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Watch: Community Safety Day 2021

On Tuesday, April 6, local officials, mayors and city managers, community leaders, law enforcement officers, and youth gathered for the 2021 Community Safety Day on the Hill: the first virtual gathering in the event’s history. Over 200 people from across Massachusetts tuned in to hear about the importance of supporting youth violence prevention programs, talk […]

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Webinar: Pool Testing for COVID-19

“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 December 14 webinar, attendees heard about a pool testing program led by Tufts University with Somerville and Medford Public Schools, as well as programs […]

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Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7

Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7 The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on hospitals, local health departments, emergency management organizations, and other health providers across the country and the Commonwealth. But in Northeastern Massachusetts, these local hospitals and agencies haven’t had to face the crisis alone: MAPC has provided essential support to these […]

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Webinar: Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

Cities and towns are deploying a number of strategies to identify the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. One emerging method: testing sewage from households and buildings for the presence of the virus. Knowing that COVID-19 is present in wastewater can be an important indicator of where its spread may be accelerating. In places where […]

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Local Public Health Officials, Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding

138 Local Public Health Officials & Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding for Local Health Departments Over 100 public health officials and municipal leaders from throughout Massachusetts are calling for a second $15 million package of emergency funding for local health departments before the end of 2020. On November 23, 138 officials from 87 communities […]

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37 Mayors and Managers: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

37 Mayors and Managers to Federal Officials: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding Thirty-seven Massachusetts municipal leaders are asking the Massachusetts federal delegation to extend the deadline to spend CARES Act funding beyond the end of the calendar year. “The December 31st deadline creates an arbitrary end date by which we must spend this critical […]

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Local Officials: Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism Our nation’s long-simmering tensions over systemic racism and police violence have resulted in important protests and conversations this summer, making one thing clear: now is a time for action. All of our residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and on our streets, and we can take […]

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The Diversity Deficit: MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity

The Diversity Deficit MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity  The people who work in Greater Boston cities and towns are overwhelmingly whiter and older than the communities or region they serve, according to new research released by MAPC today.   Clerks, police officers, librarians, firefighters, teachers, municipal maintenance workers: residents interact with […]

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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’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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