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Video tour showcases Greenfield

  • Town officials hope a new video of Greenfield will entice visitors, developers and people considering moving to town. It is now ready for viewing on the town's web site. Recorder file photo

    Town officials hope a new video of Greenfield will entice visitors, developers and people considering moving to town. It is now ready for viewing on the town's web site. Recorder file photo

  • Town officials hope a new video of Greenfield will entice visitors, developers and people considering moving to town. It is now ready for viewing on the town's web site. Recorder file photo

GREENFIELD — If you’d like a brief glimpse into life in Greenfield, with video clips of some of its neighborhoods, a peek into several of its classrooms, and a virtual stroll through some of its parks, a video tour is now ready for viewing on the town’s web site.

Mayor William Martin begins the tour with a short welcome, followed by a tour of some of the town’s schools. While viewers watch children from elementary through high school work on different projects, they learn a little about the Greenfield school system.

After schools, viewers learn about the quality of life in Greenfield, with shots of the entire town from above to a shot of Interstate 91, the town’s solar farm, its parks and streets, and then more specific views of the Weldon on High Street and electric car chargers placed throughout town.

Finally, for a little more than a minute the “relocation” segment gives viewers a peek at the Energy Park, Greenfield Gardens, families walking along Greenfield streets, more of its parks and ball fields, the hospital and some of the older homes located along the east end of Main Street.

The entire tour takes 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

Martin said he wanted the video produced so the town could attract visitors, developers and people considering moving to Franklin County.

Greenfield has a three-year contract with CGI Communications to produce a series of streaming online videos of life in Greenfield, according to Eric Twarog, the town’s director of planning and development.

“It’s a way to promote our town,” said Twarog. “This is good for businesses, the town and its residents.”

Twarog said the town will use the videos to promote areas for development and places people might like to visit or move to.

“Many cities and towns are doing this,” said Twarog, who said the videos are not costing the town anything, because CGI is making its money by selling advertising on the site.

The town has been working with CGI for a little more than a year, he said.

Twarog said CGI will update the videos as needed.

The town’s video will be featured on the Community Video Network (CVN), Relocate.org’s national platform for community videos.

To view the video, visit: www.greenfield-ma.gov.

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