Meeting: February, 2020

February 3, 2020: A Closer Look at Key Trends and Needs in the Berkshires

Mazzeo's Ristorante
Mazzeo's Ristorante

THEME: A Closer Look at Key Trends and Needs in the Berkshires
February 3, 2020
5:30 – 7:30 PM, Dinner & Networking, Cash Bar
Venue and Address: Mazzeo's
1015 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Cost: Members
$35, Guests $40
Family Style Menu: Plated Tossed Salad, Homemade Rolls, Mixed Vegetable Medley, Parmesan Risotto, Beef Short Ribs, Chicken Francese, Eggplant Parmesan, Dessert Chocolate Bomb, Coffee & Tea
RSVP Deadline:Monday, January 27, 2020
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Guest Speaker and Description

Throughout history, the central role of women in society has ensured the stability, progress and long-term development of nations and the role of women in the Berkshires is no different. Women’s voices, experiences and participation in all aspects of society are more important than ever. This month we hope you will join us as we learn about the challenges our community faces and discuss some innovative ways you can be a part of moving our region forward.

Join us as we welcome Kara Mikulich, Chief Philanthropy Officer the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF), who will share results from a recent community assessment published by BTCF that identified key trends and needs in the Berkshires region: jobs and the economy, demographic transition, youth and the future workforce, deepening inequality, and assets and infrastructure.

Some results from the project’s survey include:

  • 60% of all residents reported challenges accessing job opportunities for themselves or a family member
  • 1 in 5 reported challenges with transportation to work or school
  • 1 in 8 reported challenges securing fresh and healthy food
  • 44% of residents under age 46 answered “yes” or “maybe” when asked if they are considering moving in the next three years

Read the full report here: A Closer Look

Why is this important to BBPW Members?

In our 2018 EOY survey “learning more about issues facing our community” was ranked the highest program interest area. This interactive session will not only provide data on key assets and challenges of the arts sector in Berkshire County, but it will also give members ideas on how they can be actively engaged in creating an inclusive arts and creative environment.