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 email@example.com. 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).
The Town of Erving’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click here to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Erving MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Erving Select Board meeting on March 25th at 6:35 pm at Erving Town Hall. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from March 18th through April 1st. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or submit them online at www.erving-ma.gov/emergency-management/pages/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness.
You may also mail comments to:
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Kimberly Noake MacPhee
A series of listening sessions has recently been scheduled to gather input from community leaders regarding the suggested focus areas to be included in the development of the Massachusetts Rural Policy Plan. Listening sessions will be held in several regions across the Commonwealth.
The Western Massachusetts listening sessions are:
This workshop on 11/8 featured FRCOG Municipal Financial Management Specialist Joe Markarian, who joined us after a long career of supporting towns in improving their financial management practices at the Technical Assistance Bureau of the Massachusetts Division of Local Services.
The fall workshop series for local officials is ready for registrations!
Click here for a calendar of the entire fall. For more information on each session, visit the date of the session on the Meetings and Events tab on this website.
To register for any session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, stay tuned this fall for two sessions in Greenfield for planning and zoning boards, offered through the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative
This workshop has been moved to the Greenfield Community College Main Campus, Stinchfield Lecture Hall, due to high interest. Registrations are capped at 150 people. Register by clicking here.
Massachusetts is in the midst of a heartbreaking crisis of addiction and overdose, and one of the most important things we can all do to prevent further deaths is reduce the stigma experienced by people with substance use disorder. Only 1 in 12 people people with this disorder seek treatment — can you imagine if numbers were similarly low for diabetes?
FRCOG’s staff have signed the Boston Medical Center Stigma Pledge and will work to make sure we use non-stigmatizing language. Join us!
To learn more about the Pledge, click here.
To review an “Addictionary” of stigmatizing and non-stigmatizing language, click here.
We were pleased to host Commissioner Kay Doyle and Director of Government Affairs David Lakeman at the FRCOG on 6/7 for a review of the final Massachusetts Adult Use Marijuana regulations.
Click here for the slides.
Other handouts at the 6/7 meeting: