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The Sixth Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards

October 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please join us in New Bedford for the Sixth Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Summit & Awards Luncheon. This year’s theme is Pioneering Strategies for 21st Century Growth. Come share your vision, meet with colleagues from across the Gateway Cities, and recognize our 2018 awardees!

The Sixth Annual Gateway Cities Summit and Awards Luncheon will focus on how Gateway Cities can reshape their economies to compete for economic growth. From forming regional training partnerships to designing transportation networks and industrial districts, we’ll look at how Gateway Cities develop and execute strategies to compete for broadly-shared prosperity.

Summit | 10 am to 12 pm

Keynote Address by Alan Berube, Senior Fellow, Brookings

Alan Berube is senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. Alan will share his experiences from across Brookings Metro on how to strengthen economic opportunity in regions, cities, and communities.

Alan’s opening presentation will be followed by two panels led by Gateway City leaders deeply immersed in the work. The topics for these tightly focused interactive conversations will be strategies for inclusive growth, and implementing strategies with limited resources. 

Conversation 1: Strategies for Inclusive Growth

Teresa Lynch, Principal, MassEconomics

Lauren A. Liss, President and CEO, MassDevelopment

Chris Rezendes, Managing Director, Spherical | Analytics (ImpactLABS)

Derek Santos, Executive Director, New Bedford Economic Development Council

Conversation 2: Implementing Strategies with Limited Resources

Aimee Ward Weeden, COO, MassINC

Ira Moskowitz, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs, MA Tech. Collaborative

Laura L. Douglas, President, Bristol Community College

Andrea Wagner, Senior VP of Business Development, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing

Recipients of the 2018 Gateway Cities Champion Awards

The Honorable Antonio Cabral and Anne Haynes

Innovation Award recipients!

Kinefac Corporation

Lawrence High School

Merrow Manufacturing

New Bedford Regeneration Committee


SouthCoast Development Partnership

SPARK Holyoke

Spherical | Analytics (ImpactLABS)

Springfield Technical Community College

The Annual Summit and Awards Luncheon is MassINC’s premier fundraiser to support the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Aimee Ward Weeden at awardweeden@massinc.org


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