Upcoming forums and new MassINC report on transit investment in Gateway Cities

February 22, 2013

  Media Advisory

 

Strategic Directions: Investing in Public Transportation for Regional Economic Growth



MassINC and Transportation for Massachusetts will host a series of ten public forums and panel discussions in Gateway Cities on regional transportation investments.  The forums will be preceded by a presentation of a new MassINC report which provides a roadmap for how the proposed increase in regional transit funding can be invested with a focus on improving the economic performance of Gateway Cities. The report will be released for publication on Tuesday, February 26.



When: The first forum will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013 4:00-5:30pm

Where: Pittsfield, MA: Berkshire Community College, Koussevitzky Building, Room 111 (Main Auditorium)



Confirmed speakers: 


Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier 
Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi
Senator Benjamin Downing 
Ben Forman: Research Director at MassINC and Executive Director of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute



Panel Discussion: 
Moderated by Clarence Fanto of The Berkshire Eagle



Mike Supranowicz, President, The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
Ellen Kennedy, President, The Berkshire Community College
Gary Shepard, Administrator, The Berkshire Transit Authority



The second regional transit forum will be held in Fitchburg, MA at Fitchburg State University on March 4, 2013. A full schedule of the transit events will follow.

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