GBA in March, a supplemental newsletter
Your Business, Your TownMarch 2012
Great Stuff Happening in Greenfield
Here are three events coming up we just had to tell you about! You received a separate email yesterday about the Membership Showcase on March 29 from 5-7 pm at the Arts Block, which you should, of course, plan to attend. It's called GREENFIELD BREWS and it includes samples of Greenfield's finest beverages with a kick! Call (774-2791) or email Kate to reserve your table by March 20.
A New Vision
For the Abercrombie Building
Tuesday, March 13
Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria, 5:30-7 pm



The Abercrombie Building lies at a crucial intersection, near a new Transit Center, and on a street that has developed rapidly over the last five years. What would you like to see happen in that space? The building's owners would like your input as they move to develop it. Share your thoughts on Tuesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Gather at Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria (21 Bank Row) at 5:30 pm for appetizers. At 6 pm, we will tour the Abercrombie Building (56 Bank Row) and then return to Magpie to share ideas.


Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, owners of Studio Junction LLC, have secured more than $900,000 of State and Federal historic tax credits to support the development of the Abercrombie Building. Before they act on their existing plans they want to take this moment to listen to the community and business owners to see if there are new ideas that can transform and enrich the current vision! The owners are committed to having this important landmark building, sited adjacent to the transit center, play a vital role for Greenfield going forward, and they invite you to help shape the vision.


McCallum and Tarry are seeking a development partner to help them realize the renovation of this landmark building. They are also open to selling Studio Junction, LLC, if the combination of the right idea and the right developer come together. As artists, they know that the act of envisioning and creating is often a collaborative one, and they hope you will be able to join them in this discussion.


The GBA helps facilitate these types of events for building owners to ensure that Greenfield buildings are occupied with businesses that work for Greenfield. If you own a building and you'd like help promoting an event like this one, contact Kate Snyder (774-2791).

floodPlanning for Weather-Related Disasters 
Thursday, March 15

Franklin County Community Development Corp., 6-7:30 pm


Weather disasters were hard on Franklin County last year, and that wasn't good for business. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to ensure you stay up and running in the event of a weather-related catastrophe. Presenter Nina Martin-Anzuoni, Regional Preparedness Community-Based Organization Coordinator at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, will lead this workshop on forming a Continuity of Operations Plan (or COOP) so you can roll with whatever Mother Nature hands out. 
The cost is $10 and refreshments will be provided. To register please call 774-2791 or email gba@franklincc.org. This workshop is sponsored by the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, Greenfield Business Association, and Montague Business Association.


mugsGreenfield's Creative Economy

Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24

Various locations in Downtown Greenfield





Highlights for the two-day Creative Economy Summit 3 include over 35 presenters beginning with the March Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting with a panel speaking about Art and Business in Partnership.

The summit keynote introduces Peter Kageyama an internationally recognized expert on community development and grassroots engagement. He is the author of For the Love of Cities that explores in detail the value of emotional engagement with our cities, how that connection is created and nurtured, and how it can be turned into a development resource for Franklin County.

Dan Farrell, producer of Antiques Roadshow will present "Where Why and How the Arts Intersect with Business". Helena Fruscio, the newly appointed Creative Economy Industry Director for the state of Massachusetts, will speak on how the challenges for businesses and artists are very much the same.

The cost for attendance is $35 for both days, all centrally located in the heart of Greenfield.

Registration until March 15th, walks in on a space available basis.
Event: March 23, 7:30am-7:00pm and March 24, 9:00am-8:00pm
Locations: Pushkin Gallery, Greenfield Grille, Second Congregational Church, GCC Downtown Campus and GCTV
Contact Becky George 413-773-5463
















Contact Info

Kate Snyder, GBA Coordinator

413-774-2791, gba@franklincc.org