• 2016-2020 Downtown Pittsfield Strategic Plan implementation underway with four task force groups – one per strategy – taking action to achieve the constituent-driven objectives of the plan
  • Advocacy: increase in the police department’s budget for staffing and equipment, Beacon Cinema, reduced and posted speed limit downtown, handicapped parking spaces, allocation of free parking spaces, postpone paid parking to “go-live” after the holiday shopping season, snow removal, and business access and communication concerning streetscape improvements
  • Continued improvements to downtownpittsfield.com – your one-stop shop for downtown-related information
  • Comprehensive 50-page guide, distributed within a 50-mile radius and along I91, highlighting Pittsfield’s assets and downtown’s diverse business mix
  • Two weekly email blasts focused on downtown products, food, events and news
  • Increased online presence through paid advertising and social media
  • Downtown Ambassadors and Pittsfield Police Department foot and bike patrols
  • Streetscape improvements completed between Columbus Ave. & Maplewood
  • Parking plan implementation underway
    • Wayfinding signage & parking meters installed
    • Ordinance changes complete
    • January 3, 2017 paid parking begins – cityofpittsfield.org/park
  • Onota Building market-rate apartments construction complete with 25 units. Additional downtown market-rate housing development plans in the works
  • Representation as a core partner on the Working Cities Pittsfield grant-funded initiative developed to address socio-economic barriers in Pittsfield
  • Contributions to downtown Pittsfield as a public art destination – Pittsfield Paintbox Project and the Pittsfield Lightscape Project coming soon
  • Several businesses opened or relocated to downtown
  • Increased programming at the First St. Common
  • Special events partnerships: First Fridays Artswalk, Light It Up Blue, Ethnic Fair, Creating a Trauma-Informed Community and more