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Choosing to Collaborate: Regional & State Resources for Economic Development (Northampton)

October 25, 2012 – Smith College, Northampton

WELCOME
— David Narkewicz – Mayor, City of Northampton
— Marty Jones – President and CEO, MassDevelopment

A REPORT CARD ON MANUFACTURING IN MASSACHUSETTS
Barry Bluestone – Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University

PIONEER VALLEY UPDATE
Allan Blair – President, Western MA Economic Development Council

BERKSHIRES UPDATE
Michael Supranowicz – Vice President, 1Berkshire

REGIONAL INITIATIVES: BROADBAND, SCENIC BY-WAYS, AND RAIL
Moderator: Linda Dunlavy – Executive Director, FRCOG
Diane Pearlman – Executive Director, Berkshire Film and Media Commission
Maureen Mullaney – Transportation & GIS Program Manager, FRCOG
Tim Brennan – Executive Director, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR CITIES AND TOWNS
Barry Bluestone – Dean of the School of Public Policy, Northeastern University
Brian Connors – Deputy Director, Economic Development, City of Springfield

PLACES ON THE MOVE: FOUR SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
Moderator: Richard Henderson – EVP, Real Estate, MassDevelopment
— David Narkewicz – Mayor, City of Northampton
— William Martin – Mayor, Town of Greenfield
— Kevin Kennedy – Chief Development Officer, City of Springfield
— Alex Morse – Mayor, City of Holyoke

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Victoria Maguire – Director, Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office
Mike Vedovelli – Senior Regional Director, MOBD

TECHNOLOGY, CLUSTERS, AND THE CREATIVE ECONOMY AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR WESTERN MASS
Kevin Hively – President, Ninigret Partners

CLOSING REMARKS
— Marty Jones – President and CEO, MassDevelopment

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