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Celebrating immigrant entrepreneurs


As a tribute to Massachusetts' Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month (October 14-November 14), the City of Lowell's Economic Development Office has been featuring an immigrant entrepreneur every day on their Facebook page, celebrating the people who continue to find opportunities for growth and enrichment that benefit the entire local community. The city is also developing a series of videos representing a wide range of businesses located in Lowell, including one featuring the city's immigrant-owned businesses.

 

The City of Malden, too, has been highlighting local immigrant businesses on its website as well as on social media portals such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Mayor Christenson featured an immigrant business in his monthly electronic newsletter for Malden residents and businesses. In addition, the "Dine in Malden" advertising campaign on the T promotes the city's many diverse restaurants and great ethnic food.

 

In the past few decades, Massachusetts Gateway Cities have seen the largest influx of immigrants since the early 1900s. Those arriving in the first wave filled the great factories of our industrial cities, from Fall River up to Haverhill and out to Pittsfield. In these same Gateway Cities today, immigrants find far fewer opportunities to earn family-sustaining wages. Yet they have a similar appetite for risk and reward, traits leading new immigrants into entrepreneurship at increasingly higher rates. This entrepreneurial energy is providing a beneficial injection for the economies of Gateway Cities and their regions.

 

Immigrant entrepreneurship stands to add vibrancy to Gateway City downtowns and add to these cities' unique authentic culture, as well as providing a road into the middle class for our newcomers. Please join me in commemorating Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month. Gateway Cities have every reason to celebrate and support immigrant entrepreneurship.

 

Marcia Drew Hohn

Director, Immigrant Learning Center

Public Education Institute

 

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Lowell gets a new makerspace launched by three graduates of the Sandbox Leadership Institute.

 

The Pittsfield Municipal Airport's 15-year-long expansion project is finally over, making what was once considered a "backwoods airstrip" into a safer avenue for commercial use that city officials hope will help boost local economic development.

 

Governor Patrick has signed Senator Eileen Donoghue's bill creating a special commission to study the possibility and cost of hosting the 2024 summer Olympic games in Massachusetts. 

 

Leaders from the US offshore wind industry, including representatives from Cape Wind, Deepwater Wind, Fishermen's Energy, Siemens, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center joined Congressman William Keating and mayor John Mitchell for a discussion at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. 

 

The New Bedford Economic Development Council releases its 2013 Annual Report.

 

The new owner of the Salem Harbor Station power plant signs a $200 million contract with General Electric to replace the existing coal-burning equipment with gas-burning equipment, the Gloucester Times reports.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Gov. Deval Patrick goes to Metro West and discusses some improvements to the Mass Pike as well as bigger projects like South Coast Rail, leading the The MetroWest Daily News to ask when regional transportation equity is going to come to the region. In a meeting with southeastern Massachusetts public and business officials, Gov. Patrick reaffirmed his support for South Coast Rail but, despite prodding, provided few details about funding for the project.

 

EDUCATION

 

Two Westfield High Schools sent students to Westfield State University to participate in Biotech Futures, a career exploration event featuring science demonstrations and laboratory projects. The program aims to increase interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

 

The state announces it is taking over four underperforming schools in Boston, Holyoke, and New Bedford.

 

The Sentinel & Gazette reports on gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone's call for stronger schools.

 

GOVERNANCE

 

By a margin of more than 2-1, Quincy voters approved a ballot question to change the length of term for the mayor from two years to four beginning with the next election. Quincy becomes the latest city to extend mayoral terms, a trend CommonWealth highlighted earlier this year.

 

POLITICS

 

It's probably old news to readers by now, but here's a roundup on Gateway City mayors races: Bill Carpenter edges out mayor Linda Balzotti in a close Brockton election. Separated by a mere 56 votes, Balzotti requests a recount but asks supporters to help with the transition to a new mayor. Fall River mayor Will Flanagan easily won his third term in office taking over 60 percent of the votes over challenger Joseph Carvalho. In one of the most disputed and well followed races, City Councilor Daniel Rivera barely beat out mayor William Lantigua in Lawrence. Early counts show that Rivera won by only 60 votes. In Lynn, Judith Flanagan Kennedy defeated Timothy Phelan for her second mayoral term. Four years ago, Kennedy became the first female mayor of Lynn. Carlo DeMaria won his fourth term as mayor in an energized Everett Tuesday night where there has been excitement about the potential to bring in a new casino. Holyoke voters reelected mayor Alex Morse to a second term by a 55-45 margin over newcomer Jeffrey Stanek.

 

Three women, all first-time candidates, win seats on the Salem City Council, the Salem News reports.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

The Lowell Police Department held their first gun buy-back on Sunday, aimed at getting unwanted, unused guns out of the homes and hands of people who don't want them. The department collected over 30 guns in an hour and a half.

 

Lawrence receives a $920,000 state grant to hire new police officers.

 

CASINOS

 

KG Urban Enterprises is hoping to build a casino at the site of an abandoned power plant on the New Bedford waterfront.

 

MGM is confident that it will pass the "suitability" test in its quest for a Springfield casino.

 

COMMUNITIES/PEOPLE

 

The Mill Cities Leadership Institute at Lawrence Community Works announces the Class of 2014. 

  

  


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