Technical Support for Hilltown Collaborative

The Towns of Chester, Montgomery, Blandford, Russell, Huntington, and Middlefield (together recognized as the Hilltown Collaborative allowed to exist per the basis of an established MOU) have received Community Compact funding for Regional Services (administered by the MA Division of Local Services) and Economic Development services (administered by MassDevelopment working with Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture). The Collaborative have requested District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) from the PVPC to provide direct assistance to the Collaborative and help facilitate Community Compact Cabinet efforts that look to promote good governance and advance economic development strategies within the 6 towns. 

PVPC staff support:

  • Joshua A. Garcia, Municipal Services Manager
  • Patrick Beadury, Manager of Communications and Community Engagement 

News and Articles

04 Oct

Three months into the job, Gateway Hilltowns Economic Development Director Jeanne LeClair sees her role as a funnel for all of the activities, events and opportunities in the Gateway hilltowns, all of which end up on her website at

08 Jun

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito returned to the hilltowns on Wednesday for a meeting with the Hilltown Collaborative at Stanton Hall.

02 Jun

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will be making her first trip back to the Gateway Hilltowns on Wednesday, June 7 at 5 pm in Stanton Hall, for a meeting with the Hilltown Collaborative, the group that emerged from the Community Compacts signed by the six towns and the Baker/Polito administration one year ago. 

30 Nov

HUNTINGTON – The Hilltown Collaborative and MassDevelopment jointly sponsored an open house on Tuesday in Stanton Hall. Members of the six Gateway communities (Russell, Huntington, Montgomery, Blandford, Chester and Middlefield) were asked to drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and share their vision for the economic future of the hilltowns. Approximately thirty community members participated throughout the day.

17 Nov

HUNTINGTON---The Hilltown Collaborative, the group that was awarded a Community Compact grant to help the six Gateway hilltowns work together on economic development and resource sharing, is sponsoring an Open House on Tuesday, November 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Stanton Hall.