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The nonprofit Massinc Policy Center produces rigorous, nonpartisan research and collaborates with civic leaders to find solutions to complex social and economic challenges.

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Latest Articles

This week’s Gateway Cities Leader

Josh Rickman is the Manager of Operations and Planning at the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, the largest regional transit authority in Massachusetts serving 24 member communities.

Watch MassINC’s Benjamin Forman discuss criminal justice

On WGBH’s Greater Boston with Jim Braude

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On September 30th, MassINC Research Director Benjamin Forman sat down with Jim Braude on WGBH’s Greater Boston to discuss criminal justice and his latest report: Exploring the Potential for Pretrial Innovation in Massachusetts. Segment begins at 10:00 mark.

The Topline from MPG

Solar’s future’s so bright it’s gonna need shades

Governor Baker popped down the hall yesterday to testify in support of his administration’s bill lifting the cap on net metering for solar power projects. Net metering allows residents, businesses or municipalities to “sell back” solar power to the grid, lowering their electric bills, in some cases to the point where the power company actually

Starting a National Conversation on Career Literacy

“The Massachusetts Institute of College and Career Readiness hosted a webinar for leaders in Gateway Cities and communities across the country working to build robust college and career pathways for their students.” The webinar—which features presentations from Pathways to Prosperity author William Symonds and BU Associate Dean of Research, Scott Solberg—can be viewed in its entirety

MPG’s Steve Koczela testifies on Regional Ballots for Transportation

This morning MPG President Steve Koczela testified before the Joint Committee on Revenue regarding public support for regional ballots for transportation. The Committee was considering a bill sponsored by State Sen. Ben Downing (S.B. 1474), which would allow cities, towns and regions to place local taxes to fund transportation projects before the voters as ballot

Gateway Cities Public Safety Leadership Summit

Crime-fighting summit draws AG, area police chiefs, mayors

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MassINC gathered with Gateway City public safety leaders in Lawrence for an event hosted by Mayor Rivera, a co-chair of our Gateway Cities Innovation Institute. The meeting brought together mayors, city managers, and police chiefs representing nearly two dozen cities for an open dialogue on community policing and reentry. These Gateway City leaders were joined

Lending a helping hand to our cause

Dear Friends: Last week you received an email inviting you to join us for the Third Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Awards. We love hosting this event. When the greater Gateway City community comes together to celebrate their collective achievements, we breath in the positive energy, filling our lungs for another year of hard work.

This week’s Gateway Cities Leader

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Why did you want to be a part of the Lawrence Partnership? I’ve been working in community development for a number of years, and I was excited by the Lawrence Partnership’s approach. We’re working across sectors to find innovative solutions to our community’s most pressing issues. The people involved on the board are a huge

Did you know?

  • ApexReport
    For decades, the state’s college-educated labor force grew at a fast clip. This growth engine has stalled. If we don’t respond effectively, the Commonwealth’s college-educated labor force will shrink. MassINC research revealed this trend.

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    We enjoy what we do.

    Whether it’s planning events, conducting research, or analyzing the news, our team works on projects that we’re passionate about.

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    Trevor PollackManager of Special Projects for the Barr Foundation

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