Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

2016 Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Awards

November 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please join us for the fourth annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards and Summit! This year’s event is themed around workforce development. Come exchange ideas, meet fellow leaders, and celebrate efforts to improve our Gateway Cities.



10:00-10:30am     Registration

10:30-12:00pm     Panel Sessions

12:00-12:30pm     Networking

12:30-2:00pm       Luncheon/Awards Ceremony

2:30-4:30pm        MassDevelopment TDI District Tour


Panel 1: High School Redesign for College and Career Readiness

 To ensure that all students graduate and land firmly on a college and career pathway, Gateway Cities are developing a variety of innovative approaches to challenge students with rigorous coursework and expose them to work-based learning and early college experiences. We’ll be highlighting this exciting work and state-level policy efforts to advance it.

Lead Presenter: David Ruff- Executive Director, Great Schools Partnership

Panel 2: Justice Reinvestment

 Too many Gateway City youth struggle to establish a career and stable family life as they make the difficult transition to adulthood. Instead they land in the criminal justice system, which makes it even harder for them to contribute to the community productively. Leaders on Beacon Hill have pledged to file legislation early next year to address this challenge. We’ll look at what this means for Gateway Cities and efforts to build workforce development systems that help those with multiple barriers to employment overcome the odds.

Lead Presenter: Gregg Croteau- Executive Director, UTEC

Panel 3: Community College Transformation

Community colleges across the state are developing new instructional models and employer partnerships to help low-skilled adults get into the workforce and climb career ladders. We’ll take a behind the scenes look at this movement and explore how recent changes at the federal-level can further these efforts.

Lead Presenter: Lane Glenn- President, Northern Essex Community College

Awards Luncheon

The fourth annual awards luncheon will recognize leaders advancing workforce development transformation in their communities by creating effective new models. Each year this celebration draws attention to the innovative spirit of devoted Gateway City leaders, adding fresh energy and momentum to our collaborative efforts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Lila Sevener at (617)-742-6800 or lsevener@massinc.org.

For sponsorship information, please contact Lauren Louison at (617)-224-1613 or llouison@massinc.org.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Plus a Special Addition!

Visit MassDevelopment’s Springfield TDI District

Join MassDevelopment for an interactive walk through Springfield’s Transformative Development Initiative District! MassDevelopment staff and members of the Springfield TDI Partnership will lead a tour of the district. Highlights include background on the TDI District concept, discussions of completed and ongoing Technical Assistance, updates on the Equity Investment program, information on the TDI Fellows program, and program next steps.

Please RSVP for additional details and specific tour updates  at TDI RSVP.

Any questions please contact tdi@massdevelopment.com


When you sponsor the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Awards, you insure that the people and organizations improving Gateway Cities receive the recognition they deserve. Your sponsorship also supports the Innovation Institute’s research and programming, which are dedicated to promoting the Gateway Cities renaissance.

Event sponsors will be partners in an event that will heighten corporate visibility in Massachusetts and Gateway Cities media, business, political, and civic leadership while supporting the ongoing operation of MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute which uses research, policy development, journalism and civic engagement to strengthen connections across Gateway City communities and advance their common agenda.

You can sponsor the event at the following levels:

Lead Sponsors: $25,000

  • Branding to all event materials
  • Exclusive branding to the video celebrating the awardee achievements
  • A role in the program, if desired
  • Mention in all digital media related to the event
  • Two prime tables of ten

Major Sponsors: $10,000

  • Branding to all event materials
  • Mention in all digital media related to the event
  • One prime table of ten

Sponsors: $5,000

  • Branding to all event materials
  • One table of ten
For more information call 617-224-1709

Lead Sponsors


(617) 742-6800