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The purpose of economic development planning is to advance policies, programs, and projects to encourage economic opportunity for all. For our small towns and rural region, economic development creates a supportive environment for residents and businesses to prosper, which then fuels the overall economy and contributes to a municipality’s ability to generate revenue. Planning activities include addressing infrastructure needs, advancing downtown revitalization, and supporting business and workforce development programs, in partnership with regional organizations, local governments and state and federal agencies.

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Massachusetts will be creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretariat…

In 2022, FRCOG hired the consulting firm of Cambridge Econometrics to prepare a study of outdoor recreation on the Deerfield…

  This winter, the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources will offer two courses: "Exploring the Small Farm Dream " 5-session course…

FRCOG has just released the 2022 Franklin County Water and Wastewater Systems Study. Using grant funds from an U.S. Economic…

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Business Development Resources

FRCOG works with local municipalities, regional organizations, and state and federal agencies to create conditions and support access to resources that fosters entrepreneurship, grows existing businesses, creates employment opportunities, and…

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Franklin County Water and Wastewater Study

Using grant funds from an U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), FRCOG hired the consulting firm Tighe & Bond, Inc. to review records, interview system operators, collect Geographic Information System (GIS)…

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Brownfields Assessment & Clean-up

A “brownfield” is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as real property which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous…

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Program

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Program contributes to economic development in Franklin County through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process.  Economic development planning as implemented through the CEDS…

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State Data Center Affiliate

Through its function as a State Data Center affiliate, FRCOG can provide statistical information upon request to residents, organizations, businesses, and municipalities in Franklin County. The staff has expertise in finding…

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Completed Projects

FRCOG has been an active leader in regional broadband access equity issues since the “digital divide” emerged as a significant…

Recent Publications

The Economic Development staff has published a wealth of documents on the subject, which are available for the public to download. Here are links to the three most recent publications.

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