Wednesday September 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield Econo mic Development Authority’s newly expand board meets for the first time today with a goal of being more aggressive in finding tenants for the William Stanley Business Park, according to PEDA officials.

Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, himself a PEDA board member, last week appointed Patrick J. Reuss, Pamela R. Green, Michael P. Filpi, and Paul W. Dalton to fill the four additional slots, increasing the panel from seven to 11 members. PEDA Executive Director Cory Thurston expects three of the four will be in attendance, with one currently on a business trip.

The board meeting, open to the public, is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the PEDA offices at 81 Kellogg St.

Under PEDA’s bylaws, the mayor is the appointing authority for all board members. While council approval isn’t required, the 11 councilors on Tuesday night unanimously endorsed Bianchi’s latest appointments.

The council also backed the reappointment of Michael K. Matthews, who came on board last September to serve the remainder of the two-year term left vacant by former Mayor James M. Ruberto.

Thurston believes PEDA can accomplish more with an 11-member board.

"I’m very hopeful to have an aggressive subcommittee system to enlist the talents of the new members and spread the workload in trying to attract new tenants to the park," he said.

Filpi said he looks forward to helping bring new jobs to Pittsfield.


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"The main goal is to expand our tax base as more business means more income for the city," said the business manager for Local 473 of the Laborer’s Union of Berkshire County.

Filpi was also recently appointed to the city’s Charter Review Committee, and has previously served on the School Comm ittee and the Parks Commission.

Green is a former city solicitor and an attorney with the local law firm Parese, Smith and Gold. Reuss is a recruiting and staffing leader at Sabic Innovative Plastics, and Dalton is a supervisor of repair operations at General Dynamics.

PEDA, which began with only five members, expanded to seven in 1999. The Council, at Bianchi’s request, approved the board’s expansion on Feb. 28 and forwarded it to the state Legislature, which endorsed the measure late last month.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.