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 2014 – 2015:
Board of Directors
Kate Maguire, Berkshire Theatre Group
Jesse Cook-Dubin, Cohen, Kinne, Valicente & Cook
John Valente, Beacon Cinema
David Irwin, Adelson & Co.
Scott Kirchner, Mad Macs, Inc.
Steven Valenti, Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men
Ian Rasch, Allegrone Companies
Tristan Wilson, Barrington Stage Company
Robert Proskin, BBE Office Interiors
Gary Levante, Berkshire Berk
June Roy-Martin, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
William Mulholland, Berkshire Community College
Sean Jennings, Berkshire Health Systems
Gordon Dinsmore, Jr., Berkshire Life/Guardian
Van Shields, Berkshire Museum
Rachel Plaine, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
Christopher Mills Crane & Co.
Elie Hammerling, Downtown Resident
Sabrina Tan, Flavours of Malaysia
Bob Vinson, General Dynamics
Robert Maxwell, Greylock Federal Credit Union
Ken Green, Museum Facsimiles
Joseph Lotano, NBT Bank
Warren Dews, New England Newspapers
Peter Marchetti, Pittsfield Co-Operative Bank
Randy Kinnas, Pittsfield Family YMCA
David Carver, Scarafoni Associates
Valerie Whaling, Whaling Properties
Lou Costi, Wholesale Auto
Robert K. Quattrochi
Gary P. Scarafoni
Ann H. Trabulsi
Ex-Officio, City of Pittsfield
Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi
Police Chief Michael J. Wynn
Douglas Clark, Office of Community Development
Jen Glockner, Office of Cultural Development