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Gateway Cities Compact Signing Event

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Gateway Cities Compact Signing


Old State House
Boston, MA
May 19, 2008

On May 19, 2008, the Mayors and City Managers of the Gateway Cities gathered together at the Old State House in Boston to sign an historic document uniting their administrations and communities in a collaborative effort to develop and pursue policies that can work collectively to promote the revitalization of their communities. The event featured a keynote address from Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray who expressed the Patrick-Murray Administration’s support for the Coalition, congratulated the Gateway City chief executives on their commitment to work together, and unveiled the administration’s Brownfields Support Teams Initiative to help urban communities with the redevelopment of contaminated properties. Several members of the state legislature were also in attendance to witness the compact signing and offer support and encouragement to their mayors and city managers.

In addition to unifying these eleven cities, the compact expresses the Coalition's deep desire to work closely with the governor, members of the legislature, and other state officials throughout the process of organizing a final and cohesive set of agenda items.

Together with the Urban Initiative, MassINC, and one another, the Gateway Cities Coalition is working to develop and advocate for an effective urban agenda for the Commonwealth that refocuses the state’s attention and investment upon the needs and the untapped potential of core urban communities that can act as regional engines of economic growth.

Gateway Cities Compact [PDF]

Event Photos


 The Urban Initiative’s Director, Ed Lambert, recently gave the following presentations on Gateway Cities Project, during several recent conferences and events:

The Compact Signing Event In the News

Pittsfield joins 'Gateway' [PDF]
The Berkshire Eagle, May 20, 2008

Gateway cities asking for help[PDF]
Fall River Herald News, May 18, 2008

New Bedford, other 'Gateway Cities' form economic alliance  [PDF]
New Bedford Standard Times, May 20, 2008

Lowell joins the Campagin to Revive Gateway Cities  [PDF]
Lowell Sun, May 20, 2008

11 Mass. 'gateway cities' forge alliance  [PDF]
The Republican, May 19, 2008

Urban Agenda [PDF]
Worcester Telegram, May 18, 2008

Other Links & Information

The Brownfields Support Teams Initiative

The Compact Signing Event by MassINC 

October 3, 2008 Gateway Cities Conference in Fall River