BLP Class of 2017

Location: Jacob's Pillow Dance We are excited to introduce you to the Berkshire Leadership Program (BLP) Class of 2017! This year marks a very special 20th Anniversary of BLP and we are pleased to accept 30 Berkshire residents from nearly every sector of the Berkshire economy into the program. They will join an

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Neal Maxymillian – Spotlight

Since 1969, J.H. Maxymillian has provided thousands of construction and engineering jobs throughout the Berkshires and New England. This month, we are happy to spotlight J.H. Maxymillian President Neal Maxymillian, for his outstanding service to our community. For four decades, the Berkshire-based family business has created and reinforced critical infrastructure, protecting the natural beauty

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Joel Hotchkiss – Spotlight

Location: Hotchkiss Mobiles Showroom & Gift Gallery, Photo Credit: Nathan Haddad The creative economy is one of the integral pieces of what makes the Berkshires attractive for thousands of people who live in and visit the region every year. This month, as we celebrate the creative economy in the Berkshires, we shine

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Berkshire Starts is Here For Your Entrepreneurial Success

As 2017 begins, so too does another year of great programming from 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Starts program. Coming off of a very successful year, the program will be expanding and improving its events to better serve the growing audience. More than 300 people attended Berkshire Starts events in its inaugural year and we look forward to

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Tad Ames and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Some of the Berkshires’ most important and recognizable assets are its beautiful and sprawling landscape and abundant natural resources. One of the amazing people helping to protect and promote these resources is Tad Ames. Tad is the President of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), a charitable organization that pursues land conservation and stewardship in the

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Jess Vecchia – Spotlight

The creative economy is fundamentally part of the Berkshires and one of its most visible members is Jess Vecchia. Jess is the Market Manager for the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, the Director of the Alchemy Initiative, and a major proponent of the strong sense of community in Berkshires. Since completing her Master’s degree in New

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Female Community Leaders – Spotlight

Berkshire County boasts many women in key leadership positions, starting with elected officials in our Legislative delegation, State Representative Gailanne Cariddi, representing the 1st Berkshire District and Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, representing the 3rd Berkshire District. Both women were elected in 2011 and have fought tirelessly to better our county and increase our visibility in Eastern

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The Women of Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

Since its inception in 2009, the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative has been responsible for facilitating numerous film, television and media projects right here in the Berkshires. Heading Berkshire Film is Diane Pearlman and she is assisted in this endeavor by Laura Gratz. Diane is a veteran of the film industry who has worked on

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Claire Richards – Spotlight

To date, nine entrepreneurs have garnered a winning spot in a Berkshire Starts Pitch Competition. One of them was Claire Richards, who had an existing business called Jameela Imports. Claire started her business in 2014 after sampling a variety of delicious, fresh-pressed olive oils on a series of trips to Jordan. She then decided to

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Rural Intelligence – Spotlight

One of the many great things about living in the Berkshires is our shared sense of community and desire to better connect with those who relocate or visit our towns. Finding a local news source that holds these same values could have been difficult, but luckily for us, there is Rural Intelligence. Since 2008, Rural

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