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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or a request for a hardcopy of the report.
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 email@example.com, 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 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.
Photos after demolition of the wood structure at Ramage Paper Mill site and with rocks placed along the river’s edge from July 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 413-774-3167 x123.
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)
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/.
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
The first annual update to the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan has been released.