About Us

Mission Statement

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.

Background Information:

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

  1. Identify and recruit new businesses for downtown and help retain existing businesses.
  2. Create smaller commercial sub-districts to enable more effective planning and marketing.
  3. 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.
  4. Improve downtown’s appearance, convenience and safety working with downtown businesses and property owners and City departments.
  5. 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

Officers

President

Kate Maguire, Berkshire Theatre Group

Vice President

Jesse Cook-Dubin, Cohen, Kinne, Valicente & Cook

VP Administration

John Valente, Beacon Cinema

Treasurer

David Irwin, Adelson & Co.

Clerk

Scott Kirchner, Mad Macs, Inc.

Nominating Chairperson

Steven Valenti, Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men

Directors

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

 

Life Directors

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