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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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Report: How Can Downtowns Survive MA Reopening?

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 New Brief Outlines Steps Needed to Ensure Small Businesses Survive Re-opening and Thrive in Post-COVID Era Cities, towns, state must all work together to create a friendly regulatory framework and provide reopening assistance; Allowing curbside vending, mass-purchasing of PPE and testing supplies, and repurposing public spaces can help […]

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Building a New Future Together

How municipal governments can help their small businesses to reopen, recover, and thrive.

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Equity-Forward Economic Development in Uphams Corner

Equity-Forward Development in Uphams Corner Across the Boston region and the United States, neighborhoods are experiencing significant economic changes. In some cases, residents can ride the wave of the economic surge and see their lives improve. Unfortunately, not all are lifted by this wave: many have been limited by a history of racial, legal, and […]

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End of the Legislative Session – How MAPC’s Priorities Fared

As Massachusetts’ legislative session drew to a close early Wednesday morning, many of MAPC’s legislative priorities were up for consideration. We wanted to give you a sense of how they fared. Short Term Rentals: The legislature’s bill regulating short term rentals would tax short term rentals at the hotel rate of 5.7 percent. City and […]

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The art of Community Building and Economic Development through Art

Hosted on November 6, 2017 Art and Culture Discussion Series #1: Community Building and Economic Development through Art Article written by Mallory Nezam with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg Community events so rich that draw tens of thousands of people, age-old problems turned into new opportunities that instill local pride—these are just a few of […]

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MAPC on a Roll: Hazard Mitigation Plan

Since 2005, MAPC has completed FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plans for 82 of our communities, and we have prepared 5-year plan updates for 50 cities and towns. Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. At MAPC, our planners do their best to draft the most appropriate […]

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