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Tuesday November 01 2011 - Business Environmental Network (BEN) for North Central Mass

North Central Mass Business Environmental Network Returns

The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), in conjunction with the North Central Mass Economic Development Council (NCMDC) will continue its Business Environmental Network (BEN) for North Central Mass to help business stay up‐to‐date on issues and opportunities pertaining to environmental, health or safety (EHS).

The OTA, a non‐regulatory, free, confidential service provided to manufacturers and others who wish to save money by reducing toxics, water and energy use, and stay in compliance with EHS requirements, started similar roundtables in the state, and facilitates meetings and organization as desired by member companies. Since its inception, the NCMEDC has chosen to focus program efforts on lending and financing assistance to support economic development and has been successful in becoming the major alternative lending source in the region. The Council is composed of representatives from the entire 26‐community region. It is advisory in function and involves business and community leaders, five Chambers of Commerce, regional planning and development organizations, and state and municipal elected officials among others totaling 122 members in 2008.

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 8‐10am

Where: NCMCC, 860 South Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Agenda: “New Proposed Rules Regarding Processing of Hazardous Materials and Preventive Emergency Planning"

Timothee Rodrique, Director of the Fire Marshall’s office, on the new proposed rules, intended to prevent another incident such as the explosion in Danvers.

Rick Reibstein, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, on the concept of making emergency planning actually preventive: “the bomb can’t go off if it’s not there”.

Scott Graves, Insurance Center of New England, on whether or not you have coverage, and what you might consider pertaining to hazardous materials use.

Contact torres@massweb.org or (978) 353‐7600 x235 to reach Marissa for more details. Register for this event by visiting northcentralmass.com.