Pittsfield: 1Berkshire taps development expert

The 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance has enlisted David Curtis to provide economic development specialist services to the organization.

In this grant-funded role, Curtis will manage economic development efforts throughout Berkshire County, assist municipalities with economic development efforts related to business retention and expansion, and coordinate the implementation of a lead management system that will be shared among County economic development agencies.

Through coordinated efforts with the Mass Office of Business Development (MOBD), Curtis is available to advise and assist persons that are seeking to expand and/or relocate to the region and/or establish new business in the region.

Curtis comes to 1Berkshire from the Entrepreneurial Resource System Partnership on Cape Cod, which is a collaborative economic development entity comprised of eleven agencies/entities. He served as managing partner and was the principal architect of the Partnership's Entrepreneurial Resource System, securing funding for this start-up program, through grants and private/corporate sponsorships.

He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hobart College and has an extensive background in high-level leadership, both in business and the community.

Williamstown: Special status for carpet cleaner

Chuck Roberts, the owner/operator of Roberts Carpet & Upholstery Care, has been awarded Stain Resist Carpet Cleaning Technician status.


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Roberts received the award after completing a certification test that followed technical training in procedure and use of the approved system.

Roberts Carpet & Upholstery Care specializes in cleaning all types of residential and commercial carpet, area rugs, Orientals, and upholstery (including leather). The company also provides spot removal and odor control problem services.

N. Adams: $275K for Northern Berkshire YMCA

NORTH ADAMS -- The Northern Berkshire YMCA has received a $275,000 gift from the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund on behalf of the James and Irene Hunter Charitable Donor-Advised Fund.

The funding will be used to improve the YMCA's community fitness programs, and to provide debt relief to provide better financial stability.