PITTSFIELD -- 1Berkshire, the county's economic development organization, has announced the finalists for the 2013 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards.
The winners will be announced and the finalists honored at the third annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Wednesday, June 26, at Spice Dragon restaurant on North Street in Pittsfield. The event begins at 6 p.m. For tickets and information, visit 1Berkshire.com.
More than 50 businesses and individuals were nominated this year, and the number of trendsetter categories was expanded. There are 33 finalists in eight categories, which include overall marketing, growing and advancing the Berkshire economy, marketing on a shoestring, and newcomer of the year.
The categories also include creativity and innovation, young professional making a difference, and public relations.
"We were thrilled to see the number of nominations skyrocket this year," said 1Berkshire COO Michael Supranowicz in a statement.
"When the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and Berkshire Creative began working with the Berkshire Visitors Bureau on this event under the 1Berkshire collaboration, we aimed to open the categories and nomination process to represent all aspects of the Berkshire economy and community," he said. "If you take a look at list of finalists, you can see that this was accomplished.
In addition, The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Williamstown will be recognized as the 2013 recipient of the Putting the Berkshires on the Map award in recognition of the impact that the Clark's international tour of its collections is making on the global awareness of the Berkshires.
Since launching the tour in October 2010, the Clark's exhibition has been viewed by more than 1.6 million visitors in museums in Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Giverny, Montreal, Fort Worth in Texas, and Tokyo.
The Clark has also teamed with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to use the exhibitions to create special events in London and Tokyo that have invited travel specialists in these countries to broaden awareness of the Berkshires as an exceptional destination for cultural tourism.