Local leadership in the face of Covid-19

The Gateway Cities Journal

From Sen. Eric Lesser and Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral, chairs of the Gateway City: from the standpoint of both public health and social and economic well-being, COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for Gateway Cities.

Exploring the Future of Public-Private Partnerships

Event Recap

Five big picture takeaways from a discussion on the future of public-private partnerships in Gateway Cities On Monday, May 6th, MassINC convened Gateway City mayors, economic development directors, educators, nonprofit executives, and business leaders for a meeting on the future of public-private partnerships. Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank’s Working Cities Challenge team and with

Aim High for Inclusive Growth, Brew a Stone Soup Strategy, Swing for the Fences in the Next Legislative Session

Recapping the 2018 Gateway Cities Innovation Awards & Summit

Last week, leaders from throughout the Commonwealth gathered in New Bedford at the Whaling Museum for the Sixth Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards & Summit. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito opened the proceedings with an address celebrating the progress of the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities continued importance of collaboration to meeting the unique needs and opportunities of

Voc-tech tension

Massachusetts vocational schools are a big success story, but are they shutting out those who might need them most?

KELSEY CLARK, A SENIOR at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, is showing a visitor work from her graphic design portfolio. There is a pointillism-style poster she drew for assignment to promote a rock concert (she says it left her practically drawing dots in her sleep). A brightly colored infographic poster that she

Starting a National Conversation on Career Literacy

“The Massachusetts Institute of College and Career Readiness hosted a webinar for leaders in Gateway Cities and communities across the country working to build robust college and career pathways for their students.” The webinar—which features presentations from Pathways to Prosperity author William Symonds and BU Associate Dean of Research, Scott Solberg—can be viewed in its entirety

Boston Society of Architects Explores Placemaking in Gateway Cities

BSA’s Placemaking Network – co-chaired by Christina Lanzl (director of MassArt’s Urban Arts Institute) and Robert Tullis (director of design at GID Urban Development) – hosted a lively discussion on how state policy can support development in Gateway Cities that builds and reinforces their authentic urban fabric.   Click here for Ben Forman’s presentation to the

The State of the Gateway Cities in 2012

It’s a new year, and annual census figures for US cities were recently released. MassINC has combed through these numbers to provide a fresh look at the state of the state’s Gateway Cities. This analysis reveals a sharp dichotomy. Gateway Cities are fairing well economically. Most are gaining population and most have recovered the jobs

Pathways to Graduation

Supporting All Students to Mastery A Retrospective Look at the Class of 2003

The aspirations of the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act are ambitious, but clear — to provide every student with an opportunity to learn and achieve mastery at a high standard of academic proficiency. Since the legislation’s passage, considerable time, effort, and resources have been dedicated to achieving this lofty goal, and substantial progress has been

Getting the Job Done

Advancing the New Skills Agenda

Getting the Job Done: Advancing the New Skills Agenda draws from lessons learned through two years of MassINC’s New Skills for a New Economy Campaign and lays out critical reforms needed for the Massachusetts workforce development system. There is broad agreement that Massachusetts’s workforce development system needs repair to meet the challenges of the 21st

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