Thursday October 25, 2012

Pittsfield: 1Berkshire lands $75K state grant

The 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance has received a $75,000 grant from the state’s Regional Economic Development Grant Program.

The grant will allow 1Berkshire to continue working on business expansion, business creation, and business relocation programs for the region, according to 1Berkshire COO Michael Supranowicz.

The Regional Economic Development Grant Program supports regional economic development organizations whose activities significantly strengthen the Massachusetts regional economy. 1Berkshire is one of 15 such organizations to receive this grant, and the only organization in Berkshire County.

1Berkshire is an innovative collaboration among the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and Berkshire Creative that was formed to give a single point of entry for those seeking to do business in the Berkshires.

Sheffield: 10 local artists to share $30,000

The Martha Boschen Fund, an endowment of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has awarded $30,000 to 10 local artists who were selected from a pool of 47 applicants.

The Boschen Fund for Artists supports emerging artists or artists experiencing a significant change of direction in their work. Funding supports individual artists or collaborations in the creation of new work.


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The Berkshire County recipients include David Anderegg of Stockbridge, Laura Didyk of Great Barrington, Melanie Mowinski of Cheshire, Kathleen Oliver of Williamstown, Karina Thomas of Glendale, Lee Rogers of Great Barrington, Kristen Van Ginhoven of Lee, and Colleen Williams of North Adams.

Pittsfield: YMCA to host beer, wine tasting

The Pittsfield Family YMCA will host a beer and wine tasting fundraiser event on Friday, Nov. 9 at Berkshire Hills Country Club. The hours are 6 to 8 p.m.

The proceeds will be used for financial assistance for memberships and children. This fundraiser benefits the Y’s Reach Out for Youth Campaign, which provides financial assistance for youth memberships, childcare, camps, programs and more.

Tickets are $25 purchased either at the YMCA or at the door. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

Information: Randy Kinnas, (413) 499-7650 ext. 12;
rkinnas@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org.