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Thursday, May. 3, 2012
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Top left: Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray. Top right (from left to right): Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville and Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor of University of Massachusetts Medical School and senior vice president for Health Sciences for UMass.
Bottom left (from left to right): Massachusetts Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester) and Massachusetts Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). Bottom right (from left and right): Moore and Craig L. Blais, president, Worcester Business Development Corporation.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

Worcester forum focuses on key issues affecting Gateway communities

The Massachusetts Bar Association hosted its second Gateway Cities forum at the Worcester Trial Court on Monday.

"We are here tonight to answer the question of 'how can Massachusetts Bar attorneys assist with the Gateway Cities in Central Massachusetts,'" said MBA President-elect Robert L. Holloway Jr. before introducing the members of the event's panel.

All leaders who have long worked with the issues most closely affecting the state's Gateway Cities, the panelists included:

  • Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray;
  • Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville;
  • 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 panel presentations, the remainder of the event was devoted to a question and answer session.

The April 30 event followed the success of the MBA's debut forum in Dartmouth earlier this year. Attorney Fran Ford moderated the event. Ford and Margaret Xifaras chair the MBA's Gateway Cities initiative.

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