The mission of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. is to foster the on-going growth and vitality of downtown through vision, leadership and advocacy and to position downtown as the creative and business hub of the Berkshires for the benefit of all.
Who Are We?
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. is an association of businesses, downtown property owners, residents, cultural and non-profit organizations joining forces to increase economic activity through promoting downtown as a great place to do business, obtain professional services, shop, dine, work, live, attend events, and enjoy recreational activities.
Since 1983, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) has been the recognized leader, facilitator and principal advocate for downtown. DPI has developed strategies and programs, mobilizing resources resulting in a creative, lively, sustainable environment.
It has grown in recent years to include the growing number of downtown cultural organizations, entertainment venues and restaurants that have helped transform downtown. It has also developed a close partnership with City departments that has led to major streetscape projects, parking improvements, and marketing efforts.
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. carried out a strategic plan in 2010 that outlined a series of priorities for the organization. It established Board Committees to help carry out these goals. They include Business Improvement, Marketing and Promotion, Quality of Life, Arts and Entertainment, Executive Committee, and a Special Events Task Force. The Committees are open to both Board and non-Board members. Please click here to learn more about Downtown Pittsfield Inc. committees.
Current Organization Objectives
- Identify and recruit new businesses for downtown and help retain existing businesses.
- Create smaller commercial sub-districts to enable more effective planning and marketing.
- Develop and carry out on-going marketing and promotion efforts for residents and visitors that benefit downtown businesses and solidify downtown’s identity as the center of activity in BerkshireCounty.
- Improve downtown’s appearance, convenience and safety working with downtown businesses and property owners and City departments.
- Increase the presence and visibility of the arts, arts businesses and cultural organizations in downtown and help facilitate more partnerships and coordinated events
Board of Directors 2013 – 2014:
PRESIDENT: Robert A. Proskin (BBE Office Interiors)
VICE PRESIDENT: Kate Maguire (The Berkshire Theatre Festival & The Colonial Theatre)
VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION: John Valente (The Beacon Cinema)
TREASURER: David Irwin (Adelson & Company PC)
CLERK: Jesse Cook-Dubin (Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook)
Peter J. Lafayette (Berkshire Bank Foundation)
Christine Burke (Berkshire Housing Development Corp)
David Carver (Scarafoni Associates)
Lou Costi (Wholesale Auto)
Warren C. Dews, Jr. (The Berkshire Eagle)
Gordon G. Dinsmore, Jr. (Berkshire Life/Guardian)
Elie Hammerling (Downtown Pittsfield Resident)
Randy Kinnas (Pittsfield YMCA)
Scott Kirchner (Mad Macs)
Peter M. Marchetti (Pittsfield Cooperative Bank)
Robert Maxwell (Greylock Federal Credit Union)
Mary McGinnis (Mary’s Carrot Cake)
Christopher Mills (General Dynamics)
William Mulholland (Berkshire Community College)
Robert K. Quattrochi (Retired) Life Director
Ian Rasch (Allegrone Construction)
Pamela Rich (Paul Rich & Sons)
Thomas J. Romeo (Berkshire Health Systems)
Laura Roudabush (Barrington Stage Company)
June Roy-Martin (Berkshire Chamber)
Gary P. Scarafoni (Retired) Life Director
Van Shields (Berkshire Museum)
Anne H. Trabulsi (Retired) Life Director
Steven Valenti (Steven Valenti Clothing for Men)
Valerie Whaling (Whaling Properties, LLC)
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
Daniel L. Bianchi (Mayor, City of Pittsfield)
Doug Clark (Office of Community Development, City of Pittsfield)
Megan Whilden (Office of Cultural Development, City of Pittsfield)
Michael J. Wynn (Chief of Police, City of Pittsfield)