1Berkshire is holding another in its recent series of Virtual Town Hall events on Friday. Last week, 1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler hosted a panel of local experts in a discussion about the Berkshires economy and what it will take to get it going in the right direction again.

Last week's panel consisted of Ben Sosne, the executive director of the Berkshire Innovation Center, State Sen. Adam Hinds, Hancock Shaker Village President and CEO Jennifer Trainer Thompson, and Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch. The consensus of the group was that it will certainly take a balancing act to get it done.

If you missed last week’s town hall event, you can watch it here:

(The Berkshires of Western MA - Official YouTube page)

This Friday, May 22nd, Butler will host a new panel of education experts to talk about Higher Education in the Era of COVID-19. The panel will consist of Dr. Jamie Birge, President of MCLA; Dr. Ellen Kennedy, President of Berkshire Community College; and Dr. Maud Mandel, President of Williams College.

The live Virtual Town Hall event will take place on Friday morning at 10AM. If you are not able to catch the live event, it will be available on the 1Berkshire website afterwards.

You can view other previous Virtual Town Hall conversations at the website as well.