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Posted April 10, 2014

April 17 Community Connection on Economic Development in Pittsfield

Join us as we welcome members of the Pittsfield Economic Development Committee (EDC) to share about their continued efforts to spur economic growth in our community. Our small group discussion will explore your ideas and priorities for strengthening economic development and working with the EDC.

6:15 pm Refreshments   6:30 pm Program   at PYW (5 Park st.)

Dinner provided. Childcare available upon request. RSVP requested.

RSVP with Molly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-6980.

Posted March 25, 2014

March Community Connection

On Thursday March 20, community members joined together for the Pittsfield Listens Community Connection. This month’s focus was on the Learning Studios* and Student Centered Learning at Pittsfield Middle High School. After enjoying dinner from Jack’s Pizza, we learned about student and teacher experiences in Learning Studios, as presented by 8th grader Emlee Sanuth, HS Junior Quinn Boyce, and Middle School English teacher Chris Davitt. Read more in this month's Community Bulletin for highlights of the presentation and discussion with participants that followed.

Posted March 12, 2014

Pittsfield Meet the Candidates Night!

Read the Candidates Night 2014- Summary of Notes for more details, including the summary of important issues identified by community members. 
A special thanks to everyone who helped make this year's Meet the Candidates Night a great success!  To name a few:
  • The 40 members of the community who attended;
  • The candidates running for various positions who joined: Gerard Leduc, Art Morse, Ross Morse, James Allard and Mike Wolfe;
  • The facilitators of the small group discussions:  Kathy Bleckmann, Louie Houle, Paula Martel and Zach Powers;
  • Members of the Pittsfield Listens Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.) for hosting the first ever youth table reserved for teenagers of Pittsfield;
  • Pittsfield Middle High School for sharing the space;and
  • Members of the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens for hosting!

“Everyone had a chance to speak,” shared one participant “We were made to feel comfortable to get to know the candidates, each other, and to share different opinions about priorities for Pittsfield." Participant feedback forms were distributed at the close of the event. Of the 30 participants who completed the feedback forms, 28 people said they agree or strongly agree that “they became better informed about the issues,” “learned new things from group members” and that they “would attend next year’s Meet the Candidates Night.” Check out Pittsfield Listens Flickr Page or Pittsfield Listens Facebook album


Posted January 6, 2014

Schools Can’t Do it Alone: The Role of the Pittsfield Community and School in Supporting Student Centered Learning

Schools Can't Do It Alone

Overview:  Pittsfield Listens hosted two gatherings in October 2013 to bring people together to learn more about student centered learning, explore specific initiatives being implemented as part of the Pittsfield school redesign effort, talk about their impressions and share input.  In the end, over 33 people participated. Read More...





Posted December 20th, 2013

2013 Pittsfield Community Impact Awards!

Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2013Congratulations to all the nominess and awardees of the 2nd Annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards, hosted by Pittsfield Listens! It was a packed house for Awards Night at The Scenic Theater on Thursday Dec. 19th, with a joyful post ceremony celebration at Jitters Café. Read More...




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