Seventh Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Summit & Awards: Catalyzing Transformative Transit-Oriented Development


November 20, 2019
9:00am - 2:00pm


DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

MassINC's Gateway Cities Innovation Institute will convene once again for our Seventh Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards.

Please join us in Worcester on November 20th for the Seventh Annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Summit & Awards: Catalyzing Transformative Transit-Oriented Development. This year’s theme will explore new opportunities to generate equitable growth by increasing mobility and stimulating reinvestment in Gateway Cities with transit-oriented development (TOD). As leaders on Beacon Hill debate improvements to commuter rail service and strategies to increase development around mixed-use transit hubs, this timely gathering will draw attention to TOD models with transformative potential. The summit will feature conversations on three interrelated themes: mobility, development, and growth.

Morning Keynote: Christopher Coes, Vice President of Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America. Christopher will share his experiences from across LOCUS and Smart Growth America on how to encourage economic growth while ensuring accessibility and social equity.   

Panel 1 | Mobility: Physical mobility affects social and economic mobility. We’ll look at changing social and economic forces and what they mean for transportation hubs in Gateway Cities. We’ll pay particular attention to transit and transportation in regions outside metro Boston, what technological change portends for travel and travel experiences, and policies we can put in place now to advance opportunities for Gateway City residents for generations to come. 

Panel 2 | Development: Land use can make or break the vitality of a city and its region. We will discuss how we move from an age when highways anchored development to the emergence of the rail station area as a locus for vibrant neighborhoods, downtowns, and regional economies. From housing and mixed-use projects to commercial space and industrial facilities, we’ll look at how Gateway Cities can take advantage of real estate opportunities to drive equitable land use and development. 

Panel 3 | Growth: Mobility and land development are just a means for growth of a city’s residents. We’ll explore how infrastructure and real estate lead to more social and economic opportunities for Gateway City residents. We’ll also discuss how new ways of working, rising entrepreneurship, regional and global networks, and other innovations in economic development open new opportunities to grow and build strong and sustainable futures for generations to come. 

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Registration fee: 

Morning Session: Free; Awards Luncheon: $200

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Economic Development


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