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[Friday Deadline] Join Regional Microenterprise Grant Program

Community Development Block Grants for Microenterprise, Public Social Services Friday, May 22 deadline to indicate interest in regional program On Friday, May 15, the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released an opportunity for non-entitlement communities to apply for Community Development Block Grant CARES Act funding. There is $9.65 million available to municipalities […]

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MAPC Presents to the Governor’s Reopening Task Force

The Road to Reopening & Recovery For the past two months, MAPC has been actively engaged with state and local leaders to curb the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19. With our colleagues at the Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC), we repurposed Homeland Security funds to buy ventilators for some of our smaller hospitals. […]

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Building a New Future Together

How municipal governments can help their small businesses to reopen, recover, and thrive.

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The Opioid Epidemic: A Mother’s Reckoning

Over 2,000 people died of opioid overdoses in Massachusetts last year. Our state has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the country. Substance use upends the lives of not only those facing an opioid use disorder, but their friends and family as well. The effects of this public health crisis can […]

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Shared Practices for Engagement in Virtual Meetings

Hosting engaging public meetings over virtual platforms can be tricky. Since the COVID-19 emergency necessitated working from home, MAPC has been working with staff and partners to understand how to host engaging virtual meetings. This document assembles some recommendations and shared practices

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MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition Receives Shannon Grant

MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition Receives Shannon Grant to Combat Gang and Youth Violence In eight Metro Boston communities that have banded together to combat gang and youth violence, thousands of young people participate in athletic leagues, job placement programs, music and arts programs, and other community-building efforts every year. Programming will continue to improve in […]

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Research Brief: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

Report: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap   The “first wave” of COVID-related unemployment in Massachusetts is represented in the nearly 329,000 initial unemployment claims filed between March 16 and March 28. The largest share of claims was from workers in Food Preparation, followed by Office and Administrative, Sales, Construction, and Transportation occupations. This first wave […]

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MAPC Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Fuel Efficiency Standards

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement responding to weakened fuel efficiency standards announced by the Trump administration. “MAPC strongly opposes fuel efficiency rollbacks that will imperil people’s health, our environment, and the economy of our region, state, and country,” said MAPC Deputy Director Rebecca Davis. “Reversing course on efficiency and greenhouse […]

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MAPC COVID-19 Response

In the interest of keeping our partners throughout the state and region informed, MAPC will document its response to COVID-19 here. A Message from MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen: Addressing the COVID-19 Emergency in Metro Boston As the COVID-19 pandemic changes many aspects of our lives, one thing won’t be changing: MAPC is committed to […]

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New Resources for Equitable Net Zero Planning

New Resources for Equitable Net Zero Planning Prioritize Net Zero Actions and Implement Equity with our Frameworks In response to the climate crisis, cities and towns across the globe have made commitments to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by maximizing reductions in energy use and supplying buildings, transportation, and infrastructure with renewable sources of […]

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