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Innovating for Growth:
A Gateway Cities Symposium

On October 23, 2013, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative brought together leaders from four Gateway Cities in Massachusetts (Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford and Worcester) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Gateway Park. This event, titled “Innovating for Growth: A Gateway Cities Symposium”, was a full-day of dynamic discussion on how each of these cities are working to grow their Innovation Economy, as well as an exchange of ideas on ways to promote “entrepreneurship for all,” potential challenges to each city's economic future, and ways to overcome those challenges.Innovation for Growth:  A Gateway Cities Symposium report cover featuring photo of Worcester City Hall

The day’s proceedings were documented by the amazing staff at the Urban Initiative at UMass Dartmouth, which generated the report available here. This publication captures the discussion between an innovative policy maker in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and noted entrepreneur Desh Deshpande, focused on the power of entrepreneurship and innovation in Gateway Cities, as well as the importance of public-private partnership.

The report also captures the input of other thought-leaders in attendance, including:

  • Secretary Greg Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development;
  • Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke;
  • Chancellor Marty Meehan of UMass Lowell;
  • Mayor Jon Mitchell of New Bedford; and
  • President Robert Johnson of Becker College.

Secretary Bialecki provides a succinct overview of the importance of this discussion for Gateway Cities and for the Commonwealth overall:

 “Our Gateway Cities can become places where businesses with choices want to locate and where people with choices want to live, work and play. In so doing, they can become economic engines for the regions in which they are located, to the benefit of their residents and of the entire Commonwealth.”

We thank all of the participants who attend the event and contributed to this report.  We look forward to the continued engagement from the many stakeholders across the Commonwealth who are working on behalf of our Gateway Cities.

To read the full report, click on the image above or click here.