• State-Wide Economic Development Plan Listening Sessions Slated For June 25

    by  • June 5, 2015 • Events

    Attend one of the State-Wide Economic Development Plan Listening Sessions on June 25th!

    It is key that artists of all disciplines, artists run organizations, and members of the arts, culture, and creative economy sector show up at these listening sessions and share HOW our sector needs to be included in this new economic development plan.

    See MALC’s Governor’s challenge to see some of the many issues that should be included:


    It is important that our sector is visible in these sessions! Register here, show up, and share your ideas!

    See you on the 25th!


    For Immediate Release – June 02, 2015
    Secretary Ash Announces Economic Development Plan Listening Sessions
    State-wide Listen Sessions Will Inform Economic Development Plan

    Boston – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 – Today Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced input and listening sessions in six cities across Massachusetts. The listening sessions will provide businesses and constituents an opportunity to help shape the Commonwealth’s economic development plan.

    “Economic development relies on businesses across Massachusetts hiring new workers and offering raises to experienced hands,” said Secretary Ash. “The best way to find out what they need is to ask them, and listen to their responses. Any economic development plan we write will be grounded in robust public engagement and debate in order to address the core needs of our businesses.”

    Massachusetts law requires the secretary of Housing and Economic Development to draft a comprehensive economic development plan within the first year of a new gubernatorial administration. Secretary Ash has committed to grounding the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development strategy in public dialogue, and in regional opportunities. These regional listening sessions begin a six-month economic development planning process, and serve as a first step in drafting the statutorily-required plan.

    “Working to engage with the regions across Massachusetts offers Housing and Economic Development valuable insight into regional strengths, needs, and priorities,” said Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk. “Figuring out the best way to augment those strengths and build on existing potential will ensure that our plan helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, and job seekers.”

    “The regional directors in the Massachusetts Office of Business Development provide an essential communications line between local businesses and state-wide economic development policy,” said Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham. “Bringing communities and state officials together during the planning process for our economic development plan will help us effectively target regions and sectors across the Commonwealth.”

    The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development will hold listening sessions in Worcester, Quincy, Lynn, West Barnstable, Lowell, and Springfield. The executive office welcomes public participation in these sessions. For more information, visit the Economic Development Plan Listening Tour page.

    Central Region
    Thursday, June 25
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Quinsigamond Community College
    670 W. Boylston St, Worcester

    Greater Boston Region
    Thursday, June 25
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Quincy College
    Lower Level, North Tower – Presidents Place Conference Center
    1250 Hancock St, Quincy

    Northeast Region
    Thursday, June 25
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    North Shore Community College
    300 Broad St, Lynn

    Southeastern Region
    Thursday, June 25
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Cape Cod Community College
    2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable

    Western Merrimack Valley and MetroWest Region
    Thursday, June 25
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Federal Building
    50 Kearney Sq, Lowell

    Western Region
    Thursday, June 25
    12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    UMass Center
    Tower Square
    1500 Main Street, Springfield


    John Weeks is a MALC Steering Committee member committed to social justice for artists. A former staffer at the Mass. State House, he works as a political consultant and a literary publicist. John is an author who studies the finer points of literary technique at Boston's Grub Street.