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Rural Franklin County Is Making Strides Toward Becoming a Destination

‘Something’s Bubbling’ Franklin County, the state’s most rural county, and also its poorest, faces a host of challenges today — from a declining and aging population to poor broadband service in most of its communities, to statistically lower wages for comparable jobs. But those working to spur economic development and improve quality of life here […]

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Christopher Rembold and Jennifer Tabakin

Community Spotlight: Great Barrington

Great Barrington Gets Creative for Its Own ai???Big Digai??i?? Main Street in downtown Great Barrington has always been an interesting place with lots to do. These days, it still fits that description, but for many more ai??i?? and quite intriguing ai??i?? reasons. A few weeks ago, for example, a crowd of people outfitted in western […]

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Mayor William Martin

Community Spotlight: Greenfield

Greenfield’s Location, Technology Aid Reinvention As a former economic-development director for 13 years with the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Mass., Robert Pyers was consulted several times by various Greenfield municipal employees about growing the town at the intersection of Interstate 91 and Route 2. The answer was always the same. “We told them […]

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