PITTSFIELD -- Rhonda Serre, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the state House seat for the 3rd Berkshire District, has put forward her plan for encouraging growth and promoting new jobs in the state, particularly in Pittsfield.
"I propose a shift in the direction of economic development in Massachusetts," Serre said. "We usually think we need to look beyond our borders to find opportunity. I propose that opportunity is right here, right now. We have local entrepreneurs and local businesses that are leaders in their industry and have a history of supporting our city. The government should recognize their commitment with support and infrastructure improvements that will allow them to continue to grow right here at home."
Serre referred to an economic model developed in Colorado in the 1980s that she said found it was far more productive and expedient for a community to concentrate economic development efforts around home-grown companies that have exhibited a commitment to it and its work force.
"Pittsfield has access to all of the tools needed to implement a successful model of economic gardening in support of not only its creative economy, but in support of the plastics and manufacturing industries, the health-care community and the human services industry," said Serre. "If our community could come together under an economic gardening model to address the needs of existing employers, Pittsfield would be a statewide leader in the revitalization of the Massachusetts economy."