Community Profile


Pittsfield is located in a beautiful upland setting in western Massachusetts, surrounded by the renowned Berkshire Mountains. The city has long been known as an attractive and culturally rich community in which to work, live and raise a family.

The number and diversity of cultural and outdoor activities is a key part of the character of the area, and provides a reason for more than 1.3 million people to visit the city and surrounding area annually.

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Historic Downtown Development

Since 2004, there has been a dramatic resurgence of the city’s historic downtown, coupled with a dynamic, unified program to benefit each sector of city life.

The city’s rich history in the arts has given it a strong foundation from which to build one of the most robust creative districts in the Northeast. Today, downtown Pittsfield is lined with shops, restaurants and galleries and is awash with life and culture.

This new surge of activities and projects in the artistic and cultural sector has appropriately earned the city the name “Creative Pittsfield.”

Examples of recently completed downtown development activities and projects include:

  • The new Beacon Cinema, a $22 million project in an historic North Street building block. The new center is the first new cinema complex in the downtown area in more than 50 years, and has become a national example of urban adaptiv e reuse.
  • The new intermodal transit center, providing a modern transportation hub in the heart of downtown.
  • Rt. 7 reconstruction in the center of the city. A multi-million dollar project that directly connects North and South Streets, and includes attractive new streetscaping and pedestrian walkways.
  • Berkshire Health Systems campus expansion including a new emergency care wing and a new ambulatory surgical center.

This surge of activities and projects… of which this is just a sample… ensures that Pittsfield will continue to rank high as a place in which to invest, do business and live.