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Ninth Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards and Summit

Infrastructure for Equitable Economic Growth

September 30, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The COVID-19 recovery presents a turning point for Gateway Cities. After decades without access to resources to adapt to a changing economy, these regional urban centers will finally have an opportunity to invest in the future.

They face an enormous task list: replace aging water and sewer systems, modernize the electric grid, provide internet connectivity to thousands of households left behind in the digital era, and build multi-modal transportation networks for the 21st century.

At this year’s summit, Infrastructure for Equitable Economic Growth, we will look at how Gateway Cities can leverage infrastructure investment to grow businesses owned by people of color and build community wealth.

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Juana Matias
Chief Operating Officer, MassINC


Recognizing the recipient of the Mayor Bill Carpenter Award for Excellence in Gateway City Leadership


Mayor Thomas M. McGee
City of Lynn


Keynote Address & Gateway Cities Champion Award Honoree                                                   


Congressman Richard Neal MA 1st District
Chairman of Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives


Recognizing Gateway Cities Champion Award Honoree


Dr. Tracy Corley
Director of Research and Partnerships, Conservation Law Foundation


Recognizing the Gateway Cities Innovation Award Honorees


Frank Carvalho
Founding Executive Director, Mill Cities Community Investments



Samalid Hogan
Regional Director, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Western Regional Office



Fred Taylor
President, NAACP Worcester



Ann Burke
Former VP, The Economic Development Council of Western MA


Research Presentation


Ben Forman
Executive Director, Gateway Cities Innovation Institute and Research Director, MassINC


Panel Discussion

Moderated by Shirley Leung
Business Columnist and Editor, Boston Globe



Dan Rivera
President & CEO of MassDevelopment



JocCole “JC” Burton
Founder & CEO of Maven Construction



J. Phillip Thompson
Deputy Mayor for Strategic Investments, City of New York



Kenan Bigby
Managing Director of Development at Trinity Financial




September 30, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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