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Nominate Your Favorite Massachusetts Places
February 11, 2010

Special Places in Western Mass. Have a Chance to Shine!
Pittsfield – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is hoping residents of the 48 western communities he serves will nominate their favorite destination in Massachusetts as a “Great Place.”
1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts,a new cultural tourism program celebrating what is unique about our state, its communities, and its people, also hopes to stimulate cultural tourism across the Commonwealth. The program seeks to increase visitation to the state’s wide range of exceptional historic sites, cultural venues and natural landscapes.
All nominations received will be considered for a final list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts, expected to be announced this May.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) is hosting a website to accept nominations from the public:
Certain guidelines must be followed in all nominations: the Great Places must be open and available to the public; and only one nomination per person will be accepted.  The nomination period closes April 1, 2010.
The 1,000 Great Places Commission was created by the Legislature in 2009. It is chaired by Eric Turkington of Falmouth, a former state representative and first House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. The other appointed members are:
Massachusetts Senate:
Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, Boston
Sen. Benjamin Downing, Pittsfield
Sen. Robert Hedlund, Weymouth
Massachusetts House of Representatives:
Rep. Susan Gifford, Wareham
Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, Lenox
Rep. Rosemary Sandlin, Agawam
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism/Regional Tourism Councils:
Larry Meehan, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Arthur Motta, Southeastern Mass. Convention & Visitors Bureau
Peter Tomyl, Mohawk Trail Association
Massachusetts Cultural Council:
Sheila Balboni, Lawrence
Ricardo Barreto, Boston


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