DOWNING CELEBRATES OPENING OF GATEWAY CITIES INNOVATION INSTITUTE
Boston – Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) yesterday applauded the opening of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, a new center dedicated to providing research and tools to promote Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth.
Gateway Cities, like Pittsfield, are mid-size cities that have traditionally served as gateways to the middle class but struggle today to move beyond their industrial pasts. In the legislature, Gateway Cities are represented by the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus, co-chaired by Sen. Downing and Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford). This year the Caucus successfully passed a new education grant, available to schools in Gateway Cities, pressed for Historic Rehabilitation tax credits for the types of buildings often concentrated in Gateway Cities, and initiated a conversation to ensure that the transportation needs of Gateway Cities are met as the Patrick Administration drafts a new statewide transportation plan.
“Our Gateway Cities are full of promise and potential. If we want to grow jobs in these communities, we need new strategies and tools,” said Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield), Senate Chairman of the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus. “The creation of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute will help develop the policies and partnerships necessary for our Gateway Cities to thrive. I know the entire Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus welcomes the Institute and looks forward to working together.”
The new Gateway Cities Innovation Institute will provide research and tools for Gateway Cities to advance their goals and the Institute will recruit leaders from these cities to serve as fellows—community leaders who are experts in matters that are important to Gateway Cities, like education, housing and job development—to advise the Institute’s staff and share solutions with state and local officials.
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