As officials begin planning how to reopen the local economy, a Berkshire-based organization will play a major role in determining the immediate future of the local leisure and hospitality industry.

1Berkshire, the county's state-designated economic development agency, has been named to a subcommittee of the state's Reopening Advisory Board that is focused on tourism, restaurants and accommodations, according to state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, who nominated the local agency for this role. Those industries have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The subcommittee will be taking "a closer look at what these industries need," said Hinds, D-Pittsfield, who is a legislative observer to the Reopening Advisory Board.

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