On Wednesday, October 25th, MAPC held its annual Fall Council Meeting at the Quincy Marriott. The meeting brought together over 100 Council Members, staff, and officers; with special guests from the Mann family and City of Quincy’s Mayor Thomas P. Koch.
We were delighted to have presented Michelle Ciccolo with the Mayor Theodore Mann Regional Leadership Award for the regional leadership she has provided as Selectman and (earlier) as a Planning Board member in Lexington. Additionally, it was an even greater honor to have given Emily Torres-Cullinane, MAPC’s Robert Davidson Staff Achievement Award this year for her efforts in both community engagement and transforming the planning practice at MAPC.
However, the innovative mobility panel definitely stole the show. Representatives from DOER Massachusetts, Clean Cities Coalition, Alternative Transportation, Optimus Ride, Inc, the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics at the City of Boston, and Reach Strategies Plug in America presented on the past, present, and future of electric and autonomous vehicles.
The festivities continued after the meeting, with a FREE Ride and Drive Electric Vehicle Event, co-hosted by MAPC and the Department of Energy Resources. It highlighted the clean-air and cost-saving benefits provided by electric cars and also provided attendees an opportunity to learn, view, and test drive a Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Ford C Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, and electric bikes from FiField, a Hingham-based company!
We’d like to thank you everyone that came out to our meeting and also to the City of Quincy and the Quincy Marriott Hotel for having us, as well as the Department of Energy Resources and our informative and astounding panelists and award recipients.
For more information on MAPC’s future council meetings, please visit MAPC’s Public Meetings Page, and stay tuned for future events to stay involved.