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This summer, Mayor Linda Tyer’s presented the City Council with a capital improvement plan that included allocating $500,000 of the city’s $40.6 million in ARPA money to the construction of eight pickleball courts. This week the city's Parks Commission revealed its preferred home for that project.
Since July the city has hosted 10 familiarization, or fam, trips with the goal of attracting millennial visitors to the city and the bloggers and influencers they follow. The Eagle decided to take a look at what those bloggers thought of their visits.
City leaders say a recent study of Pittsfield visitors show that 65 percent are between ages of 18 and 44. To keep the attention of these millennial travelers, Pittsfield is using a portion of its ARPA funds in a new marketing campaign.
The town of Great Barrington has opened the application process for local nonprofits seeking grants from American Rescue Plan Act funds received by the town.
The unions representing Pittsfield patrol officers and superior officers are asking city leaders to put a little more than a quarter million dollars of the city's $40.6 million in American Rescue Plan money toward hazard pay for the city's police force.
Senators will vote Thursday on a $4.3 billion economic development bill that would more than double the House-approved investment in human service provider rates and affordable housing construction, and take a different route to long-awaited tax reforms.
Two churches, landmarks in Pittsfield's downtown, are pivotal pieces of the city's new response to housing instability. At a press conference Monday, Mayor Linda Tyer announced the city is putting $8.6 million in ARPA money to these and other new housing projects.
In the year since the first of the federal coronavirus relief money was delivered to Pittsfield's bank accounts, officials have allocated or earmarked close to $23 million worth of projects — slightly more than half what's headed to the city.
Mayor Linda Tyer had planned to direct only another $100,000 to community organizations after granting $5.9 million in April. Tyer said when the applications for the second round came in, she decided to allot more.
After Friday, Massachusetts residents will no longer be able to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Housing advocates want lawmakers to tap into state government's roughly $2.3 billion in remaining federal American Rescue Plan Act funds or a developing tax revenue surplus to keep expanded emergency housing aid flowing.