Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces that upon his recommendation, Senate President Therese Murray has appointed Pittsfield’s Ward 5 City Councilor Jonathan Lothrop to the statewide Brownfields Advisory Group. One of five appointments to the group under the Senate President’s jurisdiction, Lothrop will fill the seat representing the interests of municipalities.
“Pittsfield has a vested stake in brownfields policy,” stated Downing. “Councilor Lothrop has long been a sound voice on the Pittsfield City Council and in nominating him for this post, I thought he would provide valuable municipal insight as the advisory group vets statewide redevelopment policy. I am so pleased that the Senate President has chosen a local official from Pittsfield to serve on this statewide policy advisory group -- the impacts of this appointment should be long-lasting and positive for our City.”
The 1998 Brownfields Act established the Brownfields Advisory Group to provide meaningful input to MassDevelopment regarding brownfields issues encountered in the field. MassDevelopment oversees the Redevelopment Fund and holds fiduciary responsibility for brownfields projects across the Commonwealth. The advisory group, as defined in statute, is comprised of 13 members and meets quarterly. In addition to addressing issues raised by MassDevelopment, members may also bring relevant issues to the group for discussion.
Upon learning of his appointment, Councilor Lothrop stated, “It is an honor to be selected for this important position. I hope to gain valuable insight into what other communities are doing to revitalize their Brownfield’s and to use this knowledge to assist the City of Pittsfield in the ultimate conversion of the PEDA site into productive use. It is critical that cities and towns reuse former industrial sites, as often the infrastructure is there to support industry. Re-use of former brownfields provides jobs, assists in neighborhood revitalization and helps to prevent the development of current ‘greenfields.’ In short, redevelopment is a win for the community, for jobs and for the environment.”
MassDevelopment is a quasi-public state agency working to stimulate economic growth in Massachusetts by providing project funding that helps create jobs, housing stock and economic opportunity. The next meeting for the Brownfields Advisory Group is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2007. For more information, contact MassDevelopment at 1-800-445-8030.