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.
The Western MA Historical Commission Coalition will meet on Wednesday, June 20th from 10-noon at the Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St, Lenox, MA.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Giannini at email@example.com.
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:
- Marijuana and youth health handout — Apr 2018
- Mass Assn of Health Boards Template BOH Marijuana Regs 5 23 18
- Fire Engineering article on home growing brought by Bob Root of Hawley FD/BOS
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Interested in new initiatives and our progress on current FRCOG projects? Check out the link below for quarterly updates presented to the FRCOG Council in April.
The FRCOG is pleased to present the 2017 Annual and Town Reports, highlighting the work and accomplishments of our programs and Franklin County communities. Please click on the image above or this link to access the reports.
According to the latest U.S. County Business Pattern data, 73% of our region’s private sector employers (i.e. not government establishments and not self-employed) had less than 10 employees. Interested in more of this data? Contact Jessica Atwood, Economic Development Program Manager at the FRCOG.
The latest population estimate by county shows that Franklin County’s population declined from 2000 to 2017 by about 670 people (or <1%), while the state and nation grew by 4.8% and 5.5% respectively. Of the fourteen counties of Massachusetts, Franklin County along with Berkshire County and Barnstable County (which is Cape Cod) declined in population.
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FRCOG’s Fuel Bids for FY19 now dictate Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel instead of #2 Heating Oil. This phased-in law goes into full effect as of July 1, 2018. In our state alone, distillate oil contributed nearly 30,000 tons of SO2 emissions in 2008; the new regulation will reduce this amount to less than 1,000 tons in 2018 – reducing the allowable amount of sulfur from 500 parts per million in 2014 to only 15 ppm as of July 1 of this year. Costs are estimated to be slightly higher – perhaps 2-3 cents per gallon. The cleaner burning fuel will reduce service/cleaning costs in equipment which should mitigate the overall cost increase. The reduction of these fine sulfur particles will impact our respiratory and cardiovascular health, especially for the elderly and children, and significantly improve visibility (haze). FRCOG Fuel Bids will open on May 14 and there are 23 participants for FY19. More info on FRCOG Collective bids is at https://frcog.org/bids