Letter: Tyer's vision is paying dividends

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To the editor:

Pittsfield had us at "hello." The job that brought us here requires splitting time between south and central Berkshire County. And yet the choice of where to live and pay taxes, of where our kids would come for visits, of where to call home for the rest of our lives, ended up being much easier than we imagined.

When we moved here a couple of years ago, you could already see it happening. A committed mayor with a strong vision for the future was hard at work. And it's not just the wonderful downtown — with its great theaters, museum, restaurants, coffee shops, Farmers Market, and Third Thursdays — that made the point for us.

It's the "hiring now" signs over at General Dynamics and Wayfair. It's the multimillion-dollar Business Innovation Center looking to grow the industries of tomorrow in the Berkshires of today.

It's a mayor who's paid as much attention to fixing the streetlight down the block from us as she has to forging the high-powered partnerships between government, business and community leaders that are the hallmark of America's most successful small cities.

What we love about Linda Tyer is that she believes all of Pittsfield's assets must be carefully nurtured and cultivated in order to attract a new generation of young professionals to live and work here.

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That vision is already paying dividends. Our youngest daughter, herself a proud millennial, also fell in love with this city and moved here just a few months ago — the leading edge of what we believe is a new wave of twentysomethings eager for the unique combination of culture, nightlife and natural beauty this city has to offer in spades.

The missing element has always been jobs. And thanks to Mayor Tyer's persistent efforts, there are literally hundreds more jobs in Pittsfield today than even two years ago when we moved here.

And it's only getting better. By showing up every day and putting her shoulder to the wheel — always cheerful and upbeat — Linda Tyer has achieved so much in such a short period of time.

Ronald Reagan famously asked, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" By that standard alone, Mayor Tyer has more than delivered — and she has earned a second term as our mayor.

Nick Paleologos,

Pittsfield


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