On Thursday, September 30, MassINC hosted the ninth annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Awards and Summit. During this year’s annual event, we focused on how Gateway Cities are fully leveraging planned federal infrastructure investments to grow businesses owned by people of color and build stronger regional economies. .

The data collected by MassINC underscores the need to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity. Business start-ups have been on the decline for decades. And while entrepreneurs of color are launching an increasing number of new businesses, all too often they lack the access to the networks, capital and markets their businesses will need to grow and prosper. A panel of expert leaders, including Shirley Leung of Boston Globe, Dan Rivera of MassDevelopment, JC Burton of Maven Construction, Kenan Bigby of Trinity Financial and New York Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson, shared strategies to help entrepreneurs of color overcome these obstacles with the generational opportunity presented by ARPA federal funds and future infrastructure investments.

In addition to this substantive policy discussion, we recognized and celebrated the following leaders for their commitment to the equitable growth and renewal of Gateway City:

  • Congressman Richie Neal– Prize of the champion of the gateway cities
  • Mayor Thomas M. McGee– Mayor Bill Carpenter’s Award for Excellence in Gateway City Leadership
  • Dr Tracy Corley– Prize of the champion of the gateway cities
  • Frank Carvalho– Gateway cities innovation award
  • Samalid Hogan– Gateway cities innovation award
  • Fred taylor– Gateway cities innovation award
  • Anne Burke– Gateway cities innovation award

You can see the full event below, including powerful tributes to this year’s winners.

Watch the event recording


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