A Closer Look is a broad overview of the four-county area that Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has served since its founding in 1987. The data and information presented here were gathered from research and conversations with residents in Berkshire County, Mass., northwest Litchfield County, Conn., and Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties in New York. The picture that results highlights key strengths and challenges for the future of this extraordinary region.
of residents reported that addressing workforce skills needs is extremely important
More than 1/3
of residents who would consider moving cited the lack of available jobs
of all residents said that improving K-12 education and addressing substance abuse are extremely important to improving lives
of residents said increasing access to broadband is extremely important
reason why people of all ages would consider moving was advancement of careers
reason was that the region is too expensive
most important issue for improving lives in the region was protecting natural resources
of residents said that focusing on town center and downtown development was extremely important
residents reported challenges accessing transportation to work or school for themselves or a family member
residents said they lack access to fresh and healthy food
of residents said that limited opportunities for their children is a reason they are considering moving
of people over 65 reported challenges accessing senior services
Find out which issues matter most to residents around the region. Explore the results of our survey.
Five themes for the future emerged from our research, focus groups and surveys. Take a look.
A range of data informs these profiles of our towns, counties and region. Dig into our interactive map.
To realize our vision of opportunity and equity, we will focus our leadership on three new priorities.
People here have a lot to say about their hopes and concerns. These are some of their stories.