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The 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation Awards and Summit

UMass Boston - Campus Center

November 13, 2014

Recap: Governor Patrick, Speaker DeLeo, and local leaders honored at second annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards & Summit

Gov. Patrick accepting the Gateway Cities Champion Award

We hope you were one of the many who attended the second annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards & Summit last Thursday at UMass Boston. If you could not make it, you can watch the video here. Over 300 leaders from the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities gathered to recognize five organizations advancing educational excellence in their communities by working collaboratively to build new learning models that take advantage of unique Gateway City opportunities. This year’s winners were:

Speaker DeLeo receiving the Gateway Cities Champion Award

Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative

In addition, Governor Deval Patrick and Speaker Robert DeLeo were recognized as the inaugural winners of the Gateway Cities Champion Award, made annually to recognize leaders who display exceptional commitment to the advancement of innovative public policies that support the growth and renewal of the Gateway Cities.
Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman and co-founder of America Achieves, delivering the keynote address
Governor Patrick and Speaker DeLeo have both displayed the vision and foresight to see our Gateway Cities as economic engines in the Commonwealth’s regional economies and they’ve doubled down on that conviction with real investments that have made these communities better places to live and work.
The luncheon also featured a keynote address by Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman and co-founder of America Achieves a national non-profit organization supporting high impact initiatives to raise the bar in education and help our young people succeed in a changing world. Schnur urged Massachusetts to continue leading and to tackle the very real challenges educators confront taking effective new learning models to scale.The 2014 Awards & Summit was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: MassMutual, Eastern Bank, MassDevelopment, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Beacon Health Strategies, Siemens, Partners HealthCare, Massachusets Charter Public School Association, Boston Community Capital, Public Consulting Group, and Waste Zero.

Click here to watch a video of the Awards Luncheon.
Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

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Greg Torres (right), President of MassINC and Publisher of CommonWealth magazine, recognizing Jay Ash, Chelsea City Manager, Co-Chair of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute and incoming Secretary of Housing and Economic Development

MassINC produces a weekly Gateway Cities Journal e-newsletter, offering a timely op-ed and the most comprehensive rundown of news from across the Commonwealth’s 26 Gateway Cities. To receive the weekly Journal, please click here to subscribe. We also encourage you to sign up to receive other e-newsletters from MassINC and Commonwealth Magazine, including the daily Download, the weekly Back Story, and the MassINC Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s monthly journal.

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter (@MassINC and @GatewayCities) and like us on Facebook to stay connected with MassINC and the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute. 

Finally, the continued success of MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute depends on the generous support of community leaders like you. Please click here to make a fully-tax deductible contribution today.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!


Thank You Sponsors!


November 13, 2014