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On Friday, Jesse Cook-Dubin ended his four-year term as president of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. The nonprofit entity has worked to promote and develop the Western Massachusetts city’s core since 1983. The corporate lawyer spoke with WAMC about the challenges and successes he faced while at the head of DPI, what his successor will need to prepare for moving forward, and more.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is exploring a renewable energy option to bolster its energy system in the event of disaster.

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Two Pittsfield, Massachusetts high-schoolers are finding ways to educate their community about prejudice.

A Berkshire nonprofit is working to bring communities together through music.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Pittsfield’s Commissioner of Public Services says the city is hard at work preparing for Monday’s Memorial Day Parade.

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Pittsfield’s main transportation hub will play host to a unique concert this weekend.

Lighting Group Seeks To Brighten Pittsfield

Mar 21, 2018
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Organizers hope a project in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts will shed a whole new light on the city. 

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Under New Leadership

Dec 15, 2017
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An artist has been selected as the next executive director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. With 209 member organizations, the nonprofit works to promote downtown businesses and foster professional development. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Cheryl Mirer about her role in the county’s largest city. 

Hurley Starts Work At Berkshire Family YMCA

Jul 6, 2017
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Kristine Hurley has officially started work as the new mission advancement director of the Berkshire Family YMCA. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Hurley, who spent three years as director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and is credited with forming strong relationships between the city and its business corridor.

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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors’ annual conference today – where municipal leaders discussed how to create change in a difficult political climate. 

A second foreclosure auction has been scheduled for the complex housing the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Pittsfield. Its first buyers backed out of the deal last month. 

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Starting next month the city of Pittsfield will begin installing parking meters in heavily-trafficked areas of downtown.

Artist Stacey Healey paints a utility box on North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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There is an effort under way in Pittsfield to beautify what some may consider necessary nuisances — large utility boxes. The inaugural Pittsfield Paintbox Project aims to spruce up the nine hulking gray boxes with colorful images and discourage vandalism downtown.

Annie Golden of Broadway Bounty Hunter performs at Barrington Stage Company's new headquarters.
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A decade after moving to Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company continues to expand its footprint in the city.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at the city's Common
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The city of Pittsfield is among a group of 26 communities recently awarded a grant designed to revitalize neighborhoods through healthy food-oriented efforts.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at the city's Common
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With spring upon us, a handful of area farmers markets and gardening groups are in the running for grants to help them expand their programs.

Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn points out the police station to Gov. Charlie Baker's Community Affairs Director Hodari Cail. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is on the right.
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Mayor Linda Tyer led Governor Charlie Baker’s community affairs director on a tour of downtown Pittsfield Thursday, showcasing bright spots and pointing out challenges for the western Massachusetts city.

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The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is extending into the winter, making it the only year-round market in Berkshire County.

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The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is offering low-income senior citizens and WIC recipients double their money at the weekly fair.

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Pittsfield’s four-story Hotel on North is set to open Monday complete with a restaurant, bar and retail store.

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This summer, if you break parking laws in the city of Pittsfield, you’ll have to shell out more to cover fines.

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Pittsfield’s street festivals known as 3rd Thursdays are being revamped this year in hopes of highlighting downtown’s permanent fixtures.

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Community leaders and members of the media toured the Hotel on North construction in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts Thursday.

Two economic development agencies in Berkshire County, Mass. are under new leadership.

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The construction of a boutique hotel touted as a key part of revitalizing downtown Pittsfield, Mass. has caused two neighboring restaurants to close while work is ongoing.

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Pittsfield is looking to engage and use its teenagers to create a vibrant downtown and atmosphere for youth.

The city of Pittsfield is reforming its youth commission, inactive over the past five years. Pittsfield is seeking applications from teenagers 14 to 18 to serve on what could be a 21-person committee, according to Mayor Dan Bianchi.

“The youth commission is intended to bring the thoughts of young people to light and give them a voice in government,” said Bianchi.

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The city of Pittsfield is looking into collaborative options for police foot patrols in its downtown.

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Designers have released plans for the next phase of Pittsfield’s downtown reconstruction.

Jon Dietrich of the firm Fuss & O’Neill is heading up Phase 3 of Pittsfield’s Streetscape Master Plan, which began in 2005. 

Barrington Stage Company's 10×10 New Play Festival is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, returning to downtown Pittsfield for the third year from February 13-23, 2014. From theatre to art shows to live music, 10×10 warms up the Berkshires winter with hot new performances, art and more.

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Plans for a boutique hotel in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts are being well received by the community.

A project that has been envisioned for the past seven years is quickly garnering support. More than 60 people showed up for the hotel’s announcement on the same day the city’s community development board granted special permits giving the go-ahead for the project. Laurie Tierney is the manager of the real estate company MM&D. She and her husband own the selected buildings on North Street in the heart of the city’s downtown.