Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 58th commencement exercises to be Friday, June 1, at Tanglewood in Lenox. reports Ash is responsible for directing and executing Gov. Charlie Baker's agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Since joining the Baker-Polito administration, Ash has prioritized efforts to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic development priorities, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across Massachusetts.

The secretary previously was the city manager of his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Ash's leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. He grew the city's housing stock, expanded its commercial base, developed 10 new parks, secured five credit rating increases, and won two All-America City designations for Chelsea.

BCC's 58th commencement begins at 4:30 p.m., June 1, at Tanglewood. The event is open to the public. Tickets are not required. For more details, visit


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