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New Annual Award Will Honor Late Regional Planner Tim Brennan

the late Tim Brennan at a rail station.

   A new award has been created in memory of Tim Brennan, who led the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for decades.

   The “Tim Brennan Exemplar Award” will go to a Pioneer Valley organization that serves the community while adapting to changing economic and cultural landscapes.

    Brennan was the executive director of the regional planning agency from 1980 until his retirement in 2019.  He died in March 2020. 

    Unable to publicly laud his accomplishments at the time of his death because of COVID-19, his friends and colleagues decided to create the award in his honor.

    The award is co-sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Mass EDC.

  Nominations for this year’s Tim Brennan Exemplar Award can be made through May 14th.   The inaugural award recipient will be announced at the Planning Commission’s annual meeting in June.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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