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Help prepare for the 2020 Census

Join us on June 5th for the Franklin County Complete Count Committee Kick-off!

Next year, the U.S. Census Bureau will seek to count all residents of Franklin County as part of the 2020 Census. This decennial census is different from past years. For example, households will be asked for the first time to respond online, as opposed to filling out a paper form and mailing it. This Census data will be used to determine legislative districts and how federal resources are distributed for years to come. We need to ensure that the 2020 Census counts everyone!

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is forming the Franklin County Complete Count Committee to develop strategies and form partnerships to best prepare Franklin County households. If you would like to be part of this effort, please join us on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:00 pm in the 1st floor meeting room of the JWO Transit Center at 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA or contact Jessica Atwood at jatwood@frcog.org. For additional information about the upcoming census, please check out the “Census 2020, Make Yourself Count” factsheet from the NALEO Educational Fund (www.naleo.org/census2020).

New CEDS Committee Forming

In the coming year, FRCOG will lead the creation of the 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan for Franklin County. To correspond with the creation and implementation of this new five-year plan, a new CEDS Committee is forming.  The new Committee will have up to 19 members, with seats representing geographic areas, regional economic development entities and at-large participants. If you or someone you know may be a good candidate to be on the CEDS Committee, please contact Jessica Atwood at jatwood@frcog.org or call 413-774-3167 x123. Click here for a CEDS Committee member role description.

Draft 2019 CEDS Annual Report Available for Review

The DRAFT 2019 Greater Franklin County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Annual Report  (PDF, 3.9 mb) is available for public review and comment. Please submit comments by no later than Monday, June 10, 2019 via email to jatwood@frcog.org or by phone at 413-774-3167 x123.  This is the fourth and final update to the five-year Greater Franklin County 2015 CEDS Plan (PDF file, 1.8 mb).  The planning process will begin in summer 2019 to develop a new five-year plan to be published in June 2020.

New Labor Market Blueprint

As a member of the Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Core Team, FRCOG is partnering with the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board and others to implement strategies of the Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint. The Blueprint was developed to better align the work of economic development, workforce and education partners for the purpose of creating strong talent pipelines for our three-county region.

2018 CEDS Annual Report Available

The latest update to the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan, the 2018 CEDS Annual Report, has been approved and is available to view or download here.  Please contact Jessica Atwood, FRCOG Economic Development Program Manager at jatwood@frcog.org with any questions, comments, or a request for a hardcopy of the report.

Draft 2018 CEDS Annual Report for Public Comment

Available for public comment:  DRAFT 2018 CEDS Annual Report  (PDF file, 2.2 mb)

Please submit comments for the Draft 2018 CEDS Annual Report by no later than 4 pm on Monday, June 11, 2018 via email to jatwood@frcog.org, by mail to Jessica Atwood, FRCOG, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301, or by calling 413-774-3167 x123 during business hours. To request a hardcopy of the Draft Report, please call 413-774-3164 x123.

Brownfields clean-up and demolition underway at Mill in Monroe

Brownfields Clean-up and Demolition at Former Ramage Paper Mill in Monroe

The Town of Monroe and it contractors are completing the clean-up and demolition of the collapsing wooden building at the former Ramage Paper Mill. Funding from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Brownfields program, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and Great River Hydro (formerly TransCanada) is supporting this work.   Concerns about potential impacts on the Deerfield River and public safety led the Town of Monroe to remedy this situation, with the assistance of the FRCOG, after repeated requests to the property owner went unanswered.

The next stage of this project is to design, engineer, and construct an overlook park on the site, as funded by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

 Photo of the Ramage Paper Mill site from May 2015


 Photos of the demolition of the wood structure at Ramage Paper Mill site from June 2017

Photos after demolition of the wood structure at Ramage Paper Mill site and with rocks placed along the river’s edge from July 2017

Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report available for review.

The Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report (PDF, 5 mb) is available for review.

Please forward your comments and questions about the Draft 2017 CEDS Annual Report to jatwood@frcog.org or call 413-774-3167 x123, by no later than the close of business on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  To receive a hardcopy of the Draft Report, email jatwood@frcog.org or call 413-774-3167 x123.

Vermont Yankee – Lessons Learned white paper

At an event on October 14, 2016 in Brattleboro, the Tri-State Region partnering organizations released a white paper titled “When People and Money Leave (and the Plant Stays) – Lessons Learned from the Closure of the Vermont Yankee Power Station.”  The creation of this white paper was led by the Windham Regional Commission with the other Tri-State Region partners, including FRCOG, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Southwest Region Planning Commission, and other stakeholders.   Funding support was provided by the federal Economic Development Administration and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation.

To download the report and other economic impact studies related to Vermont Yankee’s closure, go to http://frcog.org/publication/view/economic-impacts-vy-closure-study/.

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Photo from the October 14, 2016 release of the Lessons Learned White Paper

Laura Sibilia, BDCC; Chris Campany, WRC; Tim Murphy, SWRPC, and Linda Dunlavy, FRCOG