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Report: How Can Downtowns Survive MA Reopening?

May 13, 2020

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 […]

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MAPC Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Fuel Efficiency Standards

April 2, 2020

Amanda Linehan Communications Director 617-933-0705 For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 2, 2020 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement responding to weakened fuel efficiency standards announced by the Trump administration. “MAPC strongly opposes fuel efficiency rollbacks that will imperil people’s health, our environment, and the economy […]

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MAPC: House Transportation Proposal Will Raise Needed New Revenue

February 26, 2020

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 BOSTON – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement on the House’s newly-released transportation bills. “House leadership today made some significant recommendations to raise critical new revenue for our transportation system. This conversation is overdue and desperately needed, and we’re […]

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“Crowded in and Priced Out:” Housing Families with Children in Greater Boston

February 3, 2020

Nearly one out of every four families with children in 12 Greater Boston communities pay more than half their income for housing, while nearly one in ten live in overcrowded conditions.

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MAPC Isssues Statement on the Transportation and Climate Initiative

December 18, 2019

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) issued the following statement supporting the Baker Administration’s leadership in advancing the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), which is a multi-state agreement to establish a cap-and-invest system in the transportation sector.  If fully implemented, the participating jurisdictions in the Northeast United States could see […]

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RSS Planning 101 Posts

  • Protected: Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19 May 21, 2020
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  • [Friday Deadline] Join Regional Microenterprise Grant Program May 21, 2020
    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 […]
  • MAPC Presents to the Governor’s Reopening Task Force May 14, 2020
    The Road to Reopening & Recovery For the past two months, MAPC has been actively engaged with state and local leaders to curb the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19. With our colleagues at the Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC), we repurposed Homeland Security funds to buy ventilators for some of our smaller hospitals. […]
  • Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap May 13, 2020
    Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap Each week brings troubling news about the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and MAPC has been working to stay on top of new information as it emerges. We published our first research brief about the housing security implications of widespread layoffs on April 2 and issued an updated […]
  • Building a New Future Together May 12, 2020
    How municipal governments can help their small businesses to reopen, recover, and thrive.