Congratulations to Hampden and Hampshire Counties' State Representatives and Senators for being entrusted by their constituents to represent our Valley's interests in this new legislative session.
Springfield Republican: ‘Like running water’: Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito celebrate state’s success bringing broadband internet to rural towns
The Pioneer Valley Planning Council received $95,000 for reginal economic development planning in: Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Granby, Granville, Hadley, Hampden, Hatfield, Holland, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Pelham, Plainfield, Russell, Southampton, Tolland, Wales, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Worthington.
In 2020, food insecurity grew 45% in Hampshire County, 42% in Hampden County and 40% in Franklin County compared to the previous year, according to data from Feeding America, which was analyzed and summarized in the latest installment of the Pioneer Valley COVID Recovery Dashboard, “Safety Net, Food, & Hunger in the Pioneer Valley.”
With $1.5 million in funding for the Connecticut River Cleanup Committee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is supporting critical work to eliminate combined sewer overflows.
The Pioneer Valley Planning Committee is spearheading an effort to put the Hampshire and Hampden Canal on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
Wilbraham will be applying for a “Public Health Excellence” grant. The funding, which would be administered with help from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), would help with the cost of regionalizing municipal health departments.
“We need to have this type of program available to teens. It should be on the MCATs. Math, arithmetic and relationship health because it’s just as important to our success in all areas of our lives as any other subject,” Monica Moran from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission said.
One of the many projects put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study of infrastructure needs in North Agawam, is on the docket again.
Kimberly H. Robinson: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission committed to cities, towns of Hampden, Hampshire county
Here’s to a brighter future built off the hard-learned lessons of an extraordinary past year.
“The bottom line is we should be prepared for a lot more pain in the pipeline,” Douglas Hall, a Pioneer Valley Planning Commission data manager told the Planning Board and Town Council at a joint meeting last week.