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MAPC releases statement on MBTA Communities Multifamily Zoning Guidelines

April 1, 2022

MBTA communities can be affordable, transit-oriented For immediate release: Friday, April 1 “As the regional planning agency serving the 101 cities and towns of Greater Boston, MAPC is working hard to address the housing crisis facing the Commonwealth. We applaud both the Legislature and the Administration for providing much needed […]

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Local leaders call for e-bike legislation

March 29, 2022

Local Leaders Call for E-Bike Legislation For immediate release: Tuesday, March 29 Officials from Arlington, Bedford, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Newton, Salem, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester signed onto the letter supporting the bill, which is currently in the Joint Committee on Transportation. An Act relative […]

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Statement: 19 Mayors and Managers Call for Passage of Driver’s License Bill

February 16, 2022

BOSTON –19 mayors and managers from across Massachusetts today reiterated their support for The Work and Family Mobility Act and urged legislators to vote in favor of the bill in a letter submitted to members of the Massachusetts House and Senate. The bill, recently reported favorably from the Joint Committee […]

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Statement: New ‘stretch’ energy code draft released by DOER

February 9, 2022

“MAPC applauds the high level of energy efficiency reflected in the code proposals announced, both in the update to the existing stretch energy code and in the proposed design for the new specialized opt-in code,” said Cammy Peterson, Director of Clean Energy at MAPC. “The existing stretch code has been […]

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Driver’s License Bill Wins Support of 15 Mayors and Managers Across Commonwealth

January 27, 2022

BOSTON –15 Mayors and City Managers from across Massachusetts today announced their support for The Work and Family Mobility Act in a letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Transportation. The bill, currently awaiting a report from the Committee, would allow immigrants without status to qualify for a Massachusetts Standard […]

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  • Funding Opportunities for Mass. Schools to Invest in Indoor Air Quality & Heat Resilience October 12, 2022
    Funding Opportunities for Mass. Schools to Invest in Indoor Air Quality & Heat Resilience Written by Sharon Ron, MAPC senior public health planner, Paula Giraldo and Geri Medina, Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership / Health Resources in Action The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be granting $100 million to school districts to […]
  • MARPA-DLS Conference Highlights Opportunities for Cities & Towns, Reflects on Accomplishments October 4, 2022
    More than one hundred municipal officials and staff from across the Commonwealth gathered last week for the 2022 Statewide Municipal Partnerships Conference, hosted by the Mass. Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA) and Division of Local Services at the College of the Holy Cross. Special guests at the conference, the first held since 2019, included […]
  • MARPA-DLS Conference 2022: Announcing Special Guests Governor Charlie Baker and Steve Kadish September 20, 2022
    Join the Mass. Association of Regional Planning Agencies and Division of Local Services to hear from special guests Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, the Governor’s former Chief of Staff, Steve Kadish, as well as Secretaries Tesler, Acosta, Kennealy and Card about how to make the most of unprecedented infrastructure modernization resources and build […]
  • 2022 End of Session Legislative Outcomes: MAPC Priorities and Interest Areas September 15, 2022
    The Massachusetts Legislature wrapped up its 192nd session in the early morning of August 1, and the Governor had 10 days to give final approval or veto those bills sent to his desk. In the closing days of session, the Legislature approved several MAPC's budget and policy priorities, including legislation covering transportation, climate, public health, […]
  • Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament Brings Community Together for the 13th Year August 22, 2022
    Metro Mayors Host 13th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament Annual event brings together law enforcement, youth, community and workers in celebration of a safe summer. EVERETT – Local teens, community-based organization workers and law enforcement officials joined together for the Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament last weekend, in a show of solidarity to support the […]