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Stockbridge continues to look at economic development ideas

AAA is the highest rating S&P gives out, and in Berkshire County, the only two towns who have received that honor are Lenox and Great Barrington.
AAA is the highest rating S&P gives out, and in Berkshire County, the only two towns who have received that honor are Lenox and Great Barrington.

STOCKBRIDGE — After receiving a AA-plus bond rating from Standard & Poor, the town has been looking at what it can do to get that ever-coveted AAA bond rating.

AAA is the highest rating S&P gives out, and in Berkshire County, the only two towns who have received that honor are Lenox and Great Barrington. Stockbridge is hoping to change that.

“I have a lot of ideas from a pretty diverse group,” Laura Beasley said, a volunteer who has been heading economic development efforts in town.

Beasley has been speaking with residents, young and old, part-time and full-time, and has been working with members of the Chamber of Commerce in order to gather thoughts on what the town might be able to improve on or do differently in order to make its economy more diverse. That economic diversity is the only thing standing in the way of the town moving up a level to a AAA bond rating, Select Board Chairman Don Chabon noted at a Feb. 19 select board meeting.

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Joel Williams
Covering Lenox, Sheffield, and Stocbridge. Send me a tip at jwilliamsbr@gmail.com
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