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Community Stakeholders Envision Creative Placemaking in Natick Center

Written by Patricia Walsh of Americans for the Arts and Mallory Nezam of MAPC On Tuesday, May 27, and Friday, April 6, community members and local stakeholders took part in engagement workshops to envision the next steps for a Natick Center creative placemaking strategy. Thanks to Mutual One and Natick High School, which provided the […]

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Photos from Community Safety Day on the Hill

    On Wednesday, April 11, local officials, mayors and city managers, community leaders, law enforcement officers, and youth gathered at the State House for Community Safety Day on the Hill. Speakers addressed a standing room-only crowd to discuss effective ways of combating youth and gang violence, to educate attendees about the importance of supporting […]

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MAGIC Legislative Breakfast Connects Legislators, Local Officials

    Over 50 local officials, municipal staff, and other members of the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) gathered at the Maynard Golf Course on Tuesday, April 10 to hear from and ask questions of their state and Congressional representatives over a continental breakfast. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, and State […]

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The Feedback-Induced Pivot: Retrofitting Apps to Better Meet User Needs

This post discusses the new version of MAPC’s MassBuilds application. The new version will be available to the public in late April.   This post was originally published by MAPC Frontend Developer Eric Youngberg on Medium. Read the original article here.   My favorite applications are the ones that work. There are many applications that […]

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Cybersecurity & Management: What are you risking?

We leave a digital footprint with everything we do. Data is being generated whenever we use our GPS-equipped smartphones or go on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. This ever-growing stream of information is the foundation of Big Data that MAPC uses to explore trends, crowdsource, and spur change. The power of data gives […]

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MAPC & Eversource: Next Steps in Peak Demand

On Wednesday, April 4th, MAPC and Eversource hosted a webinar together to share new peak demand reduction opportunities with municipalities who have successfully shed load through MAPC’s peak electricity demand notification program. Municipalities specifically learned about battery storage, thermal storage, software and controls, and active demand response projects to take advantage of this summer 2018.

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Meeting Youth Where They’re At

How a group of government technologists designed a more accessible summer employment system for Boston youth

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Exploring Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for Municipal Buildings

Are you interested in exploring clean heating and cooling opportunities in your municipal buildings? MAPC can help! Communities, residents, and businesses are learning how to keep building occupants comfortable and climate-friendly using clean heating and cooling technologies. Clean heating and cooling (CH&C) technologies such as solar thermal and high-efficiency heat pumps reduce the role of […]

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Help Build a Sculptural Garden Along Northern Strand Community Trail

Written by Carolyn Lewenberg at MAPC with additional comments provided by Emily Nink, Kathleen O’Brien, and Jenn Erickson Community gardeners and other members of the public excited about growing food are invited to help build a sculptural garden area along the Northern Strand Community Trail! The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s arts and culture, environment, and […]

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MAPC Hosts New Mayors at Winter Council Meeting

  Four newly-minted mayors joined Metropolitan Area Planning Council staff, council members, and allies on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 28 for MAPC’s winter council meeting. Over 100 guests turned out to hear about the challenges of being a recently-inaugurated mayor, munch on breakfast, and hear about MAPC’s latest work. Boston City Council President (and […]

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