1. Western Mass. officials meet to discuss new MassINC report on transformative developments in Gateway Cities

    Western Mass. officials meet to discuss new MassINC report on transformative developments in Gateway Cities

    A panel of economic development leaders representing the Pioneer Valley's urban core of Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield and Holyoke came together last week to discuss a recent report issued by MassINC's Gateway City Innovation Institute on Transformative Development. The report - Rebuilding Renewal: An Analysis of State Investment in Gateway Cities and a Work Plan for Delivering Transformative Development – was co-authored by Northampton resident Dan Hodge, principal of Hodge Economic Consulting, who presented its findings to a packed room at Make-It Springfield on Worthington Street. The full report is embedded below.

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    1. Despite increased levels of investment and programs aimed at Gateway Cities like Springfield and Holyoke, we are still not seeing a recovery in real estate values and the number of building permits being pulled in those communities to their pre-recession levels.
    2. Our urban centers have transformed over the past few decades and we as government leaders have to look at ways where public-private partnerships can spur new investments and opportunities.
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