Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Pittsfield Visitors Center - Wednesday - 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi is pleased to announce the opening of the new Pittsfield Visitors Center

The center will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 19th at 11am, at the Intermodal Center, One Columbus Avenue. The location for the ribbon cutting will be in the front of the building.

Accompanying the Mayor will be Pittsfield Tourism Chair Janet Brennan, RSVP Director Sheila Pia as well as other representatives. The City of Pittsfield is pleased to announce a new location for the city’s visitor’s center. It will be fully staffed by RSVP volunteers

Centrally Located in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District

(Pittsfield, Mass.) Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi announced that the City of Pittsfield has signed a lease with the Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority (BRTA) to open the Pittsfield Visitors Center in a highly visible storefront steps away from North Street in the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center, located at One Columbus Avenue. The Intermodal Center is the transportation hub of the Berkshires, offering train, bus, and taxi service, and is also a satellite site for Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts classes. The visitors center will be staffed by RSVP volunteers.

"The city of Pittsfield welcomes more and more visitors from down the street and around the world every year. We are grateful to the Berkshire Regional Transportation Agency for partnering with us to provide a welcoming staffed visitors center in the heart of Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District.” noted Mayor Bianchi.

"Hosting the Pittsfield Visitors Center at the Intermodal Center is a perfect match," noted BRTA Director Gary Shepard." The visitors center will provided a welcoming presence for the thousands of travelers and visitors who pass through our doors."

The Pittsfield Visitors Center had most recently been hosted at the Colonial Theatre.

"We are very grateful to the Colonial Theatre for graciously hosting the Pittsfield Visitors Center while we searched for a permanent site." said Janet Brennan, Chair of the Pittsfield Tourism Commission and Director of Food, Beverage and Special Events at the Crowne Plaza. She noted the importance of a central location for travel information. "Our guests are always looking for guidance on all the terrific things to see and do here in Pittsfield.”

"RSVP volunteers have been the mainstay of Pittsfield's visitor outreach for decades. We are thrilled to be staffing the new Pittsfield Visitors Center. Our volunteers are devoted to helping visitors find the very best of Pittsfield and the Berkshires.” notes Sheila Pia, the Director of the RSVP program.

The Pittsfield Visitors Center will open Memorial Day weekend and will be open year round, with varied hours depending upon the season. For more information about the Visitors Center and providing brochures and other promotional material for display, please contact Jennifer Glockner, Pittsfield Tourism Coordinator, at 413-499-9348 or jglockner@pittsfieldch.com. The city's online guide for both visitors and residents is located at http://DiscoverPittsfield.com

Press contact: Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development 413-499-9348; mwhilden@pittsfieldch.com