Agawam will now contract with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and conduct interviews with various boards and commissions, staff, and the public to identify the town’s strengths and weaknesses.
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Officials planning to take part in the briefing include Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Oyola-Lopez, and state Reps. Bud Williams and Paul Mark. Mark, D-Peru, is chairman House Committee on Redistricting. Williams, D-Springfield, is vice chairman. Others planning to attend are representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
Hinds said he is particularly proud of the $100,000 given to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. That group, joined by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, will team up with the DCR to create maps for mountain biking trail networks at Greylock Glen, Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Park in Hawley and Robinson State Park in Feeding Hills.
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has awarded $12 million dollars to help cities and towns across the state prepare for climate change.
The cities and town will be working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Coalition as well as other local organizations to use the survey results to improve everything from walkability to social activity opportunities and more, particularly for the elderly population.