Business community fetes Berkshire Trendsetter Award winners


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DALTON — It hasn't taken long for Pittsfield's first boutique hotel to receive recognition from the greater Berkshire business community.

Hotel on North, which opened in June, was recognized for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map," the top honor that was awarded at the fifth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Thursday night.

Seven other organizations or individuals were also honored with Berkshire Trendsetter Awards, which were given in several different categories.

The event was held on a rainy night under sauna-like conditions at The Stationery Factory on Flansburg Avenue. Some 300 people were in attendance, a record for the event, according to 1Berkshire Chairman Dan Dubendorf, whose organization sponsored the event.

The owners of Hotel on North, David and Laurie Tierney, were honored both for their gumption in building the $14 million, 45-room lodging establishment on North Street, and for what the building represents toward the continuing redevelopment of downtown Pittsfield.

"This isn't just a great night," David Tierney said. "It's a call to action for all of use to keep moving forward and putting the Berkshires on the map."

"All the nominees, whether you won, or didn't win, you're making a difference," he said.

In the Berkshire Trendsetter Awards competition, Berkshire International Film Festival received the award in the Comprehensive Marketing category; Charter the Berkshires won for Creative Industries Innovation, and Onyx Specialty Papers was honored as Entrepreneur/Visionary of The Year.

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness was selected as Newcomer of The Year; Multicultural Bridge won the Nonprofit Impact award, and state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, was selected as Under 40 Changemaker.

The Berkshire Innovation Center, which is in the planning stages, received the award in the Growing & Advancing the Berkshire Economy category.

Each category included four finalists.

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.


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