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City in Spotlight at Urban Forum

By Lowell Sun

UMass Lowell hosted the Innovative Cities Conference with guests from Northern Ireland, Ann Arbor, Mich., Asheville, N.C., Milwaukee, Wis., and Portland, Ore. Attendees were impressed by the renovation of the mills throughout the city.

Chancellor Marty Meehan discussed the impact of higher education institutions has had on Lowell.

"It's now time to merge the heart of the city with its higher-education institutions," Meehan said, adding that industries will come and go based on business cycles. "Companies will start up and move. But higher education is constant. We are the anchor. With higher education and education as a whole in the lead, Lowell has an opportunity to transcend the boom-and-bust phenomenon that has plagued its economic history. We are here to stay."

Read the entire story about the Innovative Cities Conference.