The Gateway Cities Journal

News and information for leaders who care about Gateway Cities

The Gateway Cities Journal is a weekly news publication from MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute. To subscribe, click here. To contribute news or comments, please email MassINC.

Recent Issues of the Gateway Cities Journal:

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Harnessing the civic energy ARPA has unlocked

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As they work to apportion the state’s $5 billion ARPA allocation, legislators have conscientiously collected input from thousands of Massachusetts residents. We’ve compiled our thoughts for investing ARPA funds in a manner that recognizes the post-pandemic challenges and opportunities Gateway Cities face.

Back on the Road Again: The Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus Tour

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After 18 months confined to the home office, we jumped at the chance to join the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus on their South Coast tour. In Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford, we listened in on firsthand accounts of valiant efforts to help residents through the pandemic.

What’s really behind the population increase in Gateway Cities?

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Gateway Cities are seeing strength in some neighborhoods and market segments, while others continue to present very real concerns. Whatever the case may be, it is imperative to better understand recent growth trends and develop clear-eyed strategy in response.

A Make or Break Moment for Gateway City Renewal

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With all the eye-popping numbers flying around in relation to the stimulus bills, federal budget, and infrastructure deal, you might think our transportation woes are solved. But down in the trenches, Massachusetts communities still lack many of the basic tools used around the country to control their own destiny. Even the most compelling projects can

Gateway Cities battle the digital divide

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At this point last summer, Gateway City educators were furiously at work trying to ensure that all students would have computers and reliable internet service when school resumed in the fall. Their herculean efforts demonstrated that we can temporarily narrow the divide, but a lot of work remains to find durable solutions to this multifaceted problem.

Advancing low-income fares beyond Boston

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Since 2017, the FMCB has been pushing hard on the agency to provide discounts to low-income riders. In one of their final votes, they choose to instruct agency staff to prepare scenarios for a pilot program. On the one hand, this last-ditch effort makes sense. However, from the Gateway City perspective, the board’s actions are disappointing and a bit perplexing.

Budget Update: What Gateway Cities Need to Know

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This week the FY 2022 budget moves to the Senate for debate. MassINC is tracking several amendments that are critically important for Gateway Cities, including funding for Early College expansion, neighborhood stabilization, small business assistance, and Regional Transit Authorities.

Regional Transit Authorities Win Funding Victory in House Budget

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Public transportation service for over half the state’s population — the half not served by the MBTA — won a precedent-setting victory last week during the House budget debate. As Jim Kolesar from Berkshire Interfaith Organizing says, “Full funding for the RTAs, including our Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, seems the minimum that we should be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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