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At a forum on June 21, 2016 in Becket, when moderator Smitty Pignatelli asked whether Wal-Mart should be coming to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA), Adam Hinds said (in an effort to not spoil an endorsement from the Mayor of Pittsfield), “It’s up to them.”   I understand that Wal-Mart is standing outside its Pittsfield store getting signatures for the new Super Wal-Mart.  (They don’t explain the new Wal-Mart will be at PEDA, but that’s another conversation.)   While I certainly can understand the case for a Super Wal-Mart, and I can see why Adam Hinds is unwilling to ruffle the Read more…


This article ran in the Pittsfield Gazette, a Pittsfield weekly, on August 4, 2016   PEDA’S FAILURE—the COST OF NOT FOLLOWING THE FORT DEVENS MODEL I have had numerous successes in the City of Pittsfield.  But a long time ago, starting around 2004, I failed to stir the Pittsfield City Counsel to take control of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA) and put it on a new course.  As I began writing this column, literally 11 years ago to the day, my piece “Reformed PEDA Key to City,” was published in the Berkshire Eagle (July 24, 2005).   You can read Read more…

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