Click here to view the Draft 2020 Franklin County CEDS Plan (PDF file, 4.4 mb)
The Draft 2020 Franklin County CEDS Plan is available for public review and comment through June 7, 2020. Please submit comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail message with contact information at 413-774-3167 x123.
The Draft Plan was created by the FRCOG, under the guidance of the CEDS Committee. Using the EDA framework, this new five-year plan will serve as a roadmap for the FRCOG and its partners to foster an environment in Franklin County that cultivates business and job growth and enhances opportunity for all.
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Great things are happening in Downtown Greenfield and Turners Falls. However, vacant storefronts and buildings in need of redevelopment remain. What can be done to create more dynamic and sustainable downtown economies? One tool that can be used is the new federal Opportunity Zone program, which seeks to drive private investment into downtowns in need of revitalization.
Earlier this year LOCUS and Smart Growth America selected the City of Greenfield and the Town of Montague to participate in their Massachusetts Opportunity Zone Academy. The Academy provides one-on-one expert technical assistance to Greenfield and Montague on advancing smart growth best practices and policies to revitalize the designated Opportunity Zones in their communities (i.e. areas of Downtown Greenfield and the Village of Turners Falls). Smart growth best practices and policies encourage sustainable, equitable and walkable development that create healthy communities and expand economic opportunity.
As part of this award, experts from LOCUS and Smart Growth America will host a public presentation about the Opportunity Zones program and how these communities can leverage their designation to attract private investment. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 pm -7:30 pm, John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant Street, Greenfield. Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend.
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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 email@example.com or call 413-774-3167 x123. Click here for a CEDS Committee member role description.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.