Residents of Hilltown region to plan economic strategy

The Hilltown Collaborative will hold an open house Tuesday, November 29.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents in the six Hilltown communities of western Hampden County are are being asked to share their ideas for the future of their region.

The Hilltown Collaborative, made up of the communities of Russell, Huntington, Montgomery, Blandford, Chester and Middlefield, is preparing an economic development strategy to outline ways to increase tourism and business in the six towns.

According to a press release sent to 22News from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the group hopes to hear from residents starting with a community open house from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 29th.

The open house, scheduled to take place at Stanton Hall in Huntington, will have interactive stations designed to identify a vision for the Hilltowns, as well as community strengths and challenges.

Residents will also be able to look at photos of vacant or underutilized sites in the area and share ideas for what they would like to see there.

Representatives from the Pioneer Valley Planning commission, and the design firm helping developing the strategy, will be available at the open house to discuss ideas with residents.

The project is being funded by a community compact grant through MassDevelopment.