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September 2021

Ninth Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards and Summit

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

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

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July 2021

Annual Gateway Cities Leadership Summit

July 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

A decades-long decline in small business formation has slowed economic growth in regional economies throughout the state. Increasing diversity is at the root of this problem. While entrepreneurs of color are starting businesses at high rates, too often they lack access to relationships, capital, and customers to grow their young enterprises. The pandemic has demonstrated new models for supporting these entrepreneurs. A growing collection of leaders are working to build on the lessons of the past year. Their efforts could…

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June 2021

Does Giving People Money Make for Good Policy? : A CommonWealth Town Hall

June 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Given a national platform in 2020 by Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, the concept known as ‘guaranteed income’ has gained popularity and momentum in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Proponents of the idea say giving direct cash assistance to people in need has the potential to address wealth and income inequality exacerbated by the pandemic, while others have balked at expanding the social safety net.

The question remains: Does giving people money make for good policy?

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Pathways to Economic Mobility

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

Please join the Boston Foundation and MassINC for the release of a new report on the employment and earnings outcomes of community college students and graduates in Massachusetts. As open-access and affordable institutions of higher education, community colleges offer a potential solution to the college affordability crisis; they have emerged as a high-profile policy prescription in President Biden’s infrastructure plan. Drawing on a new statewide system linking data across high schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers, this research explores important and timely questions…

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May 2021

Return and Reform: K-12 Parents on What’s Ahead for Students

May 26, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

As vaccinations roll out and summer approaches, The MassINC Polling Group (MPG) returns with a new statewide survey of K-12 parents in Massachusetts. The poll asked parents to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned, what kinds of resources their child will need to catch up, and how districts and schools should spend expected recovery funds.

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April 2021

Can Free Buses Save Public Transit?

April 23, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Amid conversations around budget and services cuts for the MBTA, advocates, transit administrators and policymakers are asking the question: Can free buses save public transportation in Massachusetts?

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February 2021

How will our public transportation system recover after the pandemic?

February 26, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

The pandemic has led to dramatic decreases in ridership on mass transit. In response the MBTA is cutting and reducing service on bus and subway routes, commuter rail and ferries. Officials say when the pandemic eases and demand comes back, service will return. But will it? And if it does, will it look like it did before? What does this mean for cities and towns across the state and how should we adapt?   With a focus on equity and…

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Refunding Corrections

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

Focusing criminal justice information systems, MassINC will review efforts to increase transparency, improve data collection, and root out racial bias.

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Rooting Out Racial Bias

February 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Focusing criminal justice information systems, MassINC will review efforts to increase transparency, improve data collection, and root out racial bias.

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November 2020

K-12 Learning Reflects Racial Inequity

November 19, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

On November 19, The MassINC Polling Group will unpack the results of a survey of Massachusetts K-12 parents, exploring student experience across four key areas: school formats and supplements; at-home learning and performance; tech barriers; and social and emotional health.

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