Collaboration and Leadership in Smaller Industrial Cities

July 13, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tilton Hall, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Richard Walker, Senior Vice President, Public and Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Jim Gomes, Director, Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University

Morning Keynote:

Eric Rosengren, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Framing the Conversation: Lessons Learned from Resurgent Cities

Yolanda Kodrzycki, Vice President and Director, New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Author of Reinvigorating Springfield's Economy: Lessons from Resurgent Cities

A Vision for Smaller Industrial Cities:

Nishith Acharya, Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation
Dora Robinson, President and CEO, United Way of Pioneer Valley
Jim Stergios, Executive Director, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
Kirk A. Sykes, President, Urban Strategy America Fund

Moderated by John Schneider, Executive Vice President, MassINC

The Political Challenges: Creating Inclusive Cities from the Top:

Ramon Borges-Mendez, Associate Professor, Clark University
Pedro Segarra, Mayor, City of Hartford, CT
Lisa Wong, Mayor, City of Fitchburg, MA
Orson Watson, Advisor, Community Revitalization Program, The Garfield Foundation
Moderated by David Luberoff, Executive Director, The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Lunch Keynote:

Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; and Author of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

The Fiscal Challenges: Operating in a Resource-Constrained Environment:
Bo Zhao, Senior Economist - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Rep. Antonio Cabral, City of New Bedford, MA
Stephanie Hirsch, Associate at Collins Center for Public Management, UMass Boston and Director of SomerPromise in Somerville, MA
Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager, City of Worcester, MA
Moderated by Leslie Kirwan, Dean for Administration and Finance, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The Community and Economic Development Challenges: Improving Opportunities for All:

Barry Bluestone, Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
David Panagore, COO and Director of Development, City of Hartford, CT
Jessica Andors, Co-Executive Director, Lawrence Community Works
Jennifer Murphy, Assistant Secretary for Gateway Cities, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Affairs
Moderated by George Gendron, Former Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, Clark University

Closing Remarks and Next Steps:
Richard Walker, Senior Vice President, Public and Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston