By Diana Szynal
This week the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) will roll out the FY2020 Tourism Marketing Grant application. Many local businesses and residents don't realize the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce also serves as the Franklin County Regional Tourism Council (RTC). Being an RTC means that the Chamber applies for and manages a state grant designed to promote tourism in the Commonwealth. Here in Franklin County we have identified our best tourism assets as outdoor recreation, craft beverages and arts and culture with our target market being within a day's driving distance.
February Theme for Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary: Business and Community Partnerships with High Schools
This month’s #FCCC100 theme explores the ways we can partner with Franklin County public and private high schools. We will host a special breakfast panel with school representatives and businesses, hold a workshop on specific related opportunities available, feature a school – community resource page on our website, along with other activities.
2019 is the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary year and we are dedicating each month to a theme of importance for Franklin County. We kicked off the celebration with a breakfast featuring veteran Greenfield Recorder reporter, Richie Davis, who discussed the history of Greenfield Board of Trade, which became incorporated in 1919 as Greenfield Chamber of Commerce. He included some relative info about circumstances locally and globally and share highlights of news items over his past forty years reporting for The Recorder. We also honored members who have been with us for 100 years including Eversource Energy, Berkshire Gas, Wilson’s Department Store, WHAI, and the Greenfield Recorder.
The Berkshire Gas Company (“Berkshire” or the “Company”), in consultation with the
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”), is making available grant funds
(“Settlement Funds”) in the aggregate amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000). The Settlement
Funds will be allocated for jobs, economic development, or alternative heating programs for
municipal owned buildings, low-income and moderate-income residential consumers, or
residences or businesses impacted by the Berkshire moratorium on new or expanded gas service
interconnections, as determined by DOER.
Head to Franklin County and leave life behind for the afternoon or weekend. Take to the rolling hills, lush river valleys, and charming towns of western Massachusetts to unwind. Here are eight transcendent views to start you off. Read more
With Franklin County’s rural landscape featuring more than 75 percent of its acreage in forest and open land, it is no surprise that winter recreation abounds. Whether your destination is a resort or multi-activity facility or a quiet pond, the most rural county in Massachusetts is sure to please. From downhill and cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, we’ve got your winter adventures covered. Bring your sports equipment and hit one of the many state forest trails, or travel light and check out the full-service options at Berkshire East or Northfield Mountain. Make it a weekend and stay at a cozy inn or rustic cabin and dine out for delicious meals of locally sourced foods and be sure to sample local micro brews, wine, or spirits. Read more