BerkChique! Is Back

Berkshires fashion icon Vicki Bonnington will begin planning next year’s BerkChique!, a charity clothing sale she co-chairs with Rebecca Weinman, as soon as this year’s (May 6 - 8 at the former Crane Stationery factory in Dalton, Mass.) wraps. Read more about the 2016 BerkChique! event >>

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When 16-Year-Olds Go to College

In January, Ian Bickford became provost of Bard College at Simon's Rock, a small four-year institution in Massachusetts that welcomes as freshmen students who have had enough of high school, for one reason or another, and choose to enroll in college directly after 10th or 11th grade. Watch the video or the read transcript here >>

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Entrepreneur Aims to Establish Innovation Lab to Harness Berkshires’ Economic Spirit

South County entrepreneur Laurie Lane-Zucker says he is deeply interested in the environment and related social challenges that confront humanity in the 21st century. The former executive director of the Orion Society, and founder and manager of the LinkedIn group Impact Entrepreneur, a business and industry development company with over 10,000 members in 150 countries,

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Our Next B.I.G. Idea: Review

Attracting and retaining top talent takes work. Employers need to adapt to evolving needs of today’s workers, including Millennials. 1Berkshire, through our Berkshire Initiative for Growth, was thrilled to partner with Live in the Grey, a NYC-based firm with expertise on workplace cultures. Attendees heard from Brad Lande, CEO of Live in the

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7 Gorgeous New Libraries That Aren’t Just About Books

The public library is one of the greatest inventions of the modern age—a physical representation of the Enlightenment-era belief that citizens should be able to have free and equal access to knowledge. Yet after almost 200 years, the library is undergoing an architectural reinvention, as epitomized by the winners of the AIA's 2016 Library Building

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Berkshire Leadership Program Class of 2016 – Spotlight

Founded in 1997, the Berkshire Leadership Program (BLP) has been on a mission to bring together community-minded individuals who are looking for the opportunity to learn about their communities and make a commitment to address community challenges and improve the overall quality of life in the Berkshires. With nearly 500 graduates of the program, BLP

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Nominate a Berkshire Trendsetter

1Berkshire has now opened the nomination process for its sixth annual Berkshire Trendsetter Awards. The Berkshire Trendsetter Awards celebrate outstanding organizations and individuals whose achievement, innovation, and/or commitment has strengthened our regional economy and helped the Berkshires grow. In the spirit of 1Berkshire and our continued focus on the value that the next generation brings

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The Next Generation Can Lead the Way

As April got underway you may have seen your news feed fill with articles on population loss in the Berkshires. It is more evident than ever how important the next generation is for our area. With an array of programs focused on attracting, retaining, and training millennials 1Berkshire is continuing a number of programs deeply

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1Berkshire Brings Back BerkChique! For Its Fifth Year

BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MA – 1Berkshire announced today that they will continue the tradition started at Berkshire Creative by hosting BerkChique!, the Berkshires’ highly anticipated premier used clothing sale; back for a fifth year. This year the event will again take place at the Stationery Factory on May 7 and 8, with a first dibs

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The 7 Most Beautiful New Libraries in the World

On April 12, the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association announced the seven winners for the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. They aren't your run-of-the-mill nondescript libraries. For a library to be considered a beautiful new building, it has to display a unique and stunning reinvention of the traditional library design. And

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