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Final Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting with Keynote Speaker US HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

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Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
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Last week, MAPC celebrated the many accomplishments made possible by our 2009 $4 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, and to recognize the Sustainable Communities Consortium, partners, and staff who poured their hearts and souls into this work.  We were greatly honored to be addressed by US HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who was instrumental to the success of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Secretary Donovan spoke about the program having been a new approach: connecting issues, and connecting the federal government with local leaders. “MAPC’s commitment is remarkable,” said the Secretary. “[This] is just the kind of work we wanted to support.”  His complete remarks, along with those of all the speakers, can be found on video here.

Barr Foundation President Jim Canales, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Barr Foundation President Jim Canales, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

It was an honor, too, to hear Jim Canales, the new President of the Barr Foundation, offer salient remarks about what he’s named his “Three Cs”: Cross-sector collaboration, capacity building, and citizen engagement. “Reach across silos,” he advised. “Engage in cross-sector collaboration. Under his watch, President Canales said, “Barr will be open, thoughtful, and transparent.”

MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Amy Cotter, MAPC’s Regional Plan Implementation Director, gave the audience a flavor of some of the many projects that have yielded – or are on their way to yielding – important results. There are place-based projects, toolkits, policy change, dialogue and capacity building, data analysis, and more; each, in a small or large way, helping the region become more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous.

Marc Draisen, MAPC’s Executive Director, delivered a rousing call to action. “The region is increasingly interdependent,” he said, “as is the world. We can’t do it one community at a time. Change is possible — with work and collaboration.” To that point, Mr. Draisen urged Consortium members to join the newly formed Metrofuture Implementation Advisory Committee.

MAPC Regional Plan Implementation Director Amy Cotter, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
MAPC Regional Plan Implementation Director Amy Cotter, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Not least of the event’s buzz centered around the posters prepared by project managers and partners, and the important, high-impact work achieved under the grant thanks to the dedication, creativity, and hard work of the staff, partners, and the Sustainable Communities Consortium.

Shirronda Almeida, Chair of the Sustainable Communities Consortium, introduced the speaking program. MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and MAPC Executive Committee member Joan Meschino, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and MAPC Executive Committee member Joan Meschino, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) MAPC's Matt Gardner and Jessie Partridge, Kerry Bowie, MassDEP Brownfields Coordinator, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) MAPC’s Matt Gardner and Jessie Partridge, Kerry Bowie, MassDEP Brownfields Coordinator, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) Danny LeBlanc, CEO of Somerville Community Development Corporation, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, MYRWA Executive Director, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) Danny LeBlanc, CEO of Somerville Community Development Corporation, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, MYRWA Executive Director, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) MAPC's Regional Plan Implementation Director Amy Cotter and Executive Director Marc Draisen, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) MAPC’s Regional Plan Implementation Director Amy Cotter and Executive Director Marc Draisen, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) MAPC Deputy Director Joel Barrera, Barr Foundation's Senior program Officer Mary Skelton Roberts, Climate Program Fellow Nathan Peyton, and President Jim Canales, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy Director Barry Bluestone, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) MAPC Deputy Director Joel Barrera, Barr Foundation’s Senior program Officer Mary Skelton Roberts, Climate Program Fellow Nathan Peyton, and President Jim Canales, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy Director Barry Bluestone, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) Rev. Francisco A. Tolentino, Nuestra Comunidad Board President Program Coordinator, Martha Elliot Health Center, Marc-Henry Germain, MAPC Analyst, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) Rev. Francisco A. Tolentino, Nuestra Comunidad Board President
Program Coordinator, Martha Elliot Health Center, Marc-Henry Germain, MAPC Analyst, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) Robert Stevens, City of Quincy Urban Renewal Planner, MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Julie Conroy, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) Robert Stevens, City of Quincy Urban Renewal Planner, MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Julie Conroy, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) MAPC Data Service Director Holly St. Clair, Littleton Town Administrator Keith Bergman MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) MAPC Data Service Director Holly St. Clair, Littleton Town Administrator Keith Bergman MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

(l to r) Shirronda Almeida, Sustainable Communities Consortium President, and MAPC's Senior Community Engagement Specialist Emily Torres-Cullinane, MAPC's Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
(l to r) Shirronda Almeida, Sustainable Communities Consortium President, and MAPC’s Senior Community Engagement Specialist Emily Torres-Cullinane, MAPC’s Sustainable Communities Consortium Final Event, May 21, 2014, Boston, Mass., courtesy Marilyn Humphries.