Why Join?

Working Together to Achieve Downtown Goals

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) is an association of businesses, downtown property owners, residents, cultural and non-profit organizations joining forces to increase economic activity through promoting downtown as a great place to do business, obtain professional services, shop, dine, work, live, attend events, and enjoy recreational activities.

Learn more about Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

Our Members:

  • Business owners whose success is aided by a vital business environment
  • Retailers and restaurateurs who recognize a healthy business community will increase sales and traffic; and cooperative programming provides opportunities to develop new customers
  • Corporate executives who understand that a prosperous downtown will attract and retain a quality workforce
  • Professionals who share our vision for downtown
  • Residents who take pride in downtown and understand that coming together as a community makes a difference in shaping the future of the place they call home
  • Cultural and not-for-profit organizations who know that a thriving downtown improves the economic environment in which they operate and seek community support
  • Visitors who understand the importance of a clean, safe and friendly business district for the benefit of all

Several annual membership levels allow businesses of all sizes to get involved:

Downtown Supporter

Businesses, restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, educational institutions – rate based on full-time equivalent employees
[ 1 – 3 employees: $150 ] [ 4 – 9 employees: $250 ] [ 10+: $500 ]

Downtown Partner

Not-for-profit, cultural, religious organizations [ $100 ]


Members enjoy these benefits:

  • Free basic listing in the Experience Pittsfield Downtown & Beyond guide
    • Member only benefits in the guide
      • A 20-word description, Enhanced Listing, of your business for a nominal fee
      • Reduced advertising rates
    • Ads featured in an email blast
  • Provide your company logo/image, locator information, description and link to your website to promote your business to the visitors of downtownpittsfield.com
  • Opportunity for business members to share their “Good News” through the blog
  • Cooperative marketing opportunities
  • Promote your business through the downtown Pittsfield Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Downtown market-rate housing property listing for property owners
  • Weekly email blasts
    • 5 Fun Finds (product and food-focused for retailers and restaurants)
    • Things to Do, ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
  • Network and collaborate with other business owners through event and meeting participation
  • Outreach support for Grand Opening; and other new business welcome and networking efforts
  • Use of DPI conference room at 33 Dunham Mall
  • Access to previous market study data and results
  • Volunteer opportunity as board and/or task force member

Additionally, the support of our members allows DPI to:

  • Implement the 2016-2020 Downtown Pittsfield Strategic Plan
  • Provide stakeholder input to the City of Pittsfield on critical improvements to downtown infrastructure such as roadways and public spaces
  • Advocate to the City of Pittsfield and other stakeholders for downtown related issues (i.e. public safety, quality of life, commercial/residential development, etc.) to support our shared goal of a clean, safe, friendly and vibrant downtown – the business and creative hub of the Berkshires
  • Continue successful efforts like the Ambassador Program that preserve cleanliness and hospitality while offering valuable work experience
  • Promote redevelopment and economic growth through marketing, strategic planning, and coalition building
  • Increase foot traffic into businesses while also encouraging collaboration between businesses and artists through First Fridays Artswalk
  • Participate on the City of Pittsfield’s Artscape Committee, Tourism Commission, and other relevant committees supporting citywide or neighborhood initiatives
  • Provide property owners’ support through research and materials for recruiting commercial tenants
  • Distribute 20,000 copies of the annual comprehensive guide, Experience Pittsfield Downtown & Beyond, highlighting Pittsfield’s gems, plus an additional 20,000 “Things to Do” rack cards
    • Guide and rack card placement, within a 50-mile radius and along I-91, through Berkshire Brochure Display and CTM Media Group brochure racks
  • Update downtownpittsfield.com – the one-stop-shop for all downtown Pittsfield related information
  • Maintain the downtown Pittsfield Facebook and Instagram social media pages
  • Create promotions for gathering email addresses and increasing followers and engagement on social media pages
  • Offer downtown Pittsfield as another exciting option for those interested in visiting the Berkshires through advertising with:
    • 1Berkshire
    • Berkshires Map
    • Discovery Map of the Berkshires
    • Facebook

DPI members understand the value of working together to achieve downtown goals. We invite you to make the most of your investment in downtown by attending special events and meetings; joining a strategic plan task force; networking with your business neighbors or reaching out to the DPI office or any of the dedicated volunteer members of our Board of Directors.

Please email khurley@downtownpittsfield.com or call 413.443.6501 to discuss becoming a member. I look forward to hearing from you and hope your downtown business will be added to our roster of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. 2017 members!

 

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