Commercial spinoffs and startup companies associated with the University of Massachusetts, advocacy from the Amherst Business Improvement District and engaged and well-educated residents can be the foundation for the town’s future economy.
When the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a draft of its five-year state rail plan earlier this year, it faced concerns from transportation advocates and organizations based here in Western Massachusetts that the plan understates our region's economic growth potential. Accordingly, agencies like the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission voiced concerns that the plan doesn't fully reflect rail's impact on the region's economy or how additional rail system investments could help bolster job growth and economic competitiveness
While restaurants remain strong and more dining options could be successful, there are challenges to bringing more retail establishments to Amherst, according to a draft report and analysis provided to town officials.
Welcome to April's Pioneer Valley Progress Report! It's been another busy month here at the planning commission, where we've been advocating, and helping local communities implement, programs and policies that make our quality of life better.
Daily Hampshire Gazette: Hilltown Voices: Interfaith vigil on domestic violence to be held in Huntington
A vigil honoring all those who have been impacted by domestic violence will take place on Thursday in Huntington.
MassDOT and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission started working almost two years to bring a pilot project to the Knowledge Corridor Line. Commission Executive Director Tim Brennan said the plan is to have two trains each morning and two trains each evening run between Springfield and Greenfield with stops in Northampton and Holyoke.
The largest amount received in the region, at $150,000, was received by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, which will use the money to create a system for enhancing information technology management in rural communities, with Cummington and Huntington, as well as the Gateway Regional School District, among those designated as pilot participants.
On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito came to Montgomery Town Hall to meet with Hilltown officials and present two grants – one for $42,000 to the Hilltown Collaborative for marketing and promotion of the region, and one for $150,000 to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) to help the towns with Internet Technology upgrades and management.
2017 was a banner year for economic growth in the Pioneer Valley. Several of Springfield’s economic development projects came to fruition in 2017, and more are on the way with an expected $5-billion in investment for the region.
Michelle Chase, the town's engineer, and Patty Gambarini, principal environmental planner for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, are among the officials who are expected to be involved in these ongoing discussions.