Gateway City Mayors and City Managers Unite in Boston for a Legislative Hearing and
Press Conference on the Steps of the Massachusetts State House
On Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Mayors and City Managers of the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities converged on Beacon Hill to testify in a hearing before the State Legislature's Joint Committee on Revenue in support of a bill filed on behalf of these eleven communities by Representative Antonio Cabral of New Bedford and the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus. Immediately following the hearing, the Mayors and City Managers answers questions at a press conference in front of the State House.
House Bill 2702, titled "An Act to Promote Economic Development in Gateway Cities" includes several key economic development policies that reflect the agenda developed by the Gateway Cities Coalition and released during a statewide conference last October at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River.
Gateway Bill Description [PDF]
In making their case, the Mayors and City Managers pointed to the existing structural failures and inefficiencies of current tax incentive programs that were originally designed to encourage companies to invest in cities facing true barriers to development, but that have become so diluted and dispersed among 138 communities across Massachusetts that they now operates to the detriment of Gateway Cities. Moreover, programs such as these require significant reform if they are to become effective in achieving their intended purpose and accomplishing the goal of making strategic use of the state's limited resources. In addition, the Mayors and City Managers pointed to the significant opportunities that the provisions of this bill create to promote the kind of smart growth state leaders have been pushing for over the last several decades. Investments in Gateway Cities that promote the reuse, redevelopment, or remediation of existing structures and sites while protecting open space and undeveloped land from excessive new development will go a long way to helping our Commonwealth achieve its sustainable development principles.
Gateway Cities Compact [PDF]
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