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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
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Top (from left to right): UMass School of Law Dean Michael G. Hillinger shares a word with panel moderators Francis A. Ford and Margaret D. Xifaras prior to the Jan. 26 event.

Middle: Research Director Benjamin Forman shared information on MassINC’s research on Gateway Cities to date.

Bottom: Sen. Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield) is flanked by Undersecretary for Business Development Michael Hunter (left) and Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford). Also pictured is Kate Fentress of the Women’s Fund and Education Roundtable.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

MBA hosts forum on Gateway Cities

Well-attended event takes place at UMass School of Law

Members of the legal community, elected officials and other community leaders convened at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth last week for a forum on Gateway Cities.

The Jan. 26 evening event featured a panel of leading voices on Massachusetts' Gateway Cities and drew a crowd of about 60.

Among the featured panelists were Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford) and Sen. Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield), chairs of the Gateway Cities Caucus; Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development's Undersecretary for Business Development Michael Hunter; and MassINC's Research Director Benjamin Forman.

New Bedford attorney Margaret D. Xifaras and Worcester attorney Francis A. Ford moderated the program. Both were chosen by MBA President Richard P. Campbell to lead the association's initiative on Gateway Cities.

Following the forum in Southeastern Massachusetts, the MBA expects to hold comparable forums in Central Massachusetts and other parts of the state in the near future.

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, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester.

Look for full event coverage in the March issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Journal.

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