Neighborhood Innovation District Committee

Listening Tours

Thursday, November 13th
8:30-10:00am - Locations TBD, Codman Square, Dorchester
12:00-1:30pm - Library, Charlestown

Steve Poftak, Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, will be available to hear thoughts on Mayor Walsh's Neighborhood Innovation District Committee.

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Urban Economic Development: Case Study on Economic Development in City Government

Tuesday, November 18th
11:40am - 1:00pm - Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building 4th Floor

"Policy Making in an Urban Setting" with special guest Mayor Domenic Sarno, Springfield, MA.

• A case study in American legacy cities that have lost their manufacturing base and are now rebuilding.
• Springfield is the fourth largest city in New England and served an important role in America's industrial birth.
• Mayor Sarno will lay out the city's approach to economic development, including casinos, small business creation and retention, poverty reduction, and infrastructure growth.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes...)

Wednesday, November 19
Location: Allison Dining Room
Taubman Building, 5th Floor

Antonio Gomez de Menezes, former CEO of SATA Airlines Group

During his 7 year tenure at SATA, the airline was awarded airline of the year. The announcement of the award cited Antonio as an "inspiration in leading an airline with a limited home market into a position in which it earned the respect of a panel of senior statesmen of the air transport industry such that the panel judged it to be a well-deserved winner of an Airline of the Year Award in 2011.” Join us for a discussion of the challenges and success strategies for the airline industry.

Antonio is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Azores and holds a Masters and Ph.D. in economics from Boston College. He earned his BS in economics from the New University of Lisbon. He also serves on the Board of Directors of EuroAtlantic Airways.

Please direct any questions about the event to John Foote,

This event is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

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Understanding and Improving Cities

Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age
Friday, December 12
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

"Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age" will bring together civic leaders, scholars, local practitioners, and students to discuss current and future research and policy collaborations. The event will feature panel discussions in which scholars and officials discuss work being done in Boston and other locales on education, public safety, economic development, and public management, including several initiatives that are using new data sources in novel ways. Conference participants will also have opportunities to explore new partnerships in small-scale conversations. The day’s program will conclude with remarks and discussion with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, whose administration is committed to making Boston’s data more accessible and using that data to improve the lives of citizens.

Registration is required.

For additional information about the conference, contact David Luberoff, Senior Project Advisor at the Boston Area Research Initiative, or Steve Poftak, Executive Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

The event has been organized and sponsored by:
The Boston Area Research Initiative
The City of Boston
The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Major funding for the conference has been provided by:
The Boston Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The National Science Foundation
The Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Additional support has come from:
The Initiative on Cities at Boston University
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The NULab, Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, and Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities
The Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School

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