The 2015-16 FCCC Board of Directors is:

CHAIRMAN:

Linda Dunlavy - FRCOG/Franklin Regional Council of Governments

FIRST VICE CHAIR:

Mark Abramson - Cohn & Company Real Estate

SECOND VICE CHAIR:

Elizabeth Fisk - WHAI & Bear Country

TREASURER:

Doug Clarke - Clarke Home Repair Service

AT-LARGE MEMBERS

Ben Clark - Clarkdale Fruit Farms

Bill Gabriel - Northfield Mountain Recreation Center & FirstLight Power

George Gohl - Greenfield Garden Cinemas & GBA Rep

Robert Pura - Greenfield Community College

Michael Tucker - Greenfield Co-operative Bank

DIRECTORS

Edgar Alejandro - Eversource Energy
 
Wade Bassett - Yankee Candle Company, Inc.

Steve Capshaw - VSS, Inc.

Valerie Conti - MA Small Business Development Center Network

Patricia Crosby - Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board

Sheila Damkoehler - Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association

Pat Descarage - Judd Wire Inc.

Bob Gilmore - Gilmore & Farrell Insurance Agency Inc.

John Howland - Greenfield Savings Bank

Carmela Lanza-Weil - Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association

Bruce Lessels - Zoar Outdoor, Inc.

Kim  Levitch - K. Levitch Associates

Sally Mixsell - Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Julie Orvis - Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Chris. Pichette - wTe Recycling, Inc.

Frances Pheeny - Rural Development, Inc.

Michael Ramon - Ramon Financial Services LLC

 Michael Rifanburg - The Recorder

Cindy Russo - Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Inc.

Suzette Snow-Cobb - Franklin Community Cooperative

Kirsten Wedegartner - A.R. Sandri, Inc.

 

The Franklin County Chamber staff serves the community from the Chamber office at 395 Main Street in Greenfield, MA, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Ann Hamilton
President
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Lisa Davol
Marketing & Membership Manager
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Sandra Maki
Staff Accountant
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Marian Noga
Office Manager
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Caitlin
Greenfield Business Association Coordinator
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Photos by Beth Reynolds, base camp photo

 

 

Mission: Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization dedicated to strengthening and sustaining economic and civic vitality in our region.


chamberxIncorporated in 1919, the Chamber is a private organization funded primarily by annual investments made by member businesses. A volunteer board of directors governs the Chamber, an organization of business leaders who work to improve their community and the area’s business climate.

The Chamber office, in downtown Greenfield, serves as a central location for brochures, maps, guides, and information about local points of interest and commercial resources in Franklin County. In our role as one of thirteen Regional Tourism Councils, we have a close affiliation with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. Business counseling is provided, free-of-charge, in our offices, by the Small Business Development Center and SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

The Chamber operates the Visitor Center in Greenfield, which shares space on Miner Street at the crossroads of I-91 and Route 2 with the Greenfield Registry of Motor Vehicles branch. It is a prime venue for display advertising and brochure placement, as close to 150,000 travelers pass through the Center annually. Many are being lured to "stay and play" by the high visibility given to area attractions and the efforts of our excellent staff, coordinated by manager Peg Saulnier.

The Greenfield Business Association (GBA) is housed in the Chamber offices.  Visit the GBA website here.

We are not affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

viewfrompoetsseatView from the Poet's Seat TowerFranklin County is the most rural county in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and it shows! Farms, fields and valleys form our historic villages and bustling towns. There is so much to do here - in our fine museums, educational institutions and cultural centers - but most of all, in our great outdoors!

To get the flavor of the county, you can:

Take in the valley views from atop Mount Sugarloaf. See a 360° view from Greenfield's Poet Seat Tower. Walk the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls. Ride the scenic canalside bike path in Turners Falls. And be sure to stroll Old Deerfield's mile-long street of 18th century houses.

Enjoy local arts and crafts: this countryside harbors exceptional artists and craftspeople. En route to their studios and showrooms, to galleries and craft centers throughout Franklin County, appreciate the beauty that inspires their work.  Be sure to visit Shelburne Falls, a state designated cultural district.

Follow a back road, through a covered bridge, up into the hills and down again. Cruise the Connecticut River, ride the rapids of the Deerfield River between the green walls of Zoar gap.

Listen to the blues in a bookstore cafe, once an 1830's mill, or chamber music in a tiny rural church. Find a local swimming hole ... and spend a night or two at a hilltop farm, in a gracious mansion or 18th century homestead, in villages that have changed little since the 19th century.

grf2012balloonsjacobsenBalloons at the Green River Festival (photo by Jake Jacobsen)Summer and Fall, the Pioneer Valley Symphony echoes in the air. Rainbow bubbletops float overhead and amazing music from many genres reverberates each July during the annual Green River Festival on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. Cafes and shops provide ambience for artists, craftspeople, musicians and entertainers during the festivals and fairs each summer and fall. Quilts, scarecrows, livestock exhibits and competitions, parades, line dancing, musical entertainment, demolition derbies, horse draws, thrills shows and ferris wheels vie for attention at the old fashioned Franklin County Fair.

Be sure to visit our neighbors while you are here!

Hampshire County

Berkshire County

Mohawk Trail region

Hampden County

 

“Our Chamber membership is one of the important ways that we place value on our relationships with other business owners and with our community. “ Bruce Lessels, Zoar Outdoor
“Chamber membership helps keep my staff in contact with the local business community through their seminars and events.” – Michael Tucker, Greenfield Cooperative Bank
     
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