Pioneer Valley
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Media Release

CONTACT: Tim Brennan, PVPC Executive Director, (413) 781-6045

March 23, 2011

PVPC's Tim Brennan to Receive Difference Makers Award

Tim Brennan, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, will be honored by BusinessWest Magazine as one of its annual Difference Makers at a ceremony Thursday, March 24 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House.

Brennan was chosen for the sum of more than 35 years of work with PVPC, the last 30 as executive director. Over that time, he has coordinated a number of initiatives, from bikepath projects to cleanup of the Connecticut River; from efforts to bring high-speed rail to the region to the Plan for Progress, the economic development plan for the Pioneer Valley, which has been updated and revised since its 1994 inception.

The Difference Makers program was established by BusinessWest Magazine in 2009 to recognize individuals and groups that are making a difference in the western Massachusetts region. This year, Brennan joins fellow honorees Lucia (Lucy) Giuggio-Carvalho, founder of Rays of Hope; Don Kozera, president of Human Resources Unlimited; Robert Perry, retired partner/consultant with Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.; and Anthony Scott, police chief for the city of Holyoke for demonstrating the many ways in which individuals can make a difference in the region.

According to BusinessWest Magazine, the 2011 honorees will continue work started by the initial classes of winners as part of an initiative called Project Literacy, an effort designed to focus attention on the broad issue of literacy and to direct energy and imagination to specific projects to address this critical issue.

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