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"The Spirit of Massachusetts"

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is known for many things; our universities, sports teams, even our unique driving style. Occasionally, the state will adopt an emblem as an official state symbol. For example, we have an official state berry (cranberry), folk hero (Johnny Appleseed), and yes, doughnut (Boston cream). As representative as these are, MAPC’s Government […]

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Nine Years of Community Safety

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on the Hill. Together, they urged legislators to provide full funding for the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative […]

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Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter. Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), addressed the Council, outlining the MPO’s process of updating the Long Range Transportation Plan […]

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Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) as a model report. If you haven’t heard, the HNEF is a proposed $30 million private […]

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MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and Salem, in drafting their complete street policies. The town of Stoughton, the fifth winner from the region, drafted it’s own […]

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MAPC’s Development Database: A Window to the Future

There is no doubt that Metro Boston real estate is on the rebound from the recession of the late ’00s.  From Downtown Boston to our smallest towns, cranes and carpenters are hard at work building the new homes and commercial spaces that signify a growing economy. Individual developments may be small or large, but their […]

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MAPC Homeland Security – Our Story

You may have seen this phrase about MAPC’s Homeland Security work: “MAPC serves as the lead Statewide Fiduciary for the Massachusetts Homeland Security Planning Regions under a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.” Are you still wondering, “But what do they do??” Here is a breakdown of our Homeland Security […]

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Natural Partners: Community Development and Community Health

          Quick links: Read the full report here. Read an executive summary here Read about MAPC’s work on the CITC HIA and view video MAPC’s public health team is excited to announce the release of the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) Health Impact Assessment (HIA), a groundbreaking report prepared in partnership […]

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State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release

July 11, 2014, Cambridge, MA: Inspiration and resolve suffused the official release of MAPC’s State of Equity in Greater Boston Policy Agenda. The event, held at and sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and sponsored, too, by the Mel King Institute for Community Building and Action for Regional Equity, was crowded with leaders […]

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Annual Council Meeting

MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting, held May 28, 2014, was an occasion for transitions, for well-deserved awards, and for engaging discussion about the agency’s plans for the next five years. The first order of business was to present Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly and Representative Stephen Kulik with MAPC’s Legislator of the Year Award. Senator Donnelly has served […]

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