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MAPC Supporting Good Jobs Metro Boston Coalition, Careers in Early Childhood Education

MAPC Supporting Good Jobs Metro Boston Coalition, Careers in Early Childhood Education Written by Angela Brown, Chief of Economic Development Photo: AdobeStock_145848454 January 9, 2024 – While it feels like we have put the pandemic-induced economic downturn in our rearview mirror, MAPC continues to wrestle with the question: how does Metro Boston reach our goals […]

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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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MAPC Invites Proposals for the FY2024 Accelerating Climate Resilience Municipal Grants

MAPC Invites Proposals for the FY2024 Accelerating Climate Resilience Municipal Grants The 101 municipalities in the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s region are invited to apply for funding for one-year projects that will help advance their communities’ climate resilience. August 15, 2023 – BOSTON – The Accelerating Climate Resilience (ACR) Municipal Grants program is now accepting […]

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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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Harnessing Community Science to Better Understand Urban Heat Island Challenges in the MetroWest

Earlier this month, 41 volunteers set out from Framingham State University (FSU) to collect temperature and humidity data along seven different routes, spanning 80 square miles. They conducted temperature data at three different times – a morning shift, afternoon shift, and an evening shift, to capture a comprehensive picture of the region’s temperature variations throughout […]

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Burgeoning Support for Local Option Transfer Fees

Burgeoning Support for Local Option Transfer Fees Legislation would grant cities and towns the ability to establish real estate transfer fees to fund affordable housing. Pictured, MAPC Policy Analyst Matt Walsh speaks at the Local Option for Housing Affordability Coalition’s day of advocacy at the State House. July 19, 2023 – Back in March, hundreds of […]

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MAPC Finds Greater Boston Experienced Measurable Loss of Industrial Space Since 2011, Demand for this Space Remains Robust

MAPC Finds Greater Boston Experienced Measurable Loss of Industrial Space Since 2011, Demand for this Space Remains Robust Deterioration of the regional industrial base could damage the region’s economic strength, price smaller firms out of the area, and have a disproportionate impact on workers of color and those without college degrees BOSTON – February 14, […]

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Millis Residents Asked to Weigh in on a Vision for MBTA Community 3A Zoning

Millis Residents Asked to Weigh in on a Vision for MBTA Community 3A Zoning The Town and Advisory Committee want to hear from the community MILLIS – February 1, 2023 – In response to the affordable housing crisis, Massachusetts recently passed new legislation that requires communities adopt zoning that creates opportunities for multi-family housing development. […]

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STUDY: App-Based Food Orders Most Likely Outnumber Ride-Hailing Trips in Mass., with Major Impacts on Traffic, Climate & Low-Wage Workers

STUDY: App-Based Food Orders Most Likely Outnumber Ride-Hailing Trips in Mass., with Major Impacts on Traffic, Climate & Low-Wage Workers Dark stores, emissions from delivery vehicles, and third-party app fees all have major effects on local economies, MAPC research finds; policy changes should incentivize e-bikes, data sharing, zoning for curbside management & state-level labor protections. […]

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MAPC Issues Statement on Economic Development Spending Package H. 5374

MAPC Issues Statement on Economic Development Spending Package H. 5374 BOSTON – Nov. 4, 2022 – “Yesterday the Massachusetts legislature voted to approve an economic development spending package (H. 5374), allocating nearly $3.8 billion together with a fiscal year 2022 closeout budget. The package includes $500 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds and […]

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