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The Seventh Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Summit & Awards

November 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Catalyzing Transformative Transit-Oriented Development

November 20th, 2019 | DCU Center, Worcester


Please join us in Worcester on November 20th for the Seventh Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Summit & Awards: Catalyzing Transformative Transit-Oriented Development. This year’s theme will explore new openings to generate equitable growth by increasing mobility and stimulating reinvestment in Gateway Cities with transit-oriented development (TOD). As leaders on Beacon Hill debate improvements to commuter rail service and strategies to increase development around mixed-use transit hubs, this timely gathering will draw attention to TOD models with transformative potential. The summit will feature conversations on three interrelated themes: mobility, development, and growth.

Morning Summit Program  (9 am – 12 pm)

Keynote Address:

Christopher Coes, Vice President of Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America

Morning Conversations | Moderated by MassINC TOD Fellow, Dr. Tracy Corley:

Panel 1 | Mobility: Physical mobility affects social and economic mobility. We’ll look at changing social and economic forces and what they mean for transportation hubs in Gateway Cities. We’ll pay particular attention to transit and transportation in regions outside metro Boston, what technological change portends for travel and travel experiences, and policies we can put in place now to advance opportunities for Gateway City residents for generations to come.

  • Steve Kadish, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government
  • Monica Tibbits- Nutt, Executive Director of the 128 Business Council, Vice Chair of FMBC
  • Matt Ciborowski, Senior Planner at ARUP

Panel 2 | Development: Land use can make or break the vitality of a city and its region. We will discuss how we move from an age when highways anchored development to the emergence of the rail station area as a locus for vibrant neighborhoods, downtowns, and regional economies. From housing and mixed-use projects to commercial space and industrial facilities, we’ll look at how Gateway Cities can take advantage of real estate opportunities to drive equitable land use and development

  • Glynn Lloyd, Executive Director of the Foundation for Business Equity at Eastern Bank
  • Michelle Volpe, Loan Fund President at Blue Hub Capital
  • L. Duane Jackson, Alinea Capital Partners, LLC

Panel 3 | Growth: Mobility and land development are just a means for growth of a city’s residents. We’ll explore how infrastructure and real estate lead to more social and economic opportunities for Gateway City residents. We’ll also discuss how new ways of working, rising entrepreneurship, regional and global networks, and other innovations in economic development open new opportunities to grow and build strong and sustainable futures for generations to come.

  • Himanshu Bhatnagar, CEO and Founder of HB Software Solutions
  • Karleen Porcena, Economic Opportunity Program Officer at LISC
  • Dr. Ramón Borges-Méndez, Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning, Clark University

Awards Luncheon Program (12 pm – 2 pm)

Keynote Address:

Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa | MBA, PhDhc, CSP, Founder and Chair, 8 80 Cities Ambassador, World Urban Parks President, Gil Penalosa & Associates

Champion Award Honorees:

Mayor Carpenter (City of Brockton)

Senator Chandler, 1st Worcester District

Trinity Financial

Innovator Honorees:

Tricia Pistone 

North Shore Community Development Coalition 

Alexandra’s Boutique 

Valley Venture Mentors  

Love the Ave 

Himanshu Bhatnagar 

Rob May 

IG Worcester 

Davis Publications 

El Taller


For information on sponsorship opportunities,  please contact Juana Matias at jmatias@massinc.org.


1. Walking Tour: Worcester Main South | Castle Park, small businesses, and anchor institutions in Worcester Main South’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) district. Click here to register.

2. Workshop: Placemaking for All Ages and Seasons. Click here to register.


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