Report title: Innovating for Growth: a Gateway Cities Symposium

Author(s): Colleen Dawicki, Michael P. McCarthy, & Katya Starostina

Report date: March 2014

Sponsor: Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and The Innovation Institute at the MassTech Collaborative

Services: technical assistance

Issue areas: Gateway Cities, economic development

Summary: The Urban Initiative documented the proceedings of an October 2013 event aimed at fostering a conversation on how Massachusetts Gateway Cities can grow their innovation economies. The event showcased four Massachusetts Gateway Cities—Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford, and Worcester—that have begun to transform into centers for innovation and entrepreneurship in part through effective collaborations between state and local governments, the private sector, and non-profit organizations in their communities. Joining EOHED Secretary Bialecki and representatives from those cities were Governor Deval Patrick and Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, the technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist who co-founded the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, which fosters collaboration between entrepreneurs and innovators in order to grow the economies and improve the quality of life in Lowell and Lawrence.

Report link: Innovating_for_Growth