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Priority Bills as the End of the 2023-2024 Massachusetts Legislative Session Approaches

Priority Bills as the End of the 2023-2024 Massachusetts Legislative Session Approaches July 9, 2024 – We are officially less than one month out from the end of the 2023-2024 Massachusetts Legislative Session with many important bills and fiscal priorities still on the table. The MAPC Government Affairs team has been hard at work talking […]

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Officers and Executive Committee Elected, Staff Members Awarded at Annual Council Meeting

Officers and Executive Committee Elected, Staff Members Awarded at Annual Council Meeting Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rebecca Tepper addressed attendees as the keynote speaker June 11, 2024 – Representatives from the 101 cities and towns in the MAPC region, gubernational appointees, state and City of Boston officials, and guests […]

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Municipal Officials Stand Behind ‘Transfer Fee’ as Critical Tool for Keeping Region Affordable

Municipal Officials Stand Behind ‘Transfer Fee’ as Critical Tool for Keeping Region Affordable . Boston – May 9, 2024 – The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition and communities across the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) region have joined together to renew their support for local-option transfer fees, urging the Legislature to give communities this critical tool to […]

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Advocates Gather for Community Safety Day on the Hill

Advocates Gather for Community Safety Day on the Hill Written by Rosemary Volinski, Program Specialist, Municipal Collaboration May 1, 2024 – More than 50 youth, violence prevention leaders, law enforcement, and legislators gathered at the Massachusetts State House for the annual Community Safety Day on the Hill event in support of the Senator Charles E. […]

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MARPA Gathers for District Local Technical Assistance Day

MARPA Gathers for District Local Technical Assistance Day March 27, 2024 – Yesterday, leaders from most of the Commonwealth’s 13 regional planning agencies gathered on Beacon Hill to advocate for District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) and the Grant Assistance Program (GAP), two critical programs that support local projects across the Commonwealth. Representative Paul Donato and […]

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Affordable Homes Act Reported Favorably by Joint Committee on Housing

Affordable Homes Act Reported Favorably by Joint Committee on Housing Hearing draws more than 250 municipal officials, housing professionals, business leaders and residents Written by Georgia Barlow, government affairs specialist March 8, 2024 – In early March, the Joint Committee on Housing reported favorably the Affordable Homes Act filed by Governor Healey with all sections […]

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MAPC Advocates for the Arts

MAPC Advocates for the Arts Written by Norman Abbott, Senior Government Affairs Specialist January 24, 2024 – Hundreds of advocates from across the Commonwealth braved the weather for a celebration of Massachusetts’ arts and culture sector. Organized by MASSCreative and co-hosted by MAPC, ArtsBoston, Dunamis, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MASSCreative, Mass Cultural Council, […]

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Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll Joins 2023 MARPA-DLS Conference

Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll Joins 2023 MARPA-DLS Conference The Lt. Governor announced the launch of the administration’s Federal Funds Partnership for Massachusetts Municipalities and Tribes. Written by Norman Abbott, Senior Government Affairs Specialist October 10, 2023 – More than two hundred municipal officials and staff from across the Commonwealth gathered last week for the 2023 […]

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FY 2024 Budget: How MAPC Priorities Fared

FY2024 Budget: How MAPC Priorities Fared MAPC thanks Governor Healey for approving a FY2024 budget that increases or maintains funding for key MAPC priorities, including the District Local Technical Assistance program, Shannon Grant, and more.  August 18, 2023 – Governor Healey signed her first budget into law on August 9. The legislation includes $55.98 billion […]

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New Subsidized Housing Inventory Figures Provide an Estimate of Affordable Housing Available in each Massachusetts Community

New Subsidized Housing Inventory Figures Provide an Estimate of Affordable Housing Available in each Massachusetts Community While the new SHI provides important information about the state’s progress toward greater housing affordability, the picture remains incomplete. Written by Tim Reardon, Data Services Director August 4, 2023 – The Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) […]

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