Event Recap | 4th Annual Gateway Cities Leadership Summit

On Tuesday, July 18, 2023, we gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for the first in-person Gateway Cities event since 2019. MassINC Board member Michael Hunter and MassDevelopment’s President and CEO, Dan Rivera, kicked off the morning with opening remarks on the importance of working together to help Gateway Cities excel in the

Secretary Hao Meets with Gateway City Leaders

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Last week, MassINC hosted a wide-ranging virtual conversation with Yvonne Hao, the Secretary of Economic Development, together with mayors and senior staff from Gateway Cities across the state. Given the critical importance of sustaining the very positive collaborative working relationship that Gateway City leaders established with the Patrick Administration and built upon through the Baker

Senate tax bill spurs mixed-income housing production

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This week the Massachusetts Senate revealed its much-anticipated tax relief package. Mirroring language from Governor Healey’s proposal, the bill includes provisions increasing the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) to $57 million in FY 24 to clear a lengthy backlog of pending projects, followed by $30 million annually each year thereafter. MassINC anticipates that this expansion

Recommendations to the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities on the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP)

MassINC has developed draft recommendations to the new Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities that would improve management of the program. These have been crafted in consultation with municipal housing and economic development staff from Gateway Cities across the state. We look forward to discussing these ideas with EOHLC Secretary Ed Augustus and his

23 Gateway City mayors and managers write to state legislators for HDIP

Letter of support to state senate leaders from mayors and managers representing 23 Gateway Cities

Last week, mayors and managers representing 23 Gateway Cities submitted a letter of support to state senate leaders supporting expanding the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) from $10M to $30M annually. The senate is expected to debate its tax package this week. – May 31, 2023 Karen E. Spilka, Senate President Michael J. Rodrigues, Chair

The Senate makes bold investment in regional transit

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Inadequate public transportation has long been a shared concern for Gateway City leaders across the state. Many of their residents are simply trapped on nights and weekends, when bus service is either extremely infrequent or entirely unavailable. This has serious implications for individual health and wellbeing. It also reduces the available workforce, and regional economic

K.I.S.S Early College and HDIP

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Economic development strategies are most likely to succeed when their logic is clear and simple, so that communities embrace the plan, and pursue it with laser focus long enough for it to work. This is playing out with Early College and HDIP. Gateway City leaders have spent years working to operationalize these programs. In March,

Governor Healey’s budget invests in Gateway Cities

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Our last journal offered thoughts on how Governor Healey can position Gateway Cities to thrive in this post-pandemic era by increasing the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP), investing in regional transit, and lowering commuter rail fares. Now that the administration has unveiled its first budget, our readers will want to know, how did they do?

Gov. Healey can make a bold statement with HDIP, commuter rail fares, and RTA funding in FY24 budget

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Governor Healey’s first budget will provide the opening look at the administration’s policy priorities. This glimpse comes at what is almost certainly a defining moment for Massachusetts. After a long string of success, the state’s economy faces serious peril, brought on by a potent combination of the COVID-19 shock, regulation inhibiting housing production, and systemic

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