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Meeting in Boston about rural economic development

Yesterday, Beth Bandy and Toby Gould met with Jay Ash, Secretary of Economic Development and Matt Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs at 100 Cambridge Avenue in Boston. At Secretary Beaton’s request, we presented several current Rural Commonwealth projects. Along with the Assistant Secretary for the Environment, Dan Sieger, a good conversation ensued showing interest in the work of RC.

Secretary Beaton was particularly interested in the Ag Summit to be held on February 11, 2018 at Mohawk Trail High School. He stated that he would like to listen and hear what folks in agriculture and forestry have to say to government officials. Secretary Ash highlighted the Baker administration’s work in completing the last mile for broadband connectivity in western Massachusetts. Assistant Secretary Sieger responded to RC’s proposed Eight Town Center for Economic Development with questions about how the center will impact local forest and farm interests.

Both Beth and Toby responded with their ideas for a flexible space that will open the area to new economic possibilities. Rural Commonwealth looks forward to continuing this dialogue.

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