MassDevelopment grant to benefit downtown businesses

February 13, 2024 : The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — The Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association Inc. is one of 13 organizations awarded grants totaling $1,625,000 through MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative Local program for small-business support programs in Gateway Cities.

The Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association Inc. was awarded $125,000. This grant, supplemented with $50,000 by the city of Pittsfield, will fund flexible financial support to 12 established North Street businesses that simultaneously undergo business counseling focused on operations, e-commerce, marketing or financial recording.

Additionally, this grant will be used to market the district and strengthen collaboration between businesses and theaters by helping drive pedestrian traffic to participating venues before and after shows.