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Creative Placemaking Forum: Forging Community Development and Creative Communities

Hosted by the Mel King Institute, MAPC co-sponsored an innovative forum with MACDC and MASSCreative to highlight the stepping stones and barriers in advancing creative placemaking. This summer, the Mel King Institute, MassCreative, and MACDC requested technical assistance from MAPC’s Arts and Culture division to implement three Creative Placemaking Immersion workshops that would allow CDCs […]

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Net Zero Planning: Know your Resources!

Webinar on Upcoming Net Zero Resources On Tuesday, September 12, MAPC’s Clean Energy Department’s Environmental Fellow, Mayra Cruz delivered a fantastic webinar on Net Planning resources that can be beneficial to many cities and towns. We had the fortunate opportunity to have Mayra with us, who put considerable time into researching and building Net Zero […]

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New MAPC.org Launch

Welcome to the new MAPC website! We are delighted to launch this brighter, more appealing, and more usable digital home. We have put a great deal of thought into allowing easier access to our work. As we finish populating the site over the next several weeks, we want to know what you think! Please let […]

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9th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament

  Earlier this month, the Metro Mayors Coalition, facilitated by MAPC, organized the 9th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament held at Somerville High School. On Saturday, August 5th, the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative brought together teams from Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy and Revere to participate in a friendly basketball tournament. This […]

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Best Practices for Streamlining Solar Permitting and Inspection Processes

Earlier this year, MAPC was selected to participate in SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. SolSmart is a national program that recognizes communities that have taken steps to reduce solar soft costs and increase the efficiency of solar permitting and inspection processes. The program has enabled MAPC to work alongside […]

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What We Do: Homeland Security

In the video above, Assistant Director of Municipal Collaboration Amy Reilly discusses MAPC’s Homeland Security Division. MAPC serves as Massachusetts’ Homeland Security fiduciary, distributing Federal Department of Homeland Security grants received by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to partners throughout the state. MAPC’s team manages grants given to four regional Homeland […]

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What We Do: Clean Energy

In the video above, Cammy Peterson, Director of Clean Energy, explains the role of the Clean Energy Department at MAPC. MAPC’s clean energy services range from local energy and climate action planning to energy-related technical assistance to state and regional procurements. Recent projects include LED streetlight retrofits, community electricity aggregation, municipal climate preparedness and resiliency, […]

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What We Do: Arts and Culture

In the video above, MAPC’s brand-new Arts & Culture Manager, Jenn Erickson, discusses arts and cultural planning at MAPC. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a new service area! Last week, Executive Director Marc Draisen announced a new division within MAPC: Arts & Culture. Arts and culture was already a growth area at MAPC. Recent […]

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What We Do: Legislative Priorities

  In the video above, MAPC Government Affairs Specialist Steve Byrne discusses MAPC’s legislative priorities. Every legislative session, the government affairs team monitors legislative action on Beacon Hill, identifying, following and advocating for bills and budget items likely to affect MAPC and those living and working in the MAPC region. The team compiles a list […]

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