Events

Opening the Gates of Opportunity: Realizing the Potential of Gateway Cities in Massachusetts

Friday, April 18, 2014

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Harvard Graduate School of Design


Gateway Cities are midsize urban centers in Massachusetts facing stubborn social and economic challenges, but with many assets that have unrealized potential. Our half-day event, Opening the Gates of Opportunity: Realizing the Potential of Gateway Cities, will bring together community leaders, public officials, policymakers, faculty and students to exchange ideas and information about workable solutions for cities and local economies. The agenda will feature speakers who represent a cross-section of new ideas for revitalizing our cities and neighborhoods. Out of these discussions we hope to capture innovative, cross-sector, collaborative ideas and models that will feed into the work that is being done by students and faculty in urban planning.

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Sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Co-sponsored by the Boston Area Research Initiative, CHAPA (Citizens' Housing and Planning Association), MACDC (Massachusetts Association or Community Development Corporations), MassInc, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and Taubman Center for State and Local Government

Ending the Zero-Sum Game: Regionalizing Economic Development

Monday, April 28, 2014

8:00 am
Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston


Joe Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville
John Barros, Chief, City of Boston Economic Development Cabinet
Edward Glaeser, Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University and Director, Rappaport Institute and Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Moderated by Shirley Yeung, Business Columnist, Boston Globe

The economy of Greater Boston has tremendous strengths and attracts businesses from around the world. Yet there is very little coordination of resources and activities around economic development among the municipalities that make up Greater Boston. In fact, many times they compete against each other for relocating firms. What would regional economic development look like and what structure would make it viable and durable?

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Co-sponsored by Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.

Has CitiStat Worked in Greater Boston

Thursday, June 5, 2014

8:30 am
UMass Campus Ballroom, UMass Boston, Boston

Building on a 2003 Rappaport Institute policy brief that asked the above question, this forum will examine how Citistat has been implemented in both small and large communities in Greater Boston. The discussion will seek to draw lessons from the experience of different communities and provide a framework for deepening and broadening the use of performance management in municipalities.

Co-sponsored by Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.

Learning from Lawrence: Strategies for Turnaround Schools

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5:30 pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge

Josh Goodman, Harvard Kennedy School
Beth Scheuler, Harvard Graduate School of Education

In 2011, Massachusetts took over the Lawrence Public Schools. The state instituted a variety of reforms, including Acceleration Academies, reassignment of teachers, and new district leadership. As the state examines the possibility of school and district turnarounds, what lessons can be learned from the Lawrence experience. Have the reforms worked? Which reforms appear to be more effective?

Co-sponsored by Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Collins Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.

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