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Storytelling to Capture Community Cohesion

Storytelling to Capture Community Cohesion Sense of place can be difficult to define and express. It’s subjective, political, aesthetic, poetic. You can feel it when you’re there, but everyone will feel differently based on their personal histories and experiences. Daphne Xu, filmmaker and urban planner When the MAPC team started a small business plan for […]

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MAPC Statement on Economic Development Bond Bill

MAPC Statement on the Economic Development Bond Bill For immediate release: Friday, January 15, 2021 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is glad to see that Governor Charlie Baker signed the $626 million Economic Development Bond Bill. In particular, we applaud the Governor and Legislature’s work on advancing Housing Choices, which represents a meaningful first […]

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DLTA Spotlight: COVID-19 Small Business Support

DLTA Spotlight: COVID-19 Small Business Support Advancing Small Businesses in Arlington, Medford, Salem, Newton and Needham District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and technical staff to work on projects related to regional collaboration, economic development, […]

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53 Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and more than 50 Massachusetts municipal leaders today are calling on State House leadership to provide immediate relief for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A coalition of 53 officials representing cities and towns throughout Massachusetts signed a letter urging the Legislature to help small businesses bridge the gap […]

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Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief

Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and more than 50 Massachusetts municipal leaders today are calling on State House leadership to provide immediate relief for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A coalition of 53 officials representing […]

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MAPC Publishes Unemployment Rapid Response Plan

Photo Credit: Jon Taylor MAPC Publishes Unemployment Rapid Response Plan Last week, MAPC published “A Community and Regional Rapid Response Plan: Significant Labor Force Disruptions’ and Unemployment,” which includes an analysis of critical needs for those unemployed due to COVID-19 and a detailed action framework for municipalities and the region to address the crisis. The […]

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August Data Viz: Paycheck Protection Program

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. August’s visualization examines how Paycheck Protection Program loans are spread across Massachusetts. Almost every municipality has a business that received a loan, but the percentage of […]

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July Data Viz: The Pollution Proximity Index

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. July’s visualization explores the levels of air pollution from vehicle emissions across the region. Most people in the region live near a major roadway, but exposure […]

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June Data Viz: Unemployment Under the Federal CARES Act

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. June’s visualization examines how the Federal CARES Act’s $600-per-week increase in unemployment benefits impacts unemployed Massachusetts workers. While it temporarily raises the potential benefits for all, […]

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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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