Massachusetts has a plan to increase affordable housing — now it needs the budget

Gateway City mayors and managers' opinion piece in the Boston Globe

The Housing Development Incentive Program is a powerful tool to jump-start additional housing development that contains a mix of market-rate and affordable units based on project agreements negotiated by local government. With families scrambling for homes and prices at record levels, one might wonder why Massachusetts continues to produce just a fraction of the housing

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

The Gateway Cities Journal

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

Three Ideas to Boost Gateway Cities’ Housing Production

Ben Forman featured in Banker & Tradesman

January 29, 2023 SUBARBS ARE getting the lion’s share of the blame for Massachusetts’ colossal failure to produce housing. While their overtly exclusionary practices certainly merit a stronger response, myopically focusing on restrictive suburban zoning distracts from an equally pressing problem – the lack of residential investment in Gateway Cities.  The commonwealth’s regional urban centers

Event Recap | The Time is Now: Ending the College Affordability Crisis in Massachusetts

On Wednesday, January 25th, MassINC, uAspire, One Goal, Bottom Line, and The Education Trust hosted a forum on the future of public higher education finance in Massachusetts. The hybrid event brought together more than 200 education practitioners, policymakers, and leaders for a timely dialogue on how Massachusetts deploys Question One funding to increase college access

Five Gateway City bills to watch this session

The Gateway Cities Journal

Last Friday was “docket day” on Beacon Hill, the deadline for filing legislation for consideration during the 2023 – 2024 session. The co-chairs of the Gateway Cities caucus presented five hefty bills. As a package, the complementary and commonsense policy proposals contained in these bills would offer a huge infusion of energy for Gateway City

Hello from Joe Kriesberg, MassINC’s new CEO

Dear Friends, I’m excited to be writing this email from my desk at the MassINC offices at 11 Beacon Street in downtown Boston. After transitioning jobs for the past two months, it is great to focus my full attention on MassINC’s extensive and impactful work. I applied for and accepted the job of CEO at

Early College is a beacon for Gateway City progress

The Gateway Cities Journal

As we embark on this new year and new legislative session, we mark an important anniversary: 10 years ago Mayors Kim Driscoll and Lisa Wong brought Gateway City leaders together to craft the Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems. From expanding access to early education to building comprehensive student support systems, the shared blueprint

Simply Having a Wonderful MassINC Time

Our 2022 year-end wrap-up

Simply Having a Wonderful MassINC Time  (loosely adapted from Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”) [Verse 1] The mood is right The spreadsheet’s up The data’s clean And that’s enough [Chorus] Simply having a wonderful MassINC time Simply having a wonderful MassINC time [Verse 2] The meeting’s on Each city here From Chicopee East to Revere [Chorus]

Gateway Cities look to the corner office for leadership on school integration

The Gateway Cities Journal

On the campaign trail, Governor-elect Healey did not articulate clear strategies for closing stark educational disparities in Massachusetts. Her appointments and statements in the coming weeks will be closely watched for clues on how she will approach these challenging issues. A strong first step would be to depart from her predecessors by acknowledging that increasing

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