MassINC to honor Gateway City Innovators

Champions of Transformative Redevelopment to receive awards at first annual Gateway Cities luncheon MassINC, together with leaders from the 26 Gateway Cities, will celebrate the innovative spirit of Massachusetts’ historic Gateway Cities by honoring five individuals and two organizations that have had a transformative impact on their communities. The awards will be presented at the

Gateway City leaders rally behind precedent-setting bill to encourage “transformative” development

New legislation supports projects that spur additional private investment in weak markets A new bill supporting high impact development projects in Gateway Cities – where the market gap between development costs and returns continues to deter investors– was heard September 10 in Springfield. Gateway City mayors from across the state and a host of community

CommonWealth editor Bruce Mohl moderates issues forum with candidates for mayor of Lawrence

Lawrence mayoral candidates Marcos Devers, Juan “Manny” Gonzalez, James Patrick O’Donoghue, and Daniel Rivera participated in an issues forum/debate Monday night hosted by Commonwealth Magazine, The Eagle-Tribune, and Rumbo Newspaper. The debate was moderated by Bruce Mohl, editor of Commonwealth Magazine. Gabrielle Gurley, Senior Associate Editor of Commonwealth Magazine, Keith Eddings, reporter at The Eagle-Tribune,

Gateway City Institute Fellows meet for first time in Lowell

The half-day session, held at the United Teen Equality Center, on May 29th, included presentations and a working lunch focused on  the policy priorities of  the small to mid-size cities outside of the Boston metropolitan area, known as Gateways for their historic role as gateways to the middle class.    Adam Baacke, Assistant City Manager

MPG Poll: April Consumer Confidence rebounds after weak January reading

April Consumer Confidence rebounds after weak January reading Sharp partisan divide remains, with Democrats more optimistic than Republicans Read full MPG Trend Monitor Q2-2013 After a sharp downturn in January, consumer confidence rebounded in the April reading, with the Massachusetts Index of Consumer Sentiment nearing the record high attained in October 2012, according to data released

MassINC study cites exorbitant cost and significant shortcomings in state’s criminal justice policies

MassINC study cites exorbitant cost and significant shortcomings in state’s criminal justice policies  Newly-formed Criminal Justice Reform Coalition calls for bold moves such as a moratorium on new prisons to bring Massachusetts into line with other states Since the early 1980s, the percentage of the Massachusetts population confined in the state’s prisons and jails has

New MassINC poll finds voters open to revenues for transportation improvements

Polls, focus groups find voters open to revenues for transportation improvements Voters recognize potential benefits of raising revenue; support rises with specifics on spending  Massachusetts voters see the potential benefits of raising additional revenue for transportation improvements and are open to several possible sources of revenue, according to a report on a series of polls

MassINC is looking for a Web Developer

MassINC & CommonWealth magazine Web Developer MassINC is looking for a Web Developer to design, develop and maintain the continuity of the MassINC and CommonWealth magazine websites.  This person must work hands-on with CommonWealth writers, MassINC staff and outside engineers to maximize the value of our online content, our users’ experience, and the organization’s mission.

New MassINC report on economic impact of transit in Gateway Cities

New MassINC report cites heavy economic toll of insufficient transit in Gateway Cities along with above average support for transit investment among voters in these communities Provides “roadmap” for how to use potential RTA revenue for short and long-term economic growth  Inadequate public transit in Gateway cities, with service gaps for workers and double time

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