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Webinar: Federal Economic Development Funding Opportunities
Apr 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Looking to fund economic recovery and development in your city or town?

The Economic Development Administration offers multiple funding opportunities to help local governments, nonprofits, and other organizations serve economically-distressed areas.

MAPC helps support the funding process in our region and is available to assist with applications. At this information session, learn about the various grants available, find out how to apply, and hear from EDA grant recipients about their recent projects. There will time for Q&A.

We especially encourage community colleges, CDCs, and arts organizations to attend!

Funded projects could include planning and implementation projects that focus on economic development strategies, public facilities and infrastructure, and economic recovery. Successful applications must match MAPC’s and EDA’s funding priorities.

Webinar: Housing Choice in Your Community @ Zoom
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

How can you use the recently-passed Housing Choice legislation to meet the housing needs of your community? In this webinar, we’ll share the details of the new law, go over state guidance, and highlight decisions that have yet to be made.

[Webinar] Getting to Yes: Zoning Under Housing Choice @ Zoom
Jun 4 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 5 @ 12:30 am
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to build support for housing initiatives and hear from a panel of municipal leaders about strategies to advance residential zoning efforts and lessons learned across the Commonwealth.
Webinar: Economic Development ARPA Funding & Programs @ Zoom
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Municipal Webinar

Economic Development Administration American rescue plan act programs and funding

Thursday, September 9| Noon – 1 p.m.

The Economic Development Administration received $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities in their economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

EDA is making funding available through six innovative “challenges.” This webinar will review those funding categories and provide guidance about eligible projects, submitting applications, and developing partnerships.

Read more about EDA’s ARPA funding and the six challenges here.

After you register for this webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Webinar: How Municipalities Can Make Meaningful Investments with ARPA Dollars @ Zoom
Sep 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Municipal Webinar

How Municipalities can make meaningful investments with ARPA dollars

Wednesday, September 15| 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Massachusetts cities and towns have received $3.4 billion dollars through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. These dollars present an opportunity to make critical investments in communities and especially those that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. This federal funding can help set the stage for an equitable and resilient recovery.

Join us for a discussion with Doug Howgate from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on how cities and towns can make these strategic investments for a more prosperous and equitable region.

Speakers include:

  • Lizzi Weyant, Director of Government Affairs, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Doug Howgate, Executive Vice President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Webinar: ARPA Final Rule @ Zoom
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
On January 6, 2022, the U.S. Treasury released the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Final Rule covering state and local recovery funding. The final rule creates greater flexibility, simplicity, and clarity so state and local governments can respond to the pandemic and make transformative investments.
Join MAPC and the Executive Office of Administration & Finance for a briefing on the final rule.
2022 Statewide Municipal Partnerships Conference @ College of the Holy Cross
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Mass. Association of Regional Planning Agencies and Division of Local Services to hear from special guests Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, the Governor’s former Chief of Staff, Steve Kadish, as well as Secretaries Tesler, Acosta, Kennealy and Card about how to make the most of unprecedented infrastructure modernization resources and build a firm foundation for our Commonwealth’s future. Click here to register.

“Building the Foundation for our Future: Equitable Infrastructure Modernization in Massachusetts” will be hosted at College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

After remarks from the Governor and Lt. Governor, we’ll welcome to the stage Secretaries Tesler, Acosta, Kennealy and Card to talk about the potential available funding in each of their fields, and how communities can work with the Commonwealth to make the most of this funding, followed by a brief audience Q&A.

Afternoon workshops led by senior administration officials and local leaders from across the Commonwealth provide the chance, among other things, to dive deeper into these funding opportunities, think through the challenges facing your community, and hear from other communities looking to work through those same challenges.

Finally, you’ll hear from former Baker Chief of Staff and Harvard Taubman Center Senior Fellow Steve Kadish about some of the most promising strategies for working with community members and stakeholders to make the local change that our communities need.

Workshop topics include:

  • Building the Municipal Workforce Pipeline: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Early Education Reimagined: Funding Reform and Municipal Implications
  • Broadening Broadband: Expanding Access to High-Speed Internet
  • Transportation Infrastructure and Recovery: Stimulating Local Economies with Infrastructure Improvements
Belmont Housing Production Plan Public Forum @ Beech Street Center
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

As an early step in the planning process, the Town of Belmont and MAPC are hosting a public forum to introduce the project team, review the HPP process, and discuss current housing needs and context. The event will be held in hybrid format to engage as many residents as possible.

Doors Open: 6 PM | Forum Begins: 6:30 PM

Register Here
Registering in advance will help us plan for both in-person and zoom attendance. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the event. 

The event will also be livestreamed through Belmont Media Center.

Virtual Public Meeting: Boston to Blue Hills @ Zoom (Virtual)
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We Need Your Input!

Please join us for this public meeting that will focus on creating a vision for a walking, biking, and rolling route from the Neponset River Greenway to the Blue Hills Reservation. Your voice matters to helping us make this community-focused project a success!

Click here to register for the meeting!

Click here to go to the project webpage to learn more.

Homes for Profit: Speculation and Investment in Greater Boston
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

MAPC will be releasing research examining the prevalence, characteristics, and spatial patterns of residential property speculation in Greater Boston. Our research finds that low-income urban communities of color experience the highest rates of speculative investor activity. Investors are often able to buy properties at a discount using cash, and they are also more likely than non-investors to flip their properties and to make a significantly higher profit on flipped properties than non-investors.

Register via Zoom

Our November 30 webinar will feature a presentation of this research and a panel discussion.

Guest panelists will include:
▪ Angie Liou, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation
▪ Brian An, PhD, Director, Master of Science in Public Policy Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
▪ Tim Reardon, Chief of Data and Research, Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities
▪ Katie McCann, Rent Control Campaign Coordinator, City Life/Vida Urbana