New Pioneer Valley data website launched

Regional planning organizations have joined forces to launch a new website its creators hope will help attract businesses to the Pioneer Valley.

The new website, www.pinoeervalleydata.org, is a public version of the five different Pioneer Valley planning organizations data.  Which means all that information is available to people looking to possibly bring their business in the Western Massachusetts region.

During Wednesday’s announcement meeting, many planning board members commented that the new site will be a big help to those trying to apply for grant money for certain development projects.

Some of the data available on the site includes census numbers, crime statistics, and education data for the region.

Tim Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission told 22News this information will be useful for big companies, individuals, or small business owners deciding where to put their business.

“Whether you’re a business in the region or one looking from the outside and want to check us out before you actually come on site, you can do it, and that’s enormously beneficial particularly to site selectors around the country,” Brennan said.

The website was a collaborative effort by ROADS, short for Regional Organizations Advanced Data Sharing.

The five organizations involved in putting the site together include the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

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