Looking to start a new business venture? Or expand an existing business venture? Check out the 2017 Franklin County Business Development Resource Guide to find helpful information and links to organizations that provide technical assistance, training, financing and more! Click here for to download the Guide! (PDF, 2.7 mb)
Interested in what is going on at the FRCOG? Check out the updates provided at our most recent Council meeting!
The Cooperative Public Health Service health district is pleased to offer three opportunities this fall for residents and businesses to improve their food safety skills and build their resumes. On October 7, the evenings of November 3,7, and 9, and during the day on January 27, CPHS Food Safety Agent Randy Crochier will teach a low-cost ServSafe, Allergen, and Chokesaver certification for people living or working in food service establishments in CPHS health district towns: Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne. Residents of other towns will be accommodated as space allows.
CPHS Member Boards of Health are offering these workshops to both improve food safety in their towns and build employment skills for local residents. These certifications are made possible through the support of the FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Standards Program, which has awarded the health district a five year food safety grant.
Information about how to register can be found here:
Interested in learning a bit more about what has been happening here at the FRCOG in the last three months? Check out the updates presented to our Council members on July 21:
Massachusetts’ new Rural Policy Commission held its first meeting at the Olver Transit Center recently. Franklin County representatives on the Commission include our own Linda Dunlavy (who was elected Treasurer) and local realtor Corinne Fitzgerald.
The Commission will serve as a research body for issues critical to the welfare and vitality of rural communities and, according to its creating legislation, shall: study, review and report on the status of rural communities and residents in the commonwealth; advise the general court and the executive branch of the impact of existing and proposed state laws, policies and regulations on rural communities; advance legislative and policy solutions that address rural needs; advocate to ensure that rural communities receive a fair share of state investment; promote collaboration among rural communities to improve efficiency in delivery of services; and develop and support new leadership in rural communities.
The Commissioners decided to organize into four subcommittees and to meet again in September. Interested in learning more about what the Commission will do? Check out the webpage here.
The first annual update to the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan has been released.
Click here: DRAFT 2016 CEDS Annual Report
The DRAFT 2016 Greater Franklin County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Annual Report is available for public comment until May 25, 2016. Please submit any comments or questions to email@example.com or 413-774-3167 x123.
Local municipal leaders need to prepare themselves to have an opinion on the upcoming legalization ballot question. Join the Communities That Care Coalition and Greenfield Health Department for a 5/19 workshop on the shifting landscape of marijuana in Franklin County/North Quabbin, and an update on what we know now about the drug and its effects on developing brains.
Click here to review UMass’ new Climate Change Report, filled with great data and charts to help you think about the future of our community.