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Congressman Richard E. Neal to Deliver Keynote Address at Berkshire County Selectman's Association Spring Dinner

April 3, 2013
Press Release
Neal to Speak with Select Board Members from 30 Berkshire County Communities
(SPRINGFIELD) Congressman Richard E. Neal will join local elected officials from across the Berkshires to deliver the keynote address at the Berkshire County Selectman's Association annual spring dinner.

"My DNA is in local government, so I fully understand the difficulties of managing a local budget," said Neal- who previously served as a mayoral aide, city councilor, and mayor before his election to Congress. "Operating in an economic downturn is extremely trying for municipal governments. I look forward to a productive dialogue on how I can continue partnering with local government to better serve our constituents."

The Berkshire County Selectman's Association represents the 30 Berkshire towns that have select boards as their governing body. The organization includes both past and present select board members. According to the Berkshire County Selectman's Association bylaws, the organization's primary purpose is to advance the interests of the towns represented by its membership.

"We look forward to having Congressman Neal," said Jim Lovejoy, Berkshire County Selectman's Association Chairman and a Selectman from Mount Washington. "It will give our members a chance to meet our new representative in the House and welcome him into this new part of his district. We hope to be able to share our concerns and hear from the Congressman about his priorities and how he sees the relationship between local communities and the federal government going forward."

Berkshire County Selectman's Association meetings are held biannually in the spring and fall and include members and their invited guests. In addition to select board members, attendees often include town administrators, police and fire chiefs, members of town boards, and other elected officials. These meetings are a popular way for members from different parts of Berkshire County to meet, share experiences and hear from speakers who address the membership's concerns.