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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on New Marlborough Meeting House—”preserving history, celebrating cultural creativity”

Almost two hundred years later, the Meeting House is still celebrated as a sacred space vibrant with programming to serve the local and surrounding communities.

Business Briefs: Entry to Entrepreneurship applications; disaster relief donations; nonprofit workshop for women; fraud prevention seminar; Berkshire Taconic grant deadlines

Big Y World Class Markets are partnering with the American Red Cross to raise donations for those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

News Briefs: Local infrastructure funding; more funding for Rural School Aid

Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, announced that Wednesday that the Massachusetts Senate adopted his budget amendment to increase funding for the Rural School Aid grant program by $1 million, raising the total appropriation for this account to $2.5 million in the fiscal year 2020 Senate budget.

‘Next steps’ for Monument uncertain after panel fails to reach a consensus on high school’s future

The devil, however, was in the details, as panelists debated the pros and cons of building a brand-new new school or stripping the old one down to its core, constructing an addition and adding sprinkler systems and new infrastructure.

Let the cash flow: Rural school aid envisioned by Hinds becomes a reality

The funding is intended to help school districts with low population densities and lower-than-average incomes address fiscal challenges and take steps to improve efficiency.

Business Briefs: Lenox seeks cultural district designation; Jewish Women’s Foundation grants; new Barrington Stage board member; William Pitt Sotheby’s names brokerage manager; BTCF grant...

A cultural district must be a walkable, compact area centered on existing amenities, but the benefits of the designation extend beyond formal downtown borders.

At Pittsfield’s urging, Berkshire Hills challenges state school funding formula in strong terms

Officials say the foundation budget is adjusted and increased each year but mostly along the lines of inflation. But several expenses school districts are confronted with increase at a pace that greatly exceeds inflation: health insurance for current employees and retirees; special education, especially out-of-district placements; English language instruction for non-native speakers; preschool; data collection, including how students are counted; and transportation. 

Business Briefs: Record-breaking season for Jacob’s Pillow; Pungl launch event; ambulance services merger; new Tunnel City Coffee location; BTCF grant deadlines

Pungl connects donors with the charitable work that means the most to them, whether in their backyards or halfway across the world.

Task force eyes school union as path to countywide district, as lawmakers mull legislation

State Rep. William ‘Smitty’ Pignatelli also urged the task force to increase the breadth of its representation: "We don't need retired school superintendents making decisions about schools and towns ... It's time for new faces, and we need to engage everyone."

In ‘shocking recommendation,’ reform panel proposes single countywide school district

"Once we started doing our work, a clear consensus evolved that the one-district option presented the best opportunities for education and improved financial sustainability for the school districts." --John Hockridge, chair of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
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