Gateway City workshop spotlights asset-building as key growth strategy

Leaders from Gateway Cities, state agencies, and financial institutions assembled in Worcester on June 22nd to learn about innovative new opportunities to connect low-income families with wealth-building financial services. The forum was a byproduct of a MassINC policy brief released last April. The paper described the toll reliance on high-cost financial services exacts on Gateway

MassINC’s Schneider speaks up on behalf of Gateway Cities

  Provides recommendations to special panel on revitalizing Massachusetts  regional urban engines MassINC Executive Vice President John Schneider participated in a panel discussion Saturday morning to weigh in about strategies for improving the economic outlook in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.  The panel discussion was part of a conference held by Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas and the Northeast-Midwest

New MassINC report points to concentration of predatory tax and lending practices in Gateway Cities

A new MassINC report on promoting wealth-building in Gateway Cities shows that residents of these economically distressed communities disproportionately turn to high-cost financial services such as pawn shops and check cashing stores as an alternative to more traditional banking options. In the third of its “Going for Growth” series on Gateway City revitalization strategies, MassINC

“Planning for College” event calls for larger consumer role in higher ed

Congressman John Tierney gave the keynote address at MassINC’s recent event at Suffolk University, “College Planning in a Consumer-Focused Higher Education Marketplace.”  The event was a discussion about MassINC’s latest research report, Planning for College: A Consumer Approach to the Higher Education Marketplace, which calls attention to the rising costs and complex financial decisions facing families as

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