City and NSCC Invite Lynners to Community Meeting Thursday March 24 at NSCC

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Note: This is not quite the same as MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) and the Downtown Action Strategy meeting on March 5th. The community meeting in the press release below is a part of a Working Cities Challenge Grant.

From NSCC and the City of Lynn –

Lynn residents are invited to share their thoughts on how to improve life for residents in downtown Lynn at a forum hosted by North Shore Community College and the City of Lynn Thursday March 24, from 6:30 to 8 pm. in the cafeteria of the NSCC’s Lynn campus, 300 Broad Street, Lynn, MA.

The meeting is part of an effort by the college and the City to receive a Working Cities Challenge grant, which could bring significant resources into the City.

“It is important for Lynners to attend and express their ideas on how to help improve the educational and career opportunities for their community,” said Dr. Patricia A. Gentile, NSCC President.  Resident input is essential to drafting a major multiyear proposal to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston under the Working Cities Challenge grant program.”

“I look forward to continuing the dialogue with members of the Lynn community to find new ways to spur innovation and revitalization,” said Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “Moving forward, the Working Cities Challenge grant could provide us with invaluable financial and technical assistance, as well as advice from a growing network of community development leaders from across the state, to bring these ideas to fruition.”

All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Spanish interpretation will be provided. Free child care is available by calling Michael Jacoby Brown, 617-645-0226, or by Email:

About the Working Cities Challenge

The Working Cities Challenge, launched in 2013 in Massachusetts, builds on Boston Fed research that identified cross-sector collaboration and leadership as the key ingredients in resurgent smaller cities across the country. As part of the first round in Massachusetts, six Massachusetts cities received $1.8 million in funding for projects to address issues impacting low-income communities. Funding was provided by the state, private sector, and local and national philanthropic organizations, and cities were selected on merit by an independent jury not comprised of Boston Fed representatives. Four of those cities from the first round won multiyear grant awards and continue to make progress expanding their efforts and improving the lives of low-income residents in their communities. The Boston Fed recently announced that the Challenge would expand to Rhode Island in 2016.

For more on the Working Cities Challenge, visit


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