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Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012
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From left to right: Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray and Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville.

MBA to host April 30 “Gateway Cities” forum in Worcester

Lt. Gov. Murray, Education Secretary Reville among featured speakers

Following the success of its debut forum in Dartmouth on Jan. 26, the Massachusetts Bar Association will host its second Gateway Cities forum in Worcester on Monday, April 30 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Jury Room at the Worcester Trial Court, 225 Main St., Worcester.

Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray and Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville will be featured on a speaking panel comprised of leaders who have long worked with the issues impacting the state's Gateway Cities. Other panelists include:

  • Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor of University of Massachusetts Medical School and senior vice president for Health Sciences for UMass;
  • Massachusetts Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester);
  • Massachusetts Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury);
  • Benjamin Forman, research director, MassINC; and
  • Craig L. Blais, president, Worcester Business Development Corporation.

Following brief presentations from the panel, the remainder of the event will be devoted to an open discussion.

"Like with the first forum, the focus of the Worcester event will be to identify ways in which attorneys can lend their expertise with issues affecting Gateway City communities across Massachusetts," said MBA President Richard P. Campbell, who set Gateway Cities as a prioritized initiative.

Massachusetts' Gateway Cities are those mid-sized cities whose residents are experiencing significantly higher rates of unemployment and a stalemate in social, economic and civic innovation. Some examples are Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester.

Margaret D. Xifaras, who practices in New Bedford, and Francis A. Ford, who practices in Worcester, have led the MBA's Gateway Cities initiative.

Ford will serve as moderator at the April 30 event.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to Gwen Landford at (617) 338-0694 or [e-mail glandford].

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