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MassINC is proud present the Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems. Developed collaboratively with Gateway City mayors, managers, and education leaders, this vision highlights effective new models to prepare students for the changing economy and ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers for growing regional economies across the Commonwealth.
Benjamin Forman , Sandra Larson   February 13, 2014
Summary: MassINC's Gateway Cities Innovation Institute is proud to present Going for Growth: Promoting Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. This policy brief explores opportunities to leverage the energy immigrant-owned businesses bring to Gateway Cities as an economic development strategy.
Benjamin Forman , John Larivee   March 24, 2013
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MassINC, Community Resources for Justice, and the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition are proud to present Crime, Cost, and Consequences: Is It Time to Get Smart on Crime?

As the title suggests, the report calls into question Massachusetts's current approach to corrections, which favors long prison stays at the expense of treatment, reentry programming, and post-release supervision. Without a change in course, the report concludes that Massachusetts will spend more than $2 billion over the next decade on corrections policies and practices that provide limited public safety benefit for the taxpayer.

Benjamin Forman , Catherine Tumber   March 08, 2013
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MassINC's Gateway Cities Innovation Institute is proud to present Reinventing Transit: Investing in Regional Transportation Authorities for Strong Gateway City Economies. Transportation networks provide the backbone for economic development in regions across the state. Public transit is an important component of these networks, increasing access to jobs, housing, and services.

Alan Mallach , Benjamin Forman , Margaret Keaveny   January 10, 2013
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Transformative redevelopment describes public and private financial support for projects that catalyze signifi­cant follow-on private investment, leading over time to the transformation of an entire downtown or urban neighbor­hood. This approach seeks to repair weak real estate mar­kets where development costs outweigh returns, creating a gap that impedes the flow of private investment; it contrasts sharply with current policies, which are far too modest to help Gateway Cities restore healthy real estate markets.

Benjamin Forman , Tyler Creighton   July 30, 2012
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MassINC is pleased to present a new report that looks at the power of creative placemaking as strategy for growth and renewal in the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities.

Warren Leon , Sonia Hamel , Benjamin Forman , Val Stori   April 23, 2012
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This report catalogs the challenges we are likely to face in responding to climate change and demonstrates that there is more work to do to meet the agressive emissions reduction targets the state is legally obligated to achieve.

Andy Sum , Ishwar Khatiwada , Joseph McLaughlin , Mykhaylo Trub'skyy , Sheila Palma   December 14, 2011
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The data presented in this report show that the last decade was extremely hard for Bay State residents. For the first time since World War II, the Commonwealth ended the decade with fewer jobs and families went without a raise. The report describes how this sour economy created four key hurdles that Massachusetts must now overcome.

John Schneider , Steve Koczela   December 01, 2011
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This poll was commissioned by MassINC as part of a newly-funded initiative to create a leadership network around the role of the arts in the economic revitalization of Gateway Cities, a strategy the National Endowment for the Arts calls “creative placemaking.”

Robert David Sullivan , Benjamin Forman , Caroline Koch , Steve Koczela   November 08, 2011
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MassINC's new Middle Class Index looks at how well Massachusetts' middle income residents have been faring over the last decade.

Benjamin Forman , Daniel Darcy , James Emilio   October 26, 2011
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This report examines the advantages of a more regionalized approach to transportation financing that would give communities across Massachusetts the ability to invest in transportation infrastructure at levels consistent with their needs. The analysis quantifies the revenue generating potential of two regional financing mechanisms: a payroll tax and a tax on vehicle miles traveled.

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