What is the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission?

Since 1962, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has been the designated regional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region, which encompasses 43 cities and towns in the Hampden and Hampshire county areas. PVPC is the primary agency responsible for increasing communication, cooperation, and coordination among all levels of government as well as the private business and civic sectors in order to benefit the Pioneer Valley region and to improve its residents' quality of life.

Although PVPC is a public sector agency, it is not a direct arm of the federal or state governments. Rather, it is a consortium of local governments that have banded together under the provisions of state law to address problems and opportunities that are regional in scope. As a result, PVPC's planning area is designated as a special district under the provisions of state enabling legislation.

PVPC is funded through modest annual assessments from its member communities, state and federal grant programs, fees for administering community development block grants, and matching funds.

Communities Map Plainfield Cummington Worthington Middlefield Chester Blandford Tolland Granville Russell Montgomery Huntington Chesterfield Goshen Williamsburg Westhampton Southampton Westfield Agawam Longmeadow West-springfield Holyoke Easthampton Northampton Hatfield Hadley South-Hadley Chicopee Springfield East-Longmeadow Hampden Wilbraham Ludlow Granby Amherst Pelham Belchertown Palmer Monson Wales Holland Brimfield Ware Southwick

Community Projects

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Plan
District Local technical Assistance (DLTA) 2017

NOAA Aerial Hurricane

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) 

PVPC helping to build Climate Resilience 

PVPC was awarded a grant from the MA Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sponsor two workshops designed to educate city officials, community planners, emergency professionals, Regional and Local Emergency Planning Committees (R/LEPCs), municipal users, and businesses about the hazardous chemicals stored, used and transported through their communities. 

Rural Economic Development Director
Hilltown Collaborative
Community Compact Cabinet Program
MA Efficiency & Regionalization Grant

The 2018 to 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The TIP is a five-year fiscally constrained schedule of priority highway, bridge, transit, and multimodal projects identified by year and location complete with funding source and cost

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The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) collects daily traffic count information at sample locations across the 43 cities and towns in Hampden and Hampshire Counties under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)MassDOT requests specific traffic count locations each year as part of PVPC’s3C contract.

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