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Project focuses on Health and Wellness

Photo of children in schoolyard gardenReducing chronic disease and improving health in the region is front and center in Franklin County’s Mass in Motion project, part of a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work and play.  Newly expanded funding from the Centers for Disease Control will support Diabetes Prevention Programs, coordinated health care services for patients of the Community Health Center of Franklin County, bringing healthier food to convenience stores and large institutions, and walking maps for the region, including a new Montague Wayfinding Project. Read more »

MA Food Plan Moves Forward

Commercial food worker prepares saladPraised by Rep. Stephen Kulik as “a road map for how to grow food systems, from land protection and business development, to workforce training,” the MA Local Food Action Plan is in the early stages of implementation. The MA Food System Collaborative, a group working to promote a more robust statewide food system, is beginning to prioritize food system projects and seek funding to implement those projects that are most pressing. Read more »

VT Yankee Closing Spurs Collaboration

map of Franklin County, MA, Windham County, VT and Cheshire County, NHWhat happens when a three-state region loses one of its highest-paying employers? On December 31, 2014, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (VY) in Vernon, VT ceased its energy generation operations and began the long term process of decommissioning and then dismantling the facility.  This event created significant immediate and long-term impacts on the regional economy, spurring a new collaboration of regional planning and economic development organizations in the tri-state region. Read more »

Grant Funds Food Safety Initiative

Chopped cabbage in commercial kitchenThanks to a national push to reduce foodborne illness, seven local towns that share a regional health agent have been awarded a federal grant to support their food safety initiatives. The grant will bring improved inspection and data collection and low-cost and free training for food service employees. Read more »

Guide for Procuring in Emergencies

Winter is upon us and, with it, the increased possibility of the need for emergency repairs. The FRCOG’s utility pole down on road after ice stormCooperative Purchasing Program provides you with a short guide to handling some emergency issues that involve hiring contractors or equipment that cost more than $10,000. View the guide »

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Staff Spotlight

   Alyssa LaRose, Land Use Planner

Land Use Planner Alyssa Larose has been with the FRCOG since 2009. She is involved in a wide variety of projects, including economic development, hazard mitigation, town open space and recreation plans and transportation projects like Complete Streets. She particularly enjoyed her recent work creating housing plans for Deerfield, Montague, and Sunderland. Alyssa has a Masters in Regional Planning from UMass Amherst, and lives in Greenfield with her husband and two daughters.

What is L.I.D.?

Stormwater runoff is the #1 cause of water pollution in the state and the rest of New England. In this era of increasingly extreme weather events, rainfall patterns are becoming more intense. For towns in Franklin County, that means more stormwater running off of hard surfaces like roads and parking lots into rivers and streams, and carrying with it animal waste, oil and antifreeze, salt and sand, and many other substances. stormwater flowing into storm drain off of roadL.I.D., or Low Impact Development, refers to systems and practices that use or mimic natural processes that result in the infiltration or use of stormwater in order to protect water quality. A L.I.D. project is nearing completion in the Western Millers River Watershed. Find out more »

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