Reflections on growing up in the Berkshire region during a time of economic transition, the impact that transition has on the psychology of that community and why, if we recognize those impacts, we will be able to make the Berkshires all we know they can and should be.
Benjamin Downing is the State Senator for the 52 communities of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district. As Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, which is tasked with reviewing all legislative matters concerning renewable and non-renewable energy sources. A Pittsfield native, Senator Downing received his B.A. in Political Science from Providence College in 2003. In May 2008 he received a M.A. from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environment Policy & Planning. First elected to the State Senate in 2006, he announced this year that he would not seek re-election after completing his fifth term.
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