ARTICLES By John Schneider

Creative Places

Public Perceptions of Arts, Culture, and Economic Development in Gateway Cities

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This poll was commissioned by MassINC as part of a newly-funded initiative to create a leadership network around the role of the arts in the economic revitalization of Gateway Cities, a strategy the National Endowment for the Arts calls “creative placemaking.” The survey, given to 600 registered voters among the eleven Gateway Cities, informs that

Next stop, Massachusetts

Strategies to Build the Bay State’s Transportation Future and Keep our Economy Moving

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Building from discussions at May’s National Transit Summit, a new strategy paper, Next Stop, Massachusetts  focuses on state transportation policies fundamental to the Commonwealth’s long-term economic competitiveness. Despite years of independent reports sounding the alarm, the state’s inadequate transportation finances continue to place this critical infrastructure in jeopardy. This stubborn challenge persists because transportation lacks

Building for the Future

Foundations for a Springfield Comprehensive Growth Strategy

Springfield has enormous assets, but like other midsize cities throughout the Northeast and Midwest, it struggles to get past decades of disinvestment brought on by manufacturing decline and residential disinvestment. To rebuild and reposition for the knowledge economy, communities like Springfield need long-term strategies – plans that address challenges and leverage opportunities by channeling resources

Reconnecting Massachusetts Gateway Cities

Lessons Learned and an Agenda for Renewal

Massachusetts has enjoyed one of the most successful economic transitions to a knowledge-based economy anywhere in the world over the last two decades. Statewide trends describe a solid economic turnaround, built on strong institutions, soaring educational attainment and the emergence of knowledge-based industries with high-paying jobs. Yet these broader trends obscure stark geographical variations within

Getting the Job Done

Advancing the New Skills Agenda

Getting the Job Done: Advancing the New Skills Agenda draws from lessons learned through two years of MassINC’s New Skills for a New Economy Campaign and lays out critical reforms needed for the Massachusetts workforce development system. There is broad agreement that Massachusetts’s workforce development system needs repair to meet the challenges of the 21st

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