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Founded in 1996, MassINC’s mission is to make Massachusetts a place of civic vitality and inclusive economic opportunity by providing residents with the nonpartisan research, reporting, analysis, and civic engagement necessary to understand policy choices, inform decision making, and hold the government accountable.

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Like the Celtics, Gateway City legislators are working to finish strong

The Gateway Cities Journal

As the Celtics quietly steeled themselves for the final stage of the banner 18 quest, legislative activity on Beacon Hill reached a crescendo this week. The budget process moved to conference committee, the housing bond bill got its first floor votes, and the joint committee on economic development reported out a redraft of the Governor’s economic development

Summer preview: a sales tax holiday worth celebrating

The Gateway Cities Journal

Last week, the Gateway City Innovation Institute’s Andre Leroux joined a panel of leaders appearing before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies to testify in support of House Bill 228/Senate Bill 130, the Downtown Vitality Act (DTVA). The hearing was called to review omnibus economic development legislation filed by Gov. Healey in

24 Gateway City mayors and managers write to state legislators for An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership

  May 7, 2024 Representative Jerry Parisella, Co-Chair Senator Barry Finegold, Co-Chair Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies 24 Beacon Street Boston, MA, 02133 Re: H.4459– An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership Dear Chairs Parisella and Finegold, and members of the Committee, We, the undersigned mayors and managers of Gateway municipalities,

Andre Leroux offers testimony to Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

On H.4459– An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership

May 7, 2024 Representative Jerry Parisella, Co-Chair Senator Barry Finegold, Co-Chair Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies 24 Beacon Street Boston, MA, 02133 Re: H.4459– An Act relative to strengthening Massachusetts’ economic leadership Dear Chairs Parisella and Finegold, and members of the Committee, On behalf of MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute and our

Will April showers bring May flowers?

The Gateway Cities Journal

April rained federal money down on Massachusetts. Three new funding opportunities are especially promising for Gateway Cities: Solar for All. Massachusetts recently received $156 million from this Inflation Reduction Act program to help low-income communities install solar. Solar for All provides zero interest loans for residential projects, as well as financing for public housing authorities

MassINC Matters: The March/April Round-Up

The latest from our research, journalism, and polling

While March and April flew by faster than Marcel Hug’s record-setting Boston Marathon race, our second MassINC Matters newsletter is packed with updates and insights from the past two months. The entries underscore our collective effort to drive positive change across the Commonwealth, including the launch of the Greg Torres Senior Fellows Program, an exciting

New MPG Poll: Fare-free SRTA pilot off to strong start on South Coast

Two-thirds of South Coast residents support extending free buses past June

It’s only been a few months since the Southeast Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) began piloting fare-free transit service, but South Coast residents seem to like what they are seeing. Two-thirds of residents support continuing fare free service after the pilot ends in June. And fare-free buses top residents’ wish list of the SRTA improvements, followed

Musings on the House budget, the SOA, families, and the state’s long-term fiscal health

The Gateway Cities Journal

Baseball at Fenway, runners arriving for the Marathon, with these sure signals that Beacon Hill is moving into full budgeting mode, out came the eagerly anticipated FY 2025 budget from the House Ways and Means committee last Wednesday. The bill gives us a first glimpse at how the legislature will respond to the state’s declining

Rep. Roy’s a Champion for Gateway City Students

The Gateway Cities Journal

Hundreds of students from Gateway Cities across the commonwealth descended on the State House last Wednesday for Early College Day. The power of so many students giving voice to the life-changing opportunities that they have received was moving. For Lt. Governor Driscoll—whose leadership has been integral to the initiative’s growth and success—it must have been

Did you know?

  • Over the past 10 years, Massachusetts reduced incarceration at more than twice the US average rate, with outsized gains occurring since 2018. Learn more about the impact of two landmark criminal justice reform laws passed in 2018 in this five-year progress assessment.

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  • MassINC is a key partner to the Boston Foundation, and all of us who are seeking to advance the regional conversation around economic opportunity and a strong quality of life for all.  MassINC's robust, nonpartisan research is exactly what our citizens and leaders need to make good decisions.

    Paul Grogan, Former President of The Boston Foundation

  • I watch my inbox for CommonWealth magazine’s Daily Download. I can count on the newsletter to tell me succinctly what’s happening in politics and public policy. The magazine itself always delivers in-depth news, analysis and commentary. It's simply outstanding, quality journalism. I am happy to support unbiased reporting through my participation in Citizens Circle.

    Helen Chin Schlichte Former Public Administrator; President Emeritus, South Cove Manor at Quincy Point

  • MassINC's long-term dedication to Gateway Cities makes them a valuable resource to all of our communities. They are a true thought partner. They go the distance to help others appreciate our unique opportunities, needs, and perspectives.

    Tim McGourthy Chief Financial Officer, City of Worcester

  • MassINC serves as a credible, thoughtful resource for all of us who are invested in the future of the Commonwealth. Its emphasis on careful analysis that is grounded in data, research, and polling makes an important contribution to and helps elevate the conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing the region.

    Trevor Pollack, Manager of Special Projects for the Barr Foundation

  • The potential of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities is limitless. MassINC’s dedicated work in promoting these cities has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in their individual and collective success.

    Jay Ash
    Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and former chair of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute

  • MassINC has always provided research showing the detrimental impact of the state’s unforgiving criminal justice system on our communities. Their polling confirmed that the public understood the need for change in our system. That criminal justice reform is at the forefront of bipartisan local and national debates today is in no small measure due to MassINC’s persistent and fair commitment to the issue.

    Juliette Kayyem Faculty Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Founder Kayyem Solutions LLC

  • Through my partnership with MassINC, the Building On What Works Coalition is working to unite a diverse collection of civic leaders around an urgent call to encourage the state to act on the progress that has been made ensuring all children in Massachusetts have a true chance to succeed in the state’s economy. MassINC’s research and commitment to data driven public policy are helping to give the children of Massachusetts a better education.

    Kim Driscoll Mayor of Salem

  • MassINC's work with the Gateway Cities is unmatched. As Eastern Bank strives to help businesses in these communities thrive, MassINC has been a tremendous partner, providing data-driven research and affirming that these cities are full of opportunities.

    Bob Rivers Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank

  • When MassINC speaks, it’s well worth listening. After all, the nonpartisan think tank has established itself as a thoughtful, careful, credible voice on public policy in Massachusetts.

    Scot Lehigh Boston Globe Op-Ed Columnist

  • Few organizations in the country have better understood the important role of governance reform and accountability in education policy and economic development than MassINC.

    Bruce Katz Former Vice President and Founding Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution

  • [MassINC's] understanding of the complexity of the challenges facing the state’s older cities, its belief in the opportunities that present themselves in those communities, and its advocacy of the role that public higher education can and should play in them, has added to the understanding that policy makers need to have as they move our state toward the future.

    Jean MacCormack

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  • We enjoy what we do.

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    Former MassINC employees have gone on to work at reputable organizations like Harvard University, Boston University, City Year, EnerNOC, and Governor Baker’s office.  
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    Our work on transformative development, which uses public and private funding for projects to revitalize an entire downtown or urban neighbor­hood, began as Policy Center research report in 2013. A year later, the state legislature passed a bill funding transformative development projects across Massachusetts.
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