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The 2022 Annual Gateway Cities Leadership Summit

Growing an Inclusive Economy II

July 12, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Last year’s leadership summit explored the opportunity to fuel small business growth with the unprecedented infusion of recovery resources and federal infrastructure funds. This July, we will revisit this opportunity with a sharper focus on inclusive contracting and procurement.

MassINC will present findings from new research prepared in partnership with the legal team at Lawyers for Civil Rights, then we will dig into several case studies. We will conclude the summit with a timely review of end-of-session Gateway City legislative priorities and strategies to advance them.


Opening Remarks


Bob Rivers, CEO & Chairman of the board, Eastern Bank



Data Presentations


Ben Forman, Executive Director, Gateway Cities Innovation Institute




Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights



Panel Discussion


Moderator: Carrie Saldo, Award-winning journalist




Daylana Ervin-Parker, Director, Budget and Supplier Diversity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts



Kareem Kibodya, Co-Lead of Policy & Advocacy, BECMA




Bill McAvoy, Executive Director, Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office




Natalia Urtubey, Foundation Fellow, Eastern Bank Foundation



Legislative Update


Senator Eric Lesser, Chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies



Andre Leroux, Director, Gateway Hubs Project, MassINC



July 12, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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