The Metro Mayors Community Safety Initiative receives Shannon Grant funds from the Commonwealth to implement regional strategies to combat youth violence, gang violence, and substance abuse through regional law enforcement efforts, street outreach workers, job training programs, and after-school programs.
Metro Mayors Coalition
The Metro Mayors Coalition is a groundbreaking coalition made up of 13 communities in Greater Boston. It is a voluntary forum where members exchange information and create solutions to common problems.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) helped to establish Metro Mayors in 2001, and provides staff support and financial administration. The municipal officials comprising this group represent over 1.2 million constituents. The founding members include mayors and managers from Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Quincy, Revere and Somerville. In 2006, Brookline and Winthrop joined Metro Mayors, and in 2008, Braintree joined, raising the membership to 13 municipalities.
Metro Mayors has become an effective vehicle to address common issues confronting urban core governments and has made significant strides in overcoming the obstacles that hampered past attempts at inter-local cooperation. The Coalition's success demonstrates the tangible benefits achieved through collective action.
MAPC and these enlightened mayors and managers have finally designed a collaborative model that works for Greater Boston – a model in which MAPC helps to facilitate collaboration among neighboring municipalities, provides the staff necessary for carrying out locally-designed inter-municipal programs and carries out well as regional legislative advocacy.
- Establishing the Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative and getting the program passed and funded by the Legislature and Governor. Shannon Grants require neighboring municipalities to work together to address gang violence, which does not recognize municipal boundaries. It also requires enforcement and prevention partners to collaborate to find regional solutions to gang and youth violence problems, as well as to provide programmatic opportunities to help local at-risk youth. There are two Shannon Grants within our Coalition – one to Boston and Brookline and a second to other members of Metro Mayors.
- Actively engaging with the Legislature and Governor to pass municipal health insurance reform that is saving cities and towns $200 million per year while ensuring high-quality, low-cost health insurance to municipal employees.
- Receiving $225,000 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to finance a feasibility study to determine the costs and benefits of creating a Regional Emergency Communications Center, a project that continues to move closer to reality.
- Hosting a forum to rally for increased transportation funds at South Station that drew more than 300 people and significant media attention. Metro Mayors was actively engaged in the transportation finance debate, which resulted in the Legislature passing a major package of transportation reform and revenue ($600 million in additional funds annually, on average, over a 5-year period.)
- Organizing a press conference with dozens of mayors from across the state to call for common-sense measures to decrease gun violence in our cities.
- Successfully advocating for reforms to the Community Preservation Act that are already making CPA more appealing for cities to join.
If you have any questions regarding the Metro Mayors Coalition, please contact MAPC Government Affairs Director Rebecca Davis at 617-933-0708 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Metro Mayors Coalition is funded by member municipalities and in-kind contributions from MAPC.
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