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    1. House Passes Bill That Earmarks Millions To County

      The bill also includes investments in work-force training through health care, work-force training for health-care workers to transition to new systems proposed in health-care reform legislation, summer jobs programs and STEM initiatives.The bill also commits an additional $10 million to cities and towns affected by the June 1 tornadoes for unreimbursed costs and $6.2 million to reimburse cities and towns for a portion of the costs incurred in the December 2008 ice storm.
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    2. Berkshire Creative Director Named to State Post

      Berkshire Creative Director Named to State Post
      Helena Fruscio, director of Berkshire Creative Economy Council, has been named the state's new creative economy leader. Her appointment as creative economy industry director was announced on Thursday by Greg Bialecki, secretary of housing and economic development. The post has been vacant for more than a year since the first director, Jason Schupbach, left to work for the National Endowment for the Arts.
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      Mentions: Holyoke Westfield
    3. Berkshire Healthcare Buys Nursing Homes for $30M

      Berkshire Healthcare Buys Nursing Homes for $30M
      Skilled nursing facilities are invaluable for those with rehabilitation and long-term care needs," said MassDevelopment President and CEO Robert L. Culver. "WECS represents a key provider of this type of care in Berkshire County, and this tax-exempt financing will ensure the organization can continue to meet the needs of patients."
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