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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Emergencies

Disaster preparedness includes every member of the family.  Don’t forget the pets!!

The Cost of Not Preparing for Natural Disasters

The US experienced 10 distinct billion-dollar disasters in 2015!  What will 2016 bring?

Turners Falls Tree Inventory Released

tree icon plan viewThe Turners Falls Tree Inventory was completed in fall of 2015 and provides the Town of Montague with a GIS (geographic information system) data layer with each tree’s location, genus, species, common name, height, canopy spread, condition and other vital information. This data layer, along with printed maps, infographic poster, and report, will be used by the Town of Montague’s Planning and Conservation Department and DPW to manage, maintain, and plan for additional plantings of trees in Turners Falls. Download the infographic poster and final report. For more information, contact Mary Praus at mpraus@frcog.org.

Whately Food Assessment Released

Whately Food Assessment 2015 Article GraphicThe Whately Food Assessment was completed in December 2015 and helps the Whately Agricultural Commission make the case for protecting one of Whately’s greatest assets – it’s excellent farmland. The report, presented as a series of infographics, is available at the Whately Town Hall, Library and in the Whately newsletter, and illustrates the economic impact of Whately’s farms to the community. It also addresses the cost of community services and the status of preserved land in Whately to date. The report also provides strategies for protecting more farmland, especially important as the housing market begins to pick up, putting some of Whately’s agricultural land at risk for development. The complete report is AVAILABLE HERE. For more info, contact Mary Praus at mpraus@frcog.org or 413 774 3167 x131.

Presentations from the Municipal Partnerships Conference

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Lt. Gov. Polito kicks off the conference to a standing-room only crowd of municipal officials.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies hosted the Elevating Municipal Partnerships Conference in Worcester on 11/12/15.  For more information on the Community Compact program, click here.  Session presentations are available below:

Financial Management Best Practice Session Presentations:

MTWP Community Compact Conference Nov 2015
JOHN Budgeting Best Practices Presentation 11-12-15
SARAH Fiscal Management-Sarah Stanton-City of Salem
SEAN Slide for Muni Summit 11-2015

IT Best Practice Session Presentations:
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Nat_Ashland_coUrbanize Presentation
JerrardWhitten_RegionalCMMS11.2015

Housing and Economic Development Best Practice Session Presentations:
Athol Interactive Mapping
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Regionalization Best Practice Session Presentations:
Regional Partnerships – Group Purchases – Holy Cross 2015
South County EMS Regionalization Presentation
For more information on sharing municipal services in Massachusetts, click here.

Transportation Best Practice Session Presentations:
2015-11-12 CrossTown Connect TMA Presentation
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Energy and Environment

Climate Vulnerability Assessment, Quincy MA

FRCOG Autumn Newsletter

connrivWe are pleased to release this season’s issue of the FRCOG Newsletter. Please let us know if you would like it emailed to you by clicking here, and read the information-packed issue here: 2015 autumn newsletter

When is an electrical permit and license required?

Our electrical inspector, Tom McDonald, has some important news to share about the usefulness and requirement of applying for an electrical permit and hiring a licensed electrician.  To see more, please click here.

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Get Licensed to Support the Environment!

Did you know that the state’s “Preserve the Trust” license plates help support water quality protection right here in Franklin County?  According to the Mass Environmental Trust,  currently three plates are offered,  representing the coastal, central and western regions of the state (the Western Mass plate depicts a leaping Brook Trout). Proceeds from the sale of over 50,000 environmental license plates have funded more than $16 million in environmental protection and education projects. Approximately $1 million in grants is awarded annually to fund a diverse array of environmental efforts.

Click here for more information.

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