ABOUT TEN years ago, MassINC began to focus on what we came to brand the Gateway Cities — regional economic hubs that had been traditional gateways to good wages and the American Dream for immigrants and others. The goal of our focus was to spark the economic revival of these communities. Our work with elected officials, community leaders and business people has begun to bear fruit, and exciting things are happening in these places. We at MassINC are in the business
We at MassINC are in the business of rigorous research and journalism— promotion is not our thing — but something happened on this 10-year journey: we have fallen in love with the Gateway Cities. And so, we are launching Gateways to bear witness to all that is happening here. Gateways will be a cheerleader for the Gateway Cities as places for people to live and thrive, places to raise children, places to start and operate a business, places to visit and explore, and places to be inspired. We want you to be inspired by the stories in this pilot issue. Please share it with your neighbors and colleagues. We hope that you will be moved to help insure that our vision of Gateways as quarterly journal will be realized. Please support Gateways by advertising in or purchasing a subscription. For more information about advertising or subscribing please contact our Managing Editor, Maureen McInerney at 617-224-1625 or email@example.com.
Like everything we do at MassINC, this publication is the product of a hardworking, talented team but one individual carried Gateways from start to finish. Maureen McInerney, MassINC’s Public Affairs Associate took on the role of Gateways managing editor bringing all of her sizable creativity, intelligence and passion to the project. Thank you to the entire team and to Maureen in particular.
Lauren Louison Grogan
Chief Operating Officer, MassINC
MassINC, is a non-profit think tank founded in 1996. MassINC’s non-partisan research is focused on promoting public policy that creates a ladder to the middle class. We are also the publisher of CommonWealth magazine and the parent of a for-profit subsidiary, The MassINC Polling Group. Common- Wealth magazine is a quarterly print journal and a daily online news site. CommonWealth’s long form journalism is dedicated to politics, ideas, and civic life in Massachusetts
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PRESIDENT Gregory Torres
RESEARCH DIRECTOR Ben Forman
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Lauren Louison Grogan
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS Caroline Palmer
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Llyr Johansen
PUBLIC AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE Maureen McInerney
DIGITAL MEDIA ASSOCIATE Aaron Van Leesten
INTERNS Alicia Payne, Mai Pham
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gregory Torres, ex officio
Monica Escobar Lowell
Stephanie Anderson Garrett
William P. McDermott
Mitchell Kertzman, Founding Chairman
John C. Rennie