PITTSFIELD -- 1Berkshire, the county’s leading economic development organization, has announced the finalists for the 2014 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards.
The top finalists and winners will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the "Celebrate the Berkshires" event at Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The event starts at 6 p.m.
Awards were given in seven categories: creativity & innovation; growing & advancing the Berkshire economy; newcomer of the year; nonprofit of the year; overall marketing campaign; public relations; and young professional making a difference.
This year, more than 80 local businesses and individuals were nominated, a 60 percent increase from 2013.
The finalists are as follows:
Creativity & Innovation: IS183 Art School of the Berkshires; LympheDIVAs; Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Growing & Advancing the Berkshire Economy: Berkshire Community College; Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative; MountainOne Bank.
Newcomer of the Year: Berkshire Organics; No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe; Red Apple Butchers.
Nonprofit of the Year: Berkshire Children & Families; Berkshire Museum; Berkshire Theater; Berkshire United Way.
Overall Marketing Campaign: Destination Williamstown; Jiminy Peak Resort; The Mount.
Public Relations: Briarcliff Motel; Norman Rockwell Museum; Rich Bradway.
Young Professional Making a Difference: Gary Levante; Danielle Trumbull; Peter White.