Massachusetts’ new governor makes first official visit to Berkshires

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New Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey finished off her second week in office – with a visit to Berkshire County on Thursday.

This is Healey’s first visit to the Berkshires since her inauguration.

She made history, becoming the first woman governor of Massachusetts, and the first lesbian governor in the entire country.

One of her promises during her campaign was to show up for the people of Berkshire County. This visit to North Adams highlights that.

Healey was there to announce a new bill she just signed Thursday morning, $987 million in bond authorization to keep economic development projects going across Massachusetts, like the Greylock Works Building, an old mill building in North Adams. Healey toured the building during her visit. It’s been repurposed – with co-working space, new businesses, a restaurant and apartments under construction.

Healey’s team also asked Thursday to borrow $400 million through grants to improve roads and bridges. However, the governor focused quite a bit on keeping her promise of making Berkshire County a priority.

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Hear about why she says it’s so important to frequently visit the Berkshires by watching the video of Subrina Dhammi’s story.