The Franklin County Community Development Corporation just received a half a million dollars from the USDA. The 3 year grant will help the Franklin County CDC improve their food processing center and increase sales to institutions and retail markets. The Franklin County Community Development Corporation is based in Greenfield. They work with food entrepreneurs and farmers, to help them create products for stores. They’ll use some of the grant money to purchase a washer chiller and dryer conveyor belt, and a bag sealer, an equipment that’ll help increase efficiency at their western Massachusetts Food Processing Center.
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A pedestrian plaza is coming to downtown Greenfield. It will start on Court Square, in front of Greenfield Town Hall and extend to Bank Row. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is providing $15,000 to fund the plaza design. “We are trying to make downtowns more pedestrian-friendly and helping to connect them with stores popping up downtown, and make things more walk-able, and ultimately more healthy,” said Jay Ashe, Secretary for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
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