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Forum to Strategize on Economic Future of Region’s Gateway Cities


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Event Focuses on Connecting Communities to Knowledge Economy
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008
7:45 to 11:30 a.m.

WHAT: Leaders from business, government and education are joining forces for a forum focused on strengthening the connection of the Merrimack Valley to the growing knowledge-based economy. The free event is open to the public.

The event will feature a presentation on the 2007 report “Reconnecting Massachusetts Gateway Cities” ߝ a joint project of the Washington-based Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and MassINC ߝ which found that Greater Boston saw jobs grow 51 percent since 1970, while the state’s traditional mill communities lost 3 percent of its job base.

The event will include an overview of the region’s economy and offer models for improving government and citizenship, preparing students to be college-ready and fostering public-private partnerships for economic development. Expert panels will engage attendees in sessions on how the Merrimack Valley’s gateway cities can rise to meet such challenges.

Presenters and panelists scheduled to participate include:
* Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne Bump;
* MassINC President Greg Torres;
* UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan;
* Northern Essex Community College President David Hartleb;
* Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer:
* Lowell Mayor Bud Caulfield;
* Pedro Arce, president of Veritas Bank in Lawrence;
* UMass Lowell Professor Robert Forrant

This forum is co-sponsored by MassINC, the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, Merrimack Valley Mayors Coalition, Theodore Edson Parker Foundation and UMass Lowell.

WHERE:   Wannalancit Mill Building, MIL Conference Room, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell.

In the event of snow, please call the University’s cancellation hotline at 978-934-2121. If the University is closed, this event will be canceled.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224