The Department of Community Development administers business loan programs; tax incentive programs and public works projects funded by the department. The City funds small business loan and technical assistance programs that are offered through the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC).
The department supports the construction of sidewalks, the planting of shade trees and demolition of vacant buildings that have become a safety hazard to the public, in Community Development Block Grant eligible areas. It also has completed a number of recent streetscape projects in the downtown area.
Other programs of this division include making loans to commercial property owners to assist with making handicapped accessible improvements to their buildings; implementing “Artscape”, which is a program whose mission is to place sculptures and other works of art in downtown public spaces; and providing funding to various non-profit organizations for capital improvements to their facilities.