Institute for Local Issues

In recent years, the Partnership has re-established our Institute for Local Issues as part of our work with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development through the state’s Regional Economic Development Organization Program.  The Institute is hosted by the Partnership's program committees, namely:

The Partnership has long recognized the connection between infrastructure and continued economic growth and prosperity in the 495/MetroWest region.  Through our Institute for Local Issues forumswe have provided a service to the region, offering direct interaction with policymakers, and access to information on state and federal programs.

Continuing our series of Institute for Local Issues forums for regional leaders from both the public and private sectors will continue to provide a valuable resource for our region.  The Partnership is pleased to offer this service as part of our mission securing continued economic prosperity of the 495/MetroWest region.  The schedule for this year is already getting busy, for more information on how to participate, please contact the Partnership’s Manager of Policy and Planning Jeremy Thompson.


Combined Committee Meetings

The 495/MetroWest Partnership is committed to keeping you informed on a variety of topics important to our region.  Occasionally this results in pulling together the Partnership's three standing Committees -Energy & Sustainable Development; Transportation; and Water Resources- on topics that relate to all three.

January 24, 2018

Climate Focused Meeting

Keith Bergman, Littleton Town Administrator and the Partnership's Public Sector Vice-Chair, presented a new "Truth in 10" slide show from Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.  Check out the link below for more details...


Fight like your world depends on it










We also heard from Kari Hewitt, Director of Sustainability at VHB, who provided a detailed overview of the Commonwealth's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program.  See link to presentation below.




June 28, 2017

Annual MassWorks Update

Erica Kreuter, Director of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, provided a detailed PRESENTATION on the Program and answered many questions from the attendees representing both the public and private sectors.  

Applications are due between July 24th and August 4th, 2017.  Please see the press release for further details.


November 17, 2016

The Governor's Real Estate Assets Program Director, Abi Vladeck, AICP, made a presentation on the Open for Business program.

Jonathan Berk, Patronicity's Director for the New England Region, made a presentation on MassDevelopment's Commonwealth Places program. 

Ed Starzec, Director of Land Entitlements & Master Planning at MassDevelopment, made a presentation on their new Site Readiness program.


July 14, 2016

MassWorks Infrastructure Program, presented by Erica Kreuter, Director of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED).  MassWorks applications will be accepted between Monday, August 22, and Friday, September 2, 2016.


June 8, 2016

Envision Rating System presented by Kari Hewitt, Director of Sustainability, VHB

Community Compact Initiative presented by:

Sean Cronin, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services, DOR

Juan Vega, Assistant Secretary for Communities & Programs, EOHED

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