Webinar: Pool Testing for COVID-19 @ Zoom Conference
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Learn more about COVID-19 pool testing efforts underway in the region!
What is pool testing?
“Pool testing”—batching samples together and retesting individually if a result is positive—is a way for municipalities and schools to work together to provide regular, frequent, and cost-effective COVID-19 testing.
In this webinar, we’ll learn about the pool testing program led by Tufts University and the cities of Somerville and Medford; and hear about local pool testing programs in Salem and Wellesley.
Speakers will share more about how they started their pool testing efforts, lessons learned, and what you should know if you’re interested in setting up a pool testing program.
Shared Streets: Looking Back, Looking Forward @ Zoom
Jan 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In 2020, cities and towns throughout Greater Boston re-imagined their public spaces, converting streets and sidewalks into spaces that would promote active transportation, social distancing, outdoor dining, multimodal transit, and safe exercise.

Now, in partnership with MassDOT and the Solomon Foundation, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council is inviting cities and towns to look back at their recently-completed shared streets projects.

Please join us next Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for a panel discussion and Q&A on Shared Streets. Municipal representatives will reflect on the complex projects they undertook, share lessons learned, and look forward to what’s next.


  • Kate Fichter (moderator): Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination, MassDOT
  • Wayne Feiden, FAICP: Director Planning & Sustainability, Northampton
  • Katrina O’Leary: Town Planner, Middleton
  • Police Chief Tom Galvin, Berlin
  • Ben Cares: Senior Planner and Project Manager, Chelsea

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Municipal Webinar: Vaccine Distribution in Senior Subsidized Housing @ Zoom Conference
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Commonwealth recently announced that residents and staff of public and subsidized senior housing are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the first tier of Phase II of the vaccine rollout. This step is anticipated to begin later this month.

With this opportunity comes the need to quickly arrange vaccination opportunities for some of state’s most vulnerable residents. This requires coordination among three groups: municipal officials and staff, including local boards of health; owners and managers of public and subsidized senior housing, including local housing authorities; and medical providers who can staff clinics and vaccinate residents.

Please join us on Tuesday, February 9 to learn how cities and towns can support vaccination in senior housing facilities.

Webinar speakers will include:
Robin Lipson, Deputy Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Emily Cooper, Chief Housing Officer, Executive Office of Elder Affairs

There will be an opportunity to ask questions!

More information from the Commonwealth on COVID-19 vaccinations for senior housing setting is available here.

Regional Immigrant Small Business Owners Panel
Mar 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in the Workplace @ Zoom
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Living Together: MetroCommon 2050 Short Film Screening @ Zoom
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the premiere of “Living Together,” an original short film by Mariona Lloretta. It’s the stories of five Greater Boston residents, their lived experience, and their hope for the place we all call home.

Creative COVID-19 Communications Virtual Gallery Event
Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

On June 22nd from 4:00-5:30 pm ET, join the MAPC Public Health and Arts & Culture departments as we unveil new artworks created by nine artists and artist teams that aim to spread the word about COVID-related public health advice. The artworks are available for public use by health agencies, municipalities, community groups, and the general public. Join us to celebrate the artists and receive links to the artworks available for digital download and sharing!

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Special Council Meeting @ Zoom
Nov 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Special Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

This Special Council meeting is being conducted remotely via Zoom video conference, consistent with Governor Baker’s Executive Order of March 12, 2020 and as extended by S.2475, signed by Governor Baker on June 16, 2021. S.2475 also allows town councils, state boards, and other bodies to hold remote public meetings until April 1, 2022. To provide public access to the meeting while limiting the potential for abuse of videoconferencing technology (i.e. Zoom Bombing), members of the public may view the proceedings at

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MetroCommon Research Release: Rethinking the Suburban Strip @ Zoom
Jan 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

We’ll hear from experts on retrofitting suburbia, get a first look at MAPC’s interactive report and website, and discuss opportunities for you to transform suburban space to meet new needs.

Winter Council Meeting @ Zoom
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

2022 Winter Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Please join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for our Winter Council Meeting on Wednesday, March 2!
We are excited to announce that we’ll be joined by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Lynn Mayor Jared Nicholson, and Gloucester Mayor Greg Verga for a New Mayors Panel beginning at 10 a.m.
We will also award the Robert Davidson Staff Achievement Award to three staff members who have demonstrated exceptional leadership at MAPC: Assistant Director of Municipal Collaboration Amy Reilly,Operations Coordinator Patrice Faulkner, and Senior Planner Raul Gonzalez.
Our Agenda Includes:
  • Business meeting beginning at 9 a.m., including key votes on MAPC’s Mid-Year Budget and Assessment Funds.
  • City Caucus breakout session for Executive Committee Elections
  • Screening of short film Homes for All.
  • Robert Davidson Staff Achievement Award
  • New Mayors Panel beginning at 10 a.m., featuring Mayor Wu, Mayor Ballantyne, Mayor Nicholson, and Mayor Verga!

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