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Statement of Support for the AAPI Community

March 18, 2021

Statement of Support for the AAPI Community The last year has seen an increase in racist and xenophobic assumptions, behaviors and reported attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are wrongfully perceived as responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. The mass murder of AAPI community members in Atlanta earlier this […]

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Study: Online Shopping Causing Major Uptick in Pollution, Traffic, Industrial Rents in Greater Boston

February 25, 2021

Amanda Linehan Communications Director Metropolitan Area Planning Council Boston – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today released a new study on e-commerce in Massachusetts, finding that this rapidly growing industry is already having major impacts on the job market and transportation network of Greater Boston, including a big […]

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MAPC Statement on the Transportation Bond Bill

January 15, 2021

MAPC Statement on Transportation Bond Bill We were deeply disappointed this evening when Governor Baker vetoed critical policy provisions in H.5248, An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment. Coming only a day after the Governor vetoed the climate bill and significant portions of the economic development bond bill, we feel […]

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MAPC Statement on Economic Development Bond Bill

January 15, 2021

MAPC Statement on the Economic Development Bond Bill For immediate release: Friday, January 15, 2021 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is glad to see that Governor Charlie Baker signed the $626 million Economic Development Bond Bill. In particular, we applaud the Governor and Legislature’s work on advancing Housing Choices, […]

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MAPC’s Statement on Govenor’s Veto of S.2995

January 14, 2021

MAPC STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S VETO OF S. 2995 “Last month, the Baker Administration set ambitious goals for a net zero future by releasing the 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan outlining actions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change over the next decade. Massachusetts was on the cusp of […]

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RSS Planning 101 Posts

  • Action Alert: FY22 House Ways and Means Budget April 16, 2021
    Call to Action: FY22 House Ways and Means Budget On Wednesday, the MA House Ways and Means Committee released their FY22 budget bill, H.4000. It includes a number of wins for cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. We're incredibly grateful to the House Ways and Means Committee for their hard work on the budget (you […]
  • Watch: Community Safety Day 2021 April 9, 2021
    On Tuesday, April 6, local officials, mayors and city managers, community leaders, law enforcement officers, and youth gathered for the 2021 Community Safety Day on the Hill: the first virtual gathering in the event's history. Over 200 people from across Massachusetts tuned in to hear about the importance of supporting youth violence prevention programs, talk […]
  • MAPC, MyRWA Launch Second Round of COVID-Safe Cooling Program April 6, 2021
    MAPC and Mystic River Watershed Association Launch Second Round of COVID-Safe Cooling Program In the spring of 2020, people were facing plenty of new challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic: preventing themselves from contracting the disease, conforming to social distancing requirements, wearing face masks, and avoiding indoor gatherings among them. But as the weather got […]
  • Video: Federal Economic Development Funding Opportunities Webinar April 2, 2021
    Looking to fund economic recovery and development efforts in your area? The Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers multiple funding opportunities to help local governments, nonprofits, and other organizations serve economically-distressed areas. This webinar discusses the various grants available and how to apply, and features past EDA grant recipients talking about their recent projects. MAPC provides […]
  • Video: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce April 2, 2021
    The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce are both severe and lopsided in comparison to men. For women of color, who make up a higher percentage of essential workers, job losses are even worse. Addressing this "she-cession" will take a focused effort across sectors: government, business, advocates, and academia must all […]