About the Franklin County CDC

Who We Are/What We Do

Who We Are

CounselCapitalConnectionSm-2Headquartered 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 First National Bank Building in downtown Greenfield continues to be under construction as a future site for community development.

IThe 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

Affiliations

The Franklin County CDC collaborates with:

    

Staff

FCCDC Staff

Main #: 413-774-7204

John Waite, Executive Director413-774-7204, X102photo of John Waite
Amy Shapiro, Business Development Director413-774-7204, X107Photo of Amy Shapiro
Alan Singer, Lending Program Director413-774-7204, X105Photo of Alan Singer
Vinny Natale, Finance Director413-774-7204, X106vinny natale
Liz Buxton, Food Processing Center Operations Director413-774-7204, X110
Rebecca Busansky, PV Grows Investment Fund Manager413-774-7204, X112
Judy Scherer, Operations Director413-774-7204, X111
Jackie Spooner, Business Development Assistant413-774-7204, X100
Helen Perham, Marketing SpecialistTBA
Arthur Hasselkorn, Credit Analyst413-774-7204, X115
Amelio, Feline Receptionist

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.  If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact John Waite.


BACK ROW, left to right: Chuck Bellinger, Barbara Campbell, Tom Ewing, AJ Bresciano, Philip Silva, Claire Chang, Margaret Christie, Andrea Nathanson, Darren Gale, Cheryl Dukes FRONT ROW: Matt Allen, Michelle Barthelemy, Kristi Bodin NOT PICTURED Corrine Sysun, Rachel Stoler

Matt Allen

Greenfield

Community Action!

Michelle Barthelemy

Florence
Greenfield Community College

A.J. Bresciano
, Treasurer
Greenfield

Greenfield Savings Bank

Chuck Bellinger

Amherst

Architectural Components (former owner)

Kristi Bodin
Amherst
Attorney

Barbara Campbell
Northfield
Greenfield Cooperative Bank

Claire Chang
, Vice Chairperson
Gill

Solar Store of Greenfield

Margaret Christie, Clerk

Whately

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

Cheryl Dukes
Buckland
UMASS College of Nursing

Tom Ewing
Leverett

Ewing Controls (former owner)

Darren Gale

Orange

Innovative Design Concepts

Andrea Nathanson
, Chairperson
Easthampton

Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Philip Silva

Sunderland

Green Wall Group

Rachel Stoler

Montague
Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Corrine Sysun

Turners Falls

TDBank

Annual Report

FCCDC Annual Reports:

To request additional Annual Reports please call 413-774-7204.

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

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

Directions

FROM EAST — VIA ROUTE 2
— Route 2 West to Greenfield
— Exit at Route 5 & 10 (this is the exit before Rt. 91)
— Take a left at end of ramp onto Rt. 5 & 10 South
— Fourth right (at first lights) onto Silver Street
— Go about 1 mile, and just after going across a bridge take a left on Wells Steet. The FCCDC is located in the Venture Center about a ¼ mile down Wells St. on the right. Driveway entrance is just after Rays Cycle Shop.

FROM EAST — VIA THE MASS PIKE
— Mass Turnpike (Rt. 90) west from Boston to Springfield
— In Springfield take Rt. 91 North to Greenfield
— Take Exit 26 — Rt. 2A, Greenfield Center
— Take 2A East toward center about 1 mile
— Take left on Wells St. (Wells St. is the street after Conway St.). The FCCDC is located in the Venture Center about 1 mile up on Wells St. on the left. Driveway entrance is just before Rays Cycle Shop.

FROM WEST — VIA ROUTE 2
— Route 2 East to Greenfield
— At the rotary pass under Rt. 91 and take first right onto Rt. 2A to Greenfield Center
— Take 2A East toward center, about 1 mile
— Take left on Wells St. (Wells St. is the street after Conway St.). The FCCDC is located in the Venture Center about 1 mile up on Wells St. on the left. Driveway entrance is just before Rays Cycle Shop.

FROM WEST — VIA THE MASS PIKE
— Mass Turnpike (Rt. 90) east to Springfield
— In Springfield take Rt. 91 North to Greenfield
— Take Exit 26 — Rt. 2A, Greenfield Center
— Take 2A East toward center about 1 mile
— Take left on Wells St. (Wells St. is the street after Conway St.). The FCCDC is located in the Venture Center about 1 mile up on Wells St. on the left. Driveway entrance is just before Rays Cycle Shop.

FROM SOUTH — VIA Rt. 91
— Take Rt. 91 North to Greenfield
— Exit 26 – Rt. 2A, Greenfield Center
— Take 2A East toward center about 1 mile
— Take left on Wells St. (Wells St. is the street after Conway St.). The FCCDC is located in the Venture Center about 1 mile up on Wells St. on the left. Driveway entrance is just before Rays Cycle Shop.

FROM SOUTH — VIA Rt. 5 & 10
— Take Rt. 5 & 10 North to Greenfield Center
— After taking a right under the railroad bridge, go up Bank Row to the lights at Main St. in Greenfield Center
— Take a left at the lights, on to Main St. (also Rt. 2A)
— Go West about 4 blocks
— Take a right on Wells St. (Wells St. is the street after Chapman St.). The FCCDC is located in the Venture Center about 1 mile up on Wells St. on the left. Driveway entrance is just before Rays Cycle Shop.

FROM NORTH—VIA ROUTE 91
— Route 91 South to Exit 27 (on left)
— Merge onto MA-2 E/Mohawk Trail toward Boston
— Slight right onto US 5/MA-10 ramp
— Turn right onto MA-10
— Turn right at light onto Silver Street
— Go about 1 mile, just after going across a bridge take a left onto Silver Place and follow road as it curves and becomes Wells Street. FCCDC is on your right just after the Yamaha sign.