About the Franklin County CDC

Who We Are/What We Do

Our Mission

The purpose of the corporation is to stimulate a more vital rural economy, to maximize community control over our future economic destiny, and to expand opportunities for low and moderate income residents.

Who We Are

Past and Present Board and Staff pose in front of 40 year timeline activity.

Headquartered in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC) is an economic development non profit organization providing comprehensive business development education, access to capital, commercial office and manufacturing space plus home of the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center.

The FCCDC was formed in 1979 to maximize community control over our future economic destiny. At that time, a number of manufacturing companies in the area were closing and moving elsewhere. The FCCDC has changed over the years as the needs of the community have changed. Yet our programs and activities are still geared toward stimulating a robust economy that closely fits our sense of place – our hills and valleys, and our towns and villages.

What We Do

The Franklin County Community Development Corporation assists small business owners with business development in business planning, lending, and commercial space. Our goal is to help entrepreneurs who live or work in Western Massachusetts and the North Quabbin to minimize their risks by connecting them to resources and information to maximize their success.

The Western MA Food Processing Center (Food Center) helps guide specialty food entrepreneurs from throughout the New England region along the path to launch and manufacture food products.

The FCCDC’s commercial properties provide a space for new entrepreneurs in their early years. Since 1989 the Venture Center has been incubating and growing businesses by offering commercial space. Today there are 8 current businesses with one anchor tenant.

The FCCDC team consists of experienced staff, industry expert consultants and dedicated volunteers. The Franklin County CDC is funded by program fees (rental income, loan payments and tuition), state and federal grants and private contributors.

The FCCDC can:

  • assist with business planning for pre-venture and existing business owners.
  • connect business owners with information and referrals
  • provide financial support for working capital, new equipment, general business needs.
  • provide commercial space for office or light manufacturing businesses
  • arrange for commercial kitchen space for value added food production

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Staff

FCCDC Staff

photo of John WaiteJohn Waite, Executive DirectorJohn Waite has been Executive Director of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC) since March 2000. John oversees all programs and finances of the organization. He has helped expand the Business Assistance Program, the Small Business Lending program, and construct and operate the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center. Most recently he has helped expand the FCCDC’s work in Food Systems and Racial Equity and is leading the Strategic Planning process during the organization’s 40th Anniversary year.
John has a Business degree from University of Massachusetts and a Masters degree from Columbia University. He has over 35 years of community economic development experience, including Peace Corps in Burkina Faso and Uzbekistan, CARE/UNDP in Uganda, Community Organization in Brooklyn working with Refugee entrepreneurs. He is on many boards and committees at the local, regional and national organizations.
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Traci Talbert, Racial Justice and Community Engagement LeaderTraci Talbert joined the FCCDC as the Racial Justice Community Engagement Leader in late 2020. Traci appreciates and values the significance of cultural competence as a tool for achieving success and making significant changes in our ever-changing world. "Take the time to discern, by listening to the individuals that surround you and, asking significant questions, before constructing a conclusion," she says.

Traci has spent the last five years facilitating presentations on diversity and cultural awareness in various organizations, incorporating customer service skills as a strategic initiative to develop a team and grow a business. Traci is an adjunct faculty member at Cambridge College and Bay Path University. She is teaching Business Management, Project Management, Diversity in the Workplace, Business Ethics, Leadership Models, and the Capstone Research Project.
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Photo of Amy ShapiroAmy Shapiro, Business Development DirectorAmy Shapiro has been the Business Assistance Director at the FCCDC since 2001.
Amy has an MBA and owned and operated a family business for many years. She is a seasoned business owner, business consultant and instructor skilled in entrepreneurial training, business management, advising and strategic planning. She has experience working with businesses, communities, non-profit organizations, arts & culture, trade associations and young people to promote programs, conduct outreach and provide classroom and one-on-one training. Strengths include client recruitment, counseling, teaching and course design. She has strong knowledge of local and national business trends, and the ability to collaborate with a diverse blend of professionals, business leaders, instructors and students.
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Glen Ohlund, Lending Program DirectorGlen Ohlund has been the Business Lending Director at the FCCDC since 2022. He has worked in community economic development and business finance for more than 30 years. Glen is excited to be lending in western Massachusetts and is committed to sustainable development that adds value to businesses, builds community, and benefits people who may have challenges in access to capital and wealth creation. Glen holds a B.S. in business management and an M.S. in community economic development, both obtained at Southern New Hampshire University. He also is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. Glen serves on the board of a nonprofit focused on land access and farm tenure, as well as on the Loan Committee of a regional Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). He has a consultancy practice serving community planning efforts and reviewing applications for several federal agencies. He lives with his artist-wife Tracy Vernon in Montague. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and fly fishing, although not at the same time.413-774-7204, X105
Scott LaRochelle, Administrative AssistantScott has been providing administrative support since the early 90s at a variety of organizations. His background comes from working with production factories, doctor’s offices, daycares, and most recently a local union as their office manager. Scott has worked with, and alongside of, many nonprofits over the years. He did physical labor, office work, fundraising, and pretty much anything needed to get to the agency’s goal. Scott has done volunteer work since 2001 and understands the need for people to get involved in helping others. Scott joined the organization in late 2021.413-774-7204, X100
Rebecca Busansky, PV Grows Investment Fund ManagerRebecca Busansky is the Program Manager for the PVGrows Investment Fund (PVGIF). PVGIF provides financing and technical assistance to farm and food entrepreneurs located primarily in western Massachusetts through community investments. She has worked for PVGrows since 2013, and joined the FCCDC team in 2015 to launch the PVGrows Investment Fund, with a focus on developing and maintaining relationships with local food system borrowers and community investors. She has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and has worked in community economic development for more than 25 years. 413-774-7204, X112
Arthur Haselkorn, Credit AnalystArthur Haselkorn is the Credit Analyst reporting to Glen Ohlund, Lending Program Director. He supports all aspects of lending, from his initial interview, to collection and analysis of data, and ultimate decision making. He then follows with loan structure, documentation, and monitoring of ongoing relationships. His background includes both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business, along with extensive experience in all aspects of lending both on behalf of banks and commercial finance lenders. He’s working at FCCDC to help grow and strengthen the employment base of Franklin County.413-774-7204, X115
Liz Buxton, Food Processing Center Operations DirectorLiz Buxton has been the Director of Operations of the Western MA Food Processing Center (WMFPC) since August of 2013. Liz has over 30 years of management experience in food service, food production and food safety. She has held positions in many facets of food production such as restaurants, business and industry food service, college food service, and K-12 food service. Liz holds certificates in Better Process Control School, HACCP Plan development, Juice HACCP, FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food , Serv-Safe and OSHA 10 and 30. She works directly with food entrepreneurs to scale up and make their processes commercial ready and with local farms to develop value added products from their crops. 413-774-7204, X110
Kate Minifie, Food Business CoordinatorKate Minifie is the Food Business Manager for the Western MA Food Processing Center. Kate has worked across many sectors of the local food system, including on farms, in restaurants and in the nonprofit sector as a farm to school and local food system advocate. At the Food Processing Center, Kate is the first point of contact for clients making a specialty food product in the facility. She helps clients navigate systems for bringing a product to market, including recipe development, food safety, licensing and regulatory navigation, business planning and more. In addition, she coordinates product sourcing and sales for the Valley Vegetables program, a line of frozen local veggies sold to schools and institutions. Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and strives to apply this lens to her work at the FPC in order to build a more resilient food system that is accessible to all.413-774-7204, X104
Shannon Martineau, Finance DirectorShannon Martineau is the Director of Finance at the FCCDC. A finance leader with over fifteen years’ experience working in retail banking and the nonprofit community, Shannon leads the financial and administrative functions. She comes to work excited to make a difference in the lives of others by utilizing her experience with financial accounting, tax law, grant writing, small business consulting and organizational leadership skills. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the Isenberg School of Management. In her free time, Shannon enjoys New England's four seasons by spending time outdoors with her family and friends.413-774-7204, X106
Judy Scherer, Operations DirectorJudy Scherer, the Director of Operations at the FCCDC, has been here since 2005. She is responsible for IT and maintenance of efficient office operations for the FCCDC and Venture Center. She brings many years of varied work experiences to the job. She also brings Amelio, our feline receptionist, to provide his warm welcome to visitors. Judy coordinates training activities, manages data collection and reporting for programs. 413-774-7204, X111
Kate Lawless, Communications DirectorCommunications Director Kate strives to make sure that people understand the impact that the FCCDC and its programs have on the communities they serve. Kate’s background is in journalism; she worked for print outlets covering beats including corporate finance, Brooklyn neighborhoods, and New England politics before transitioning to marketing and communications roles at independent schools. She has also held leadership positions in nonprofits serving family farmers and local businesses. She is passionate about strengthening local economies, increasing equity, and creating community. She holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo, an M.A. in journalism from New York University, and an M.A. in sustainable landscape planning and design from the Conway School. 413-774-7204, X114
woman smilingTricia Wancko, Massachusetts Agriculture Innovation Center DirectorTricia Wancko is the Massachusetts Agriculture Innovation Center (MAIC) Director at the FCCDC, providing technical assistance and coordinating a network of partners across Massachusetts that help farms launch and scale value-added product ventures safely, legally, and sustainably. She joined the FCCDC in 2022. Tricia has more than 15 years of experience working at national nonprofits, with local farm and food businesses, and in hospitality. She's an entrepreneur at heart and is passionate about cultivating robust food cultures, resilient local economies, and regional food systems. Tricia holds a B.S. in communications from Boston University and an M.A. in food studies, along with an M.B.A. from Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability.413-774-7204, X116

Board

FCCDC Board of Directors

The Franklin County CDC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected annually at our Annual Meeting. Board members represent the members of the CDC from throughout Franklin County. Board members appreciate hearing from CDC members. To speak with any Board member, please contact the CDC office and we will be glad to put you touch with the appropriate person.

We’re looking for additional community members to join our board! If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact John Waite.

Our Board of Directors

Name

Position

Joined

Town

Workplace

Darren Gale

Chairperson

2008

Orange

Innovative Design Concepts

Andrea Nathanson

NA

2014

Easthampton

Springfield Technical Community College

Tom Ewing

NA

2018

Leverett

Ewing Controls (former owner)

Tanisha Arena

NA

2021

Springfield

Arise for Social Justice

Leda Mahmoodi

NA

2021

Northampton

Bova Harrington & Assoc.

Michael Buckmaster

NA

2021

Longmeadow

Greenfield Cooperative Bank

Affiliations

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Annual Reports and Audited Financials

Contact/Directions

Contact the Franklin County Community Development Corporation

FCCDC

324 Wells St

Greenfield, MA

01301

Phone: (413) 774-7204

or email John Waite for more information.

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Careers at the FCCDC

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