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MAPC Fights Youth Violence with Basketball

July 29, 2015 – 9:54 am |

There are few things that go together quite as well as basketball and summertime – clean feet and warm socks, nothing to do and Sunday afternoons, and, of course, MAPC and regional collaboration. Given this …

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MAPC Fights Youth Violence with Basketball

July 29, 2015 – 9:54 am |

There are few things that go together quite as well as basketball and summertime – clean feet and warm socks, nothing to do and Sunday afternoons, and, of course, MAPC and regional collaboration. Given this complementary power, it’s no surprise the Metro Mayors Basketball Tournament is always such a success. Organized by MAPC, the event brings together law enforcement officials, youth service workers, and local teens for a day of friendly competition, including three-point and dance contests in addition to the five-on-five tournament.


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The seventh annual tournament was held this past Saturday, July 25, at Trum Field in Somerville, with teams coming from Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. Revere and Everett each won their respective divisions, and Malden was victorious in the three-point contest. Everyone seemed to win during the dance competition, including the audience, and participants were rewarded with both applause and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.

 

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The tournament is hosted every year by the Metro Mayors Coalition, an innovative group of 14 mayors and municipal managers that work together to find common solutions to shared problems in the Greater Boston Region. Established in 2001 with the help of MAPC, the coalition illustrates the benefit of inter-local cooperation.

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Recognizing that the problem of youth and gang violence is not constrained by municipal boundaries, the coalition created the Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative in 2006. Shannon Grants, named after the late Senator Charlie Shannon, provide funding to law enforcement and non-profit organizations working collaboratively to find comprehensive solutions to youth and gang violence.

 

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You can find more information about the Metro Mayors Coalition here and more information about the Shannon Grant here.

 

MAPC’s Daily Notifications Help Municipalities Reduce Electricity Bills

July 27, 2015 – 4:27 pm |

This summer, MAPC is piloting a notification program that can help municipalities save big on their electricity accounts by reducing capacity charges. Capacity charges can constitute as much as 20-30% of municipal electricity costs, and …

Boston Greenbelt Walk

June 16, 2015 – 1:15 pm |

Over 40 participants joined MAPC and the Free Walkers, a long-distance walking group, for a walk along part of the Boston Greenbelt Trail. The Trail is a proposed 90-mile walking trail circling Boston that would …

Putting Legacy First: Planning for the Boston 2024 Olympics

June 9, 2015 – 10:55 am |

Quick links: Executive Summary, Full Report
Boston’s Olympic bid has the potential to shape the region for years to come. Our new report, issued jointly with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, urges …

Metro Mayors Commit to Climate Change Preparedness

May 20, 2015 – 4:27 pm |

On May 13, 2015, MAPC hosted an unprecedented Climate Preparedness Summit at UMass Boston in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Martin Walsh. The historic event convened the mayors and managers of the …

Staying (stair)well

April 17, 2015 – 2:39 pm |

In a fierce, bareknuckle clash of the titans, MAPC competed last week to see which floor could climb the most stairs. Honor was at stake. So was a Top Banana trophy.
Losing. Was. Not. An. Option.
The …

“The Spirit of Massachusetts”

March 31, 2015 – 9:38 am |

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is known for many things; our universities, sports teams, even our unique driving style. Occasionally, the state will adopt an emblem as an official state symbol. For example, we have an …

Nine Years of Community Safety

March 24, 2015 – 12:24 pm |

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on …

Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

March 12, 2015 – 9:49 am |

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter.
Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston …

Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

February 17, 2015 – 11:24 am |
Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of …

MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

February 11, 2015 – 2:53 pm |

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and …