The Highland Street Foundation's 11th annual Free Fun…
Highland Street Foundation offers Free Fun Fridays at Massachusetts Cultural Venues This Summer
The Highland Street Foundation‘s 11th annual Free Fun Fridays program this summer offers visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. The program runs from June 28 to August 30, 2019. Created in 2009, Free Fun Fridays is designed to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. The program offers a great way for visitors and residents alike to appreciate all that Massachusetts has to offer in the summer. The program attracted 153,000 visitors in 2018 and has welcomed a total of 1.3 million people since 2009, according to Highland Street Foundation. June 28 • Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston • Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester • Clark Art Institute, Williamstown • MIT Museum, Cambridge • Nichols House Museum, Boston • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth • The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox • Wenham Museum, Wenham • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester July 5 • Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis • Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield • Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth • Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth • Children’s Museum, Easton • Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port • Jacob’s Pillow, Becket • Museum of Printing, Haverhill • The Old Manse, Trustees, Concord • The Telephone Museum, Waltham July 12 • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston • The Hall at Patriot Place, Foxborough • Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Fall River • Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester • New England Quilt Museum, Lowell • Smith College of Art, Northampton • Springfield Museums, Springfield • Charles River Watershed Association, Weston • Chesterwood, Stockbridge • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington July 19 • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston • Arnold Arboretum, Boston • Battleship Cove, Fall River • Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem • Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst • New England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston • Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Weston July 26 • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Boston • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis • Commonwealth Museum, Boston • Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline • The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley • Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, Lenox • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston • Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg • Historic Deerfield, Deerfield August 2 • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston • Old State House, Boston • Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Lenox • Chatham Shark Center, Chatham • Children’s Museum of Holyoke, Holyoke • Concord Museum, Concord • International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke • Lynn Museum, Lynn • Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton • Naumkeag, The Trustees, Stockbridge August 9 • Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, Boston • Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley • Gore Place, Waltham • Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield • JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis • New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford • Old Colony History Museum, Taunton • Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester • Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston • The Greenway Carousel, Boston August 16 • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston • USS Constitution Museum, Boston • Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge • Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit • Discovery Museums, Acton • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Cambridge • Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown • Paragon Carousel, Hull • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees, Harvard August 23 • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield • Boston Athenaeum, Boston • Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford • Emily Dickenson Museum, Amherst • The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium, Boston • Fort Devens Museum, Devens • Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston • Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich • Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket August 30 • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge • EcoTarium, Worcester • Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro • MASS MoCA, North Adams • Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster • Museum of the First Corps of Cadets, Boston • Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull • Osterville Historical Museum, Osterville For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Economic Development Planning Council
Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito swore in members of the Economic Development Planning Council, which will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Governor Baker by the end of the year. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy will serve as co-chairs of the council. The new council brings a diversity of experience and perspective, including representation from every region of the Commonwealth. The council includes appointees of the House, Senate, relevant Executive Secretariats, and municipal leaders, along with small business owners and entrepreneurs, leaders from key business sectors and higher education. Governor Baker said, “Our administration values the unique insight the members of the Economic Development Planning Council will bring under Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy’s leadership to continue propelling Massachusetts’ economy forward. We remain committed to empowering local communities with the tools and funding needed to succeed and I look forward to reviewing the Council’s recommendations.” Lieutenant Governor Polito, co-chair of the Economic Development Planning Council said, “I am honored to co-chair this essential process, and work with the exceptional and talented individuals appointed to the Council. With Council members hailing from the Berkshires to the Cape, representing industries ranging from healthcare to financial services to manufacturing, from entrepreneurial ventures to large established companies, the composition of this Council will ensure Massachusetts benefits from a diversity of perspectives.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Kennealy, co-chair of the Economic Development Planning Council, said, “We are proud of the unprecedented strength of the Commonwealth’s economy, and are committed to ensuring all residents can share in continued economic growth. This Council will embark on a robust planning process, engaging stakeholders across the state for valuable input on ways we enhance our partnership with local communities, educational institutions and training organizations, and businesses. I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders across the state, and am pleased to co-chair this council with Lt. Governor Polito.” The council and process are guided by Section 16G of Chapter 6A of the Massachusetts General Laws, which requires a new economic development plan formulated and signed by the governor within the first year of a new administration. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy, the council will embark on regional engagement sessions across the state to obtain public input in the development of a new economic development plan, which the council will approve and present to Governor Baker to guide economic policy over the next four years. Additional details on the regional engagement sessions, including session registration, are available online. At the onset of the Baker-Polito Administration’s first term in 2015, a similar process resulted in the plan entitled “Opportunities For All.” This plan formed the basis for the Administration’s economic development policy and led to the filing of economic development legislation in 2016 and 2018. Together with the Legislature, the resulting bills signed by Governor Baker collectively authorized more than $2 billion toward growing the economy and promoting regional equity within Massachusetts. The Administration’s economic development programs include the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to fund public infrastructure projects the drive job and housing growth, the Site Readiness and Brownfields programs, to enable communities to leverage underutilized sites and prepare them to be shovel-ready for development, the Collaborative Workspace program to empower local entrepreneurship and innovation and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support cutting-edge research and development. The 2018 legislation authorized funding for the first ever standalone Dredging Program for our coastal communities, which supplements extensive funding for the Seaport Economic Council, which the Administration reconstituted in 2015. Since 2015, the Administration has invested $1.5 billion in grants in over 300 communities, spurring the addition of thousands of jobs and housing across the Commonwealth. Economic Development Planning Council Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Council Co-chair Secretary Mike Kennealy, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Council Co-chair Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Pat Begrowicz, Owner and President, Onyx Specialty Papers Stephen Boyd, CEO, Boyd Technologies Cheri Butts, Associate Director, R&D, Biogen David Crouch, Founder and Owner, Ten24 Carlos DaCunha, Senior VP & Chief Lending Officer, St. Anne’s Credit Union Mayor Kim Driscoll, City of Salem Pamela Everhart, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Brian Fairbank, Chairman, The Fairbank Group Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, 5th Essex District Leslie Gould, Executive Director, Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce Leslie Greis, Owner and Director, Kinefac Corp. Secretary Michael J. Heffernan, Executive Office of Administration and Finance Judy Herrell, Owner and CEO, Herrell’s Ice Cream Karl Hetzler, President, H&S Tool and Engineering Wendy Hudson, Co-Founder, Cisco Brewing Michael Lauf, President and CEO, Cape Cod Health Care Senator Eric Lesser, 1st Hampden and Hampshire District David Lucchino, Co-founder, President and CEO, Frequency Therapeutics Sal Lupoli, CEO, Lupoli Companies Marcos Marrero, Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Holyoke Dani Monroe, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Partners HealthCare Derek Oliver, Director, Government and Industry Affairs, Wayfair Luis Pedraja, President, Quinsigamond Community College Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Executive Office of Transportation Pam Randhawa, Founder and CEO, Empiriko Dan Rea, Executive VP, Real Estate Development, Pawtucket Red Sox Jody Rose, President, New England Venture Capital Association Roben Salinas, Founder, President and CEO, Parsagen Diagnostics Dorothy Savarese, President, Cape Cod Five Bank Secretary Katie Theoharides, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Todd Trapp, Chief Financial Officer, Abiomed Jean VanderGheynst, Dean, UMass Dartmouth Robin Ward, Secretary, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association, Mid-Cape Home Centers
Economic Development Engagement Sessions Taking Place Across Massachusetts, May 15 – June 13
Join Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, along with municipal officials, legislators, and community and business leaders, for a regional engagement session to inform the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development strategy for the next four years. The sessions are taking place in regions across the Commonwealth, including May 15/ North East / Salem May 16/ Pioneer Valley / Springfield May 21/ Merrimack Valley/ Lowell May 23/ South East/ Dartmouth May 28/ Greater Boston / Roxbury May 30/ Central Mass / Worcester June 4/ Berkshire County / North Adams June 13/ Cape & Islands / Chatham Find more details and registration information here. These engagement sessions offer an opportunity to connect with local economic development leaders on their priorities as the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) writes a new economic development plan to be signed by the Governor at the end of this year. The new economic development strategy will guide the administration’s legislative agenda. For questions, please contact Molly Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org. if you wish to attend sessions in more than one region, you will need to register for each separately.
Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month in Massachusetts
Artists in Arita, Japan. Birdcage vase, about 1700, Porcelain, lacquer, iron, gold, and paper.© Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Mark Sexton. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month across the United States, a time to celebrate the rich communities that contribute so much to the United States, and to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the Asian-American population in Massachusetts is 448,000, representing 6.6% of residents, with significant numbers in Quincy, Lowell, Malden, Lexington, Brookline, Cambridge, Burlington and Boston. Massachusetts also has strong business, educational and travel connections with Asian Pacific nations. Boston’s Logan International Airport has direct flights between Boston and Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul. A number of events and activities celebrating the Asian Pacific American community are taking place in Massachusetts. On February 1, Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn filed a “Resolution Recognizing the Contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and held a reception for local Asian-Americans at Boston City Council chambers. On May 7, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh held a celebration at Boston City Hall “to joyously recognize the many contributions—historically and in present day—that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to Boston, from enriching the city through food, arts, and culture, to energizing our philanthropic and civic spirit.” Part of City Hall’s celebration is an exhibit entitled First Transcontinental Railroad across North America, a 7-panel exhibit highlighting the sacrifices made by Chinese migrant workers in their instrumental efforts to build America’s railroad system, allowing the nation’s commerce to flourish. On Thursday, May 9, WGBH hosts its annual Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at WGBH Studios in Brighton. It features a live interview with the first-ever Asian American US Cabinet Secretary, Norman Mineta, featured in the PBS documentary, Norman Mineta and his Legacy: An American Story, airing Mon, May 20. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem has one of the foremost collections of Asian art in North America. Among its exhibits: Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global features PEM’s celebrated Japanese export art collection, from the arrival of Portuguese merchants in the 1500s through Japan’s emergence on the world stage in the late 19th century and beyond. It runs through January 2021. In June, PEM opens a new exhibit, Kimsooja: Archive of Mind, an installation on the works of South Korean, multi-disciplinary conceptual artist Kimsooja. It runs through January 2020. On May 29, the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) presents Short Waves: Stories Shaping our Community, with locally made, community-driven films. According to the US Library of Congress, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is designed to not only celebrate the Asian continent, but also the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Massachusetts has an Asian-American Commission, a permanent body that works to recognize and highlight the vital contributions of Asian Americans to the social, cultural and political life of the Commonwealth.
Travel Matters is the Theme of National Tourism Week, May 5-11, 2019
National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11, celebrates the role of tourism, considered one of the most significant and vibrant industries in the United States. Travel Matters is the theme of this year’s campaign, According to a press release issued by Brand USA, “the tourism industry continues to benefit the nation’s citizenry in communities – large and small – throughout the USA. It provides an influx of revenue and prosperity, while building and fortifying the appeal of communities everywhere.” In 2018, travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy, supporting 15.7 million American jobs, according to the U.S. Travel Association. In Massachusetts, nearly 29 million visitors spent $22.9 billion in 2017, supporting 149,400 jobs and generating $1.5 billion in state and local taxes and $2.1 billion in federal taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. International visitation to Massachusetts grew by 5.7% in 2017, thanks to the Commonwealth’s tourism assets, innovation economy and world-class educational and research centers. Boston Logan International Airport has developed as a hub for domestic and international travels. Currently there are 58 international destinations served by 33 airlines, and 76 domestic destinations served by 13 airlines, according to Massport. These include flights to Asia, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, the Worcester Regional Airport in Central Massachusetts continues to grow, with five daily departures to four destinations including New York, Philadelphia Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, with a flight to Detroit starting in August. Together, these flights offer connections to over 120 destinations worldwide. For details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Celebrate National Park Week in Massachusetts, April 20-28
Annisquam Lighthouse at the Essex National Heritage Area National Park Week is celebrated across the United States from April 20-28, 2019, paying homage to one of America’s greatest natural resources. In 2017, 331 million park visitors spent an estimated $18.2 billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands across the country. These expenditures supported a total of 306,000 jobs, $11.9 billion in labor income, $20.3 billion in value added, and $35.8 billion in economic output in the national economy, according to the National Park Service. Massachusetts is proud of its national parks, historical sites, seashores, heritage areas and national scenic trails spread across the Commonwealth. These parks offer incredible opportunities to experience our state’s history and heritage, natural resources and the environment, maritime and industrial heritage as well as important political, literary and cultural figures ranging from John F. Kennedy and John Adams to Henry Longfellow and Frederick Law Olmsted. In 2017, visitors to Massachusetts national parks spent $539 million and attracted 10,376,681 visitors, according to National Park Service records. Here are fee-free days throughout the year during which visitors can enjoy national parks for free: April 20, 2019 (the first day of National Park Week) August 25, 2019 (the National Park Service’s birthday) September 28, 2019 (National Public Lands Day) November 11, 2019 (Veterans Day) Find out more about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Brand USA’s marketing initiatives drove record international visitor spending and economic impact in FY 2018
Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, has generated a high return on investment (ROI) while driving significant incremental international visitation and spending over the past six years, according to a new report by Oxford Economics. The report shows Brand USA has consistently driven strong results for incremental international visitor spending, tax revenues generated, and total economic impact. According to Brand USA’s press release, marketing efforts in FY2018 alone (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018) helped drive: 1.13 million incremental international visitors to the USA who spent $4.1 billion on travel and fare receipts with U.S. carriers, and generated $1.17 billion in federal, state, and local taxes and $8.9 billion in total economic impact, and supported 52,305 incremental U.S. jobs The resulting FY2018 marketing ROI was 32:1—meaning that every $1 Brand USA spent on marketing generated $32 in spend by international visitors. Brand USA President & CEO Christopher L. Thompson said that international visitation “is an important driver for the nation’s economy—benefiting a wide range of industries well beyond travel and tourism. The United States provides international travelers more value in its diversity of experiences than any other place in the world, and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners to market the USA as the ultimate travel destination.” According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, international travel to America is the nation’s top services export and represents 11 percent of all U.S. exports, contributing a $77.4 billion trade surplus. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) was one of 13 founding partners when BrandUSA was formed.
Massport Welcomes Boston-Seoul Nonstop Flights with Korean Air & Delta Air Lines
Officials from Massport, Korean Air & Delta Air Lines Join Government and Tourism Leaders at Terminal E Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Welcome the new Boston-Seoul Nonstop Route Korean Air, the world’s largest transpacific airline, launched a new nonstop service between Boston and Seoul on April 12, 2019 in cooperation with joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines. The Boston-Seoul service will be operated on Korean Air’s new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class sleeper suites, and 245 seats in economy class. The new route is part of Massport’s steady expansion of international flights to and from Boston’s Logan International Airport in recent years as Massachusetts and New England continue to attract both leisure and business travelers. John Jackson, Korean Air’s managing vice president, said, “As a major gateway for high tech industries, Boston is the most popular unserved point from Korea with rapidly growing demand to Asia. The city, with its numerous universities and colleges, is a growing New England hub attracting companies in fast-growing industries like IT, bio-technology, healthcare, finance and pharmaceuticals.” The new nonstop route will meet a steady demand for travelers who had to switch planes in another city to get here. In 2017, Massachusetts welcomed 73,000 South Korean travelers, who represented 3.1% of all international visitors to the Commonwealth, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. They spent $184 million and generated $11.8 million in state and local taxes. There are strong cultural ties between Massachusetts and Korea, dating back to 1953, when the Korean Society of Boston was established by professors at Harvard’s Yenching Institute and Boston University. Today, Boston is the third most popular American city for Korean students studying in the United States. There are currently over 3,000 Korean students studying at Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern. Other universities with notable Korean presence include the Berklee College of Music, whose Korean Culture & Student Association bridges the rich musical traditions of Korea and the United States. And UMass/Amherst is developing major and minor degrees in Korean, offering classes in how to speak, read and write Korean. The Massachusetts Export Center works closely with American companies wishing to export lobsters, machinery or high technology abroad. Korea is Massachusetts’ 9th largest export partner, accounting for nearly $1.2 billion in exports, while importing $452 million in goods from Korea in 2017. At the same time, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) works with Korean companies seeking to invest in Massachusetts, especially in life sciences and innovation. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in Life Sciences and High Technology Industries between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been in place since 2011. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates National Library Week, April 7-13
As libraries across the United States celebrate National Library Week (April 7-13) and honor the great work of librarians everywhere, the illustrious traditions of Massachusetts as a center of learning, education and free exchange of ideas comes to the fore. With over 370 public libraries and 1,400 academic and specialized libraries, according to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, we also have the nation’s first membership library (Boston Athenaeum, 1807) and the nation’s first public library (Boston Public Library, 1848). We have a presidential library (John F. Kennedy, 1979), hundreds of outstanding university libraries, two federal archives, and the world’s largest repository of books for the blind and deaf (Perkins School for the Blind). First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities,” underscores the value of libraries both as educational resources and as centers for residents and visitors to gather together for cultural and civic pursuits. The State Library of Massachusetts, located at the State House, has a vast collection of important government documents dating back to the founding of the nation. It also has official documents pertaining to Massachusetts’ participation in various wars, and all of the regulations and laws passed by the Massachusetts Legislature in its history. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum at Columbia Point in Dorchester is a federal repository of the papers and holdings of President Kennedy and his administration. The JFK is a treasure trove of information about the state’s native son, and also materials on mid-20th century politics in America. The National Archives hold the permanent archival records of the federal government. Massachusetts is fortunate to have two of the thirteen regional facilities located around the country, in Waltham and Pittsfield. The Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network is a consortium of libraries that include medical research centers and hospitals, publishing companies and college libraries with significant collections in health sciences. Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization disseminates cultural heritage materials held by over 180 Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. You can find more about the state’s libraries by visiting the Massachusetts Library System, Massachusetts Library Association, You can search for libraries by topics or by town here.
Massport welcomes Hawaiian Airlines nonstop service between Boston & Honolulu
Massport continues to expand travel opportunities for New Englanders and travelers seeking to visit the region with the new Hawaiian Airlines direct nonstop service between Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), which launched on April 5, 2019. At 5,095 miles, Hawaiian’s HNL-BOS route is the longest regularly scheduled interstate route in U.S. history. Operating five days a week, the new service takes about 10 hours traveling to Boston from Honolulu, and approximately 11.5 hours traveling from Boston in the morning and arriving in Honolulu in the afternoon. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said, “On behalf of the Commonwealth, we are pleased to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to Massachusetts. This new service will provide access to new markets for businesses and connect two exciting destinations for travelers in both states.” Hawaii Governor David Ige congratulated Hawaiian Airlines “for launching this exciting new flight and I thank our hometown airline for giving us — and visitors to Hawaii — the best way to get to, from and between the islands. Having Hawaiian open new routes like Boston spreads the spirit of aloha to more of the planet.” In addition to vacations, the route opens economic and cultural opportunities. Boston’s renowned educational and medical facilities are among the many attractions drawing Hawaii travelers to the Bay State. The seafood industry, important in both states, will also benefit. On board Flight HA89 as it departed Boston for Hawaii was nearly one-and-a-half tons of live lobster. Hawaiian fish and produce will also be regularly flown to New England. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh “I’m happy to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to Boston as we continue to create new avenues to Boston and new opportunities for residents and visitors. With Hawaiian Airlines in Boston, this new service will strengthen our old ties and forge new ones.” Hawaiian Airlines is collaborating with the Peabody Essex Museum on exciting ways to expand knowledge about the rich art, culture and heritage of Hawaii. The Peabody Essex Museum has one of the oldest and most significant collections of Oceanic art in the world. Hawaiian’s expanded codeshare with JetBlue lets customers earn and redeem TrueBlue points on Hawaiian flights, and opens up new connections through Boston, including Washington, D.C. (DCA), Pittsburgh (PIT), Philadelphia (PHL), Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), and Detroit(DTW), all of which currently cannot connect to Hawaii through JetBlue in New York. Massport Acting CEO John Pranckevicius said, “We are excited to welcome Hawaiian Airlines and their nonstop service that connects New England to the Pacific. As another winter ends, these flights out of Logan Airport offer Bostonians access to all the natural wonders of Honolulu and the Hawaiian Islands.” Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Chris Tatum also expressed excitement about the new direct route. “Providing nonstop service from one of our largest mainland markets will be a welcomed opportunity for our residents and visitors who will now have more options to travel. We congratulate Hawaii’s hometown airline and look forward to helping make this route successful.” Guests traveling from the East Coast to Hawaii’s shores will enjoy the roominess and superior comfort of Hawaiian’s 278-seat Airbus A330 widebody aircraft, with 18 lie-flat seats in the front cabin that incorporate flowing curves evocative of the winds and the ocean. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are ideally tailored to leisure guests such as couples, families and honeymooners, while offering functionality to the business traveler. Each A330 has 68 spacious Extra Comfort seats in the main cabin that provide a generous 36-inch pitch and more legroom for our guests. For more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massport Launches 2019 Cruise Season, Recognizes Lt. Gov Polito for her Maritime Leadership
(l-r) Lisa Wieland, Flynn Cruiseport Boston; Keiko Matsudo Orrall, MOTT; Karyn Polito, Lieutenant Governor; Martha Sheridan, GBCVB & John Pranckevicius, Massport The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) kicked off the 2019 Cruise Season at the Ray Flynn Cruiseport Boston on Friday, March 29, poised for another record-breaking year of cruise ships and passengers coming to Boston Harbor. As part of the festivities, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito received the Maritime Champion Award for her dedication and support of the maritime economy across the Commonwealth. As chair of the Seaport Economic Council, Lt. Governor Polito has worked with coastal communities to develop and improve local assets to facilitate economic growth and stimulate job creation. The Council serves all 78 of Massachusetts coastal communities. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “I’m honored to be the recipient of Massport’s Maritime Champion Award. I will continue to serve as an advocate for the Port and the coastal communities of the Commonwealth, and build on the transformative investments we have made to the Massachusetts maritime economy.” Massport also welcomed the Norwegian Gem on her maiden homeport voyage to Flynn Cruiseport. This year, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is offering three Caribbean itineraries on the Gem, departing on March 29th, October 25th, and November 8th. The Gem will also continue sailing from Boston to Bermuda on Fridays from Flynn Cruiseport. In addition, the Cruiseport is also welcoming the MSC Meraviglia, a 4,500-passenger ship, for the first time this October. Disney Magic returns to Boston this fall for the first time since 2016. Both the Meraviglia and Disney Magic will visit Boston as a port of call. Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said, “The Ray Flynn Cruiseport has had a tremendous impact on the local economy and the tourism it brings provides hundreds of steady jobs. Thank you to Acting CEO John Pranckevicius, Port Director Lisa Wieland, the entire MassPort team and the Longshoreman’s Union for all your work, and best wishes for another great cruise season.” This season, Massport is announcing several new itineraries out of Boston throughout the 2019 cruise season. Ponant’s Le Champlain will cruise to Puerto Morelos, Mexico on October 26. Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas will embark to the Southern Caribbean islands on October 27. Holland America will once again offer its Voyage of the Vikings on the Zuiderdam, departing on July 30 and stopping in Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the Netherlands. Massport will also continue to offer the weekly escapes to Bermuda and the beautiful fall itineraries through Canada/New England. Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “I am proud of the record-setting growth we have seen at the Port of Boston in recent years, a testament to our thriving tourism sector in Boston. As we prepare to kick-off another cruise season, I thank all of the hardworking men and women who work every day at the Cruiseport to sustain and grow this economic engine that is important to the City of Boston.” State Senator Nick Collins said, “The Flynn Cruiseport is a robust, economic engine that continues to provide hundreds of employment opportunities for people in the community and beyond. The dedication of the men and women who run this Port make it the success it is today and we are excited to celebrate the start of yet another cruise season.” Massport has invested nearly $20M in capital improvements to the Flynn Cruiseport, contributing to strong growth in ship calls and passenger volume. Larger ships, two to three times the size that are calling the Port today, are now seeking Boston as a homeport. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Massachusetts is one of the top ten states benefitting economically from the global cruise industry. CLIA estimates the cruise industry contributes more than $485 million annually to the Massachusetts economy. To date, the Massachusetts cruise industry has generated nearly 2,000 jobs and about $24 million in annual federal and state tax revenue. State Representative David Biele said, “The working Port has created blue-collar jobs and is an economic engine for not only Boston and Commonwealth, but the northeast region. This is an exciting day for Massport and South Boston as we celebrate the start of a new cruise season with even more travel options for customers.” City Councilor Michael Flaherty said Boston’s working Port “has provided economic opportunities for the men and women of labor and for businesses across the region. We look forward to another successful cruise season with even more destination options for customers.” Flynn Cruiseport welcomed a record 389,619 to Boston during the 2018 cruise season and over 400,000 passengers are expected during the 2019 season, which will be the first time that Flynn Cruiseport surpasses this number. Cruise visitors arrived to Boston from April through November via a record 151 ship calls from 34 vessels representing 20 different international cruise lines Four ships made their maiden or first time call to Boston in 2018: Hurtigruten’s MS Fram, Noble Caledonia’s Hebridean Sky,Windstar’s Star Pride, and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette. Current trends in cruising are for overnight port calls, allowing guests the opportunity to enjoy the destination for an extended amount of time. Last year, Flynn Cruiseport welcomed nine ships to overnight at the terminal and will continue this trend into the future. City Councilor Ed Flynn said, “The Port of Boston has seen incredible growth over the last decade and the Cruiseport has been a key player in making that happen. The cruise industry in Boston is alive and well and we are thrilled to kick off yet another season.” Massport’s Port Director, Lisa Wieland called Boston “a popular cruise destination with historic sightseeing attractions, award-winning restaurants and professional sporting events all within a couple miles of Cruiseport Boston. The success of the Port would not be possible without the hardworking men and women who work there. Thank you to Lieutenant Governor Polito for being a strong voice for the maritime industry and coastal communities in Massachusetts. We are grateful for her partnership as we celebrate the start of another cruise season at the Port.” The Commonwealth has a lot to offer its cruise visitors. Boston is one of America’s oldest cities and a 21st century powerhouse. Visitors can explore revolutionary landmarks along the Freedom Trail, stroll through Boston Common to Faneuil Hall, or tour Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Neighborhoods such as the North End, Beacon Hill, and the Back Bay offer unique flavors, sights and sounds for every interest. Venture across the Charles River to Cambridge and enjoy the iconic grounds of Harvard University and MIT. Visitors can also explore the rich history of the Salem witch trials on the North Shore and “America’s Hometown” of Plymouth on the South Shore. Next year, the Commonwealth commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony with a series of special events. Massport Acting CEO John Pranckevicius said, “We are proud of the record-breaking success of Flynn Cruiseport Boston and the many jobs and businesses it supports throughout the Massachusetts economy. Thank you to Lieutenant Governor Polito for her dedication to the Massachusetts maritime industry, the Port of Boston, and all coastal communities. The Baker-Polito Administration recognizes the importance of the incredible coastal assets we have here in Massachusetts and we are thankful for their leadership.” This year’s celebration, which falls during Women’s History Month, honored Women in Maritime. The event also featured a series of interviews with a number of women whose hard work and perseverance have helped make the Port the success it is today and will continue to be in the future. Flynn Cruiseport is located in the vibrant Seaport District. It is easily accessible from both I-90 and I-93 and minutes from Logan International Airport. Visit www.massport.com/cruiseport/ to learn more.
MOTT Celebrates Women Tourism Leaders During Women’s History Month
As part of Women’s History Month, the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has compiled recent profiles of women leaders active in the Bay State’s travel and tourism industry. They include: Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director & CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden Ellie Donovan, Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation Danny Levy, Chief Customer Officer at MBTA Heloisa Maria Galvao, Executive Director of the Brazilian Women’s Group & Brazilian Independence Day Festival Barbara Erickson, President & CEO of The Trustees of the Reservations Sue Dahling Sullivan, ArtWeek Lead Champion/Chief Strategic Officer, Boch Center Susan Chu, English Secretary of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) and New Year’s Lunar Celebration in Boston Carole Copeland Thomas, Chair of the Multicultural Committee at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Dagny Ashley, Director of Tourism and Marketing at Destination New Bedford Marita Rivero, Executive Director at the Museum of African American History Julie Doherty Pagano, General Manager of Bay State Cruise Company Kay Simpson, Director of the Springfield Museums Dusty Rhodes, President of Conventures Vicki Saltzman, Director of Communications at the Clarke Art Institute & Museum These profiles are part of the MA Spotlight series, a monthly conversation with leaders from the Massachusetts travel and tourism industry published in MOTT’s industry newsletter and posted on the MassFinds Blog.
Greater Boston Visitors Bureau Names Aaron Jones as Executive VP
The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) has announced Aaron Jones as its new Executive Vice President (EVP). His primary responsibilities will include oversight of day-to-day operations, operating budgets, financial practices and revenue generation. In addition, Jones will also be tasked with carrying out the GBCVB’s core mission, growing Boston’s market share of visitors while embracing the values and policies established by the Bureau’s Board of Directors. Jones was formerly CEO of MetroLacrosse, the largest urban lacrosse and youth development program in the United States. GBCVB President & CEO Martha J. Sheridan said, “We are thrilled to welcome Aaron to the team. He comes to us with a wealth of experience managing a not-for-profit and working for many years in the sports sector. His skill set aligns perfectly with the new vision we are articulating for the agency and how we promote the destination.” Jones brings to the Bureau nearly three decades of operations and fiscal management expertise. As CEO of MetroLacrosse, he provided operational and strategic leadership to advance the unique integration of lacrosse, youth development, academic counseling and scholarship activities to more than 5,000 boys & girls from urban communities across the country. Under his leadership, the organization underwent an elevated phase of growth and added $1.5M to its operating budget. Jones said, “I am very excited to join the GBCVB. Boston is an illustrious city filled with American history, tradition and new age innovation. I look forward to executing Martha’s excellent vision to continue positioning Boston as a tier 1 meeting and visitor destination. Together we will showcase the people and places that make Boston one of the most amazing cities and regions in the nation.” The GBCVB Board of Directors, in partnership with Searchwide Global, implemented a rigorous vetting process that yielded several distinguished candidates for the EVP position. Ultimately, Aaron Jones’ proven record in generating sustainable revenue streams through partnerships and strategic management, as well as his entrepreneurial leadership and roles with organizations such as the NFL, NFL Players Inc., NBA, and within the non-profit industry, separated him from the other candidates. Aaron received his Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Maple Month
Governor Charlie Baker today declared March as “Massachusetts Maple Month,” continuing the Commonwealth’s support of maple producers and encouraging Massachusetts residents to purchase locally-produced maple products. To kick off Maple Month, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux was joined by State Senator Eric Lesser and agricultural officials at Ferrindino Maple in Hampden for a ceremonial sugar maple tree tapping. Governor Baker said his Administration “is proud to support the Commonwealth’s $6 million maple industry and we are committed to ensuring the industry continues to thrive as an economic, environmental and agricultural engine for the state. We look forward to continuing our work with local syrup producers to bring awareness throughout the season.” Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton noted that “Maple producers throughout the Commonwealth continue to embrace environmental sustainability as part of their operations. The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to invest in programs such as the Farm Energy Grant program which promotes energy-efficient machinery and further assists with the sustainability, success, and viability of Massachusetts’ maple industry.” Massachusetts is home to approximately 300 maple syrup producers, including many who are open to the public throughout the sugaring season. Last year more than 72,000 gallons of maple syrup was produced, and Massachusetts maple producers’ sales each year contribute more than $6 million to the Commonwealth’s economy. The maple industry employs over 1,000 workers and Massachusetts sugar makers steward more than 15,000 acres of woodland. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux said that his office “is proud to provide grants for maple producers to not only increase production but to address the agricultural sector’s vulnerability to climate change. Recently initiated, the Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies Program (ACRE) helps producers to fund practices that mitigate climate change and improve economic resiliency.” Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Francois L. Nivaud said, “Maple sugaring is a time-honored tradition that gives residents and visitors a distinct opportunity to enjoy our agricultural riches while supporting local syrup producers. Maple Month helps shine a light on the producers and the outstanding products enjoyed by so many in Massachusetts and beyond.” While March has earned the distinction of Maple Month, tapping in Massachusetts can start as early as late January and continue through April. For the best sugaring, nights must be below freezing and days must be above freezing. Everything from the weather, soil, and genetics of the tree can affect maple syrup flavor. The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association (MMPA) will hold its 5th Annual Maple Weekend March 16-17, 2019, and will feature open house events at sugarhouses throughout central and western Massachusetts. Go to the MassGrown website and click on maple for a complete listing of maple sugar houses. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
JetBlue adding more flights on 12 domestic routes out of Boston Logan Airport this summer
This week JetBlue announced it is adding additional flights on twelve popular routes out of Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), beginning in summer 2019. It is also expanding its service Washington, D.C. and the New York Metro area by offering hourly flights. The additional flights are being added to these routes: Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Charleston International Airport (CHS) Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) Nashville International Airport (BNA) Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Orlando International Airport (MCO) Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU) Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) Marty St. George, JetBlue executive vice president and chief commercial officer, “JetBlue started building up our Boston operation from the moment we arrived more than fifteen years ago, and long before any other airline recognized the needs of New England’s travelers. The growth set for this year underscores our ongoing commitment to growth in Boston and introducing our award winning service to even more travelers in the years ahead.” JetBlue first started service in Boston in January 2004, with 30 crew members, just one gate and 4,500 flights in the first year. Today, JetBlue carries more customers than any other airline in Boston, operates nearly 55,000 annual departures at Logan and offers nonstop service to more than 70 destinations throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Boston is also home to some 3,400 crew members. JetBlue has also built a portfolio of agreements with other international airlines at Logan that help connect customers to global destinations. Travelers can connect to cities around the world on JetBlue partners such as Emirates, EL AL, Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. JetBlue’s commitment to Boston extends well beyond its presence at Logan. JetBlue is a sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Marathon, TD Garden and the New England Patriots. The local JetBlue team has also contributed thousands of hours to support numerous community organizations in the greater Boston area. Logan International Airport is the primary airport serving New England and one of the busiest in the nation. Find out more about Logan Airport here.
Baker-Polito Administration Names Tim McGourthy as New HED Deputy Secretary
Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy announced Timothy J. McGourthy as incoming Deputy Secretary, effective March 4. McGourthy will assume the role vacated by former Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk, who was named executive director of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative earlier this month. McGourthy has been engaged on policy development for local, state, and federal initiatives over his 25-year career. In the last twenty years, McGourthy held public sector and nonprofit executive roles focused on the economic growth of Boston and Worcester, most recently serving as the executive director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, a position he has held since February 2014. “I am thrilled to welcome Tim McGourthy to the Baker-Polito Administration,” said Secretary Kennealy. “Tim brings a wealth of policy expertise and a deep understanding of municipal government and collaboration at the regional and state level. His work in Massachusetts’ two largest cities, particularly the last 12 years in Worcester, has laid the foundation for a great deal of regional and statewide economic success, and I look forward to leveraging his insights and experiences as we work to spur new jobs and economic prosperity across the state.” As Deputy Secretary, McGourthy will support the management of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), which works to advance the economic opportunity for residents, partner with local leaders to pursue economic priorities, and engage with businesses to support job creation. EOHED is comprised of several agencies, including Housing and Community Development and the Office of Consumer Affairs, has a $1.4 billion budget and approximately 1,000 employees. “I am honored and excited to be serving in the Baker-Polito Administration and to work alongside Secretary Kennealy to ensure economic growth continues, across all regions of the state,” said McGourthy. “I have witnessed first-hand the partnership embodied by this administration and how that has translated into growth and positive momentum in the Worcester region and beyond, and I look forward to contributing to the team’s continued work on behalf of each and every community in this great Commonwealth.” ### About Timothy J. McGourthy: Timothy J. McGourthy has been engaged on policy development for local, state, and federal initiatives over his 25-year career. Over the last two decades, McGourthy held public sector and nonprofit executive roles focused on the economic growth of Massachusetts’ two largest cities. McGourthy previously served as Executive Director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc., a position he held since February 2014. McGourthy focused on economic development for the City of Worcester from 2006 to 2014, serving as Chief Development Officer for the City, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, where he oversaw nine City divisions related to business development, culture, housing, neighborhoods, planning, workforce development, and youth. He worked closely with public and private partners to facilitate transformative redevelopment projects for Worcester. From 1999-2006, McGourthy served as Director of Policy at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s planning and economic development agency, where he crafted policies and programmatic solutions to a broad range of issues impacting the growth and development of the city. McGourthy’s research experience at Carnegie Corporation of New York explored issues of social development and international affairs. He also worked for Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Governor’s Office. He has served as a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Better Government Transition Committee, and the Massachusetts Economic Development Policy Council as well as the City of Worcester’s Tax Policy Committee. McGourthy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from The College of William & Mary, a master’s degree in government from The Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is adjunct faculty at Clark University. McGourthy and his family live in Worcester.
Massport Board Approves Capital Program for FY19-23
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board voted last week to approve a five-year capital program of approximately $2.6 billion to fund major projects for fiscal years 2019-2023. The program includes $1.9 billion for Logan International Airport, $405 million for Conley Container Terminal and Flynn Cruiseport, $52 million for Hanscom Airport, and $43 million for Worcester Regional Airport. Massport Acting CEO John Pranckevicius said, “Massport is making strategic investments to improve our infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing economy. These projects have been carefully vetted to support the needs of an increasing customer base, enhance the passenger experience and ensure public safety, while also continuing our long-standing commitment to sustainability and the community.” Plans at Logan Airport include the Terminal E Modernization project, which combines new construction, renovations, and upgrades to the existing terminal built in 1974 to create a seamless experience for passengers from the curb to the plane. Seven additional gates are being added to 12 existing gates at Terminal E to accommodate more flights to a growing list of nonstop international destinations. Additional ticket counters, baggage carousels, and concessions to support the increased passenger volume are being built, along with a larger security checkpoint with faster Automated Screening Lanes (ASL). The new gates will also be able to serve larger and more energy-efficient aircraft. In addition, the Board approved funding to alleviate roadway congestion, encourage more HOV use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the airport. Massport is building a new parking garage with 2,000 spaces next to Terminal E and is undertaking a roadway improvement project to help ease the traffic flow between Terminals B and C, especially during peak hours. The Old Tower will be demolished to make way for a new roadway and a connector building between Terminals B and C. Terminal C’s departure deck and canopy area are being reconfigured to increase curb length and travel lanes. At Conley Terminal, the Board approved $210 million dollars to restore a former maritime terminal at Berth 10 with a new modern facility. Dredging a section of the harbor is required to support the construction of a new concrete wharf designed for 12,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) vessels. The wharf will also have three new larger Ship-to-Shore container cranes, which are required for loading and unloading containers by larger and taller vessels, to accommodate the increasing container volume. Last year, Conley Terminal set a new record in overall container volume for the fourth year in a row, handling over 298,000 TEUs. Across the Reserved Channel, improvements are being made to the Flynn Cruiseport Boston. The capital program includes $10 million dollars to begin the permitting and design for an expanded facility with two homeport terminals and capacity to service larger ships. New energy efficient windows are being installed and a new automated gangway put in place to expedite passengers coming on and off the ships. In 2018, Flynn Cruiseport Boston welcomed a record 390,696 visitors to Boston. Over $9 million of capital program funds are being used at Worcester Airport for improvements to a portion of Runway 11-29 and to replace the engineered material arresting system (EMAS), which is a safety feature at both ends of that runway. Two new jet bridges are being installed at Worcester to accommodate more passengers. This year, Worcester Airport will offer six daily flights by three major airlines. Hanscom Airport will receive $4.8 million for a new facility to house the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting equipment and the CBP area. Hanscom Field is the general aviation reliever for Logan and is the second busiest airport in New England with more than 100,000 operations annually. Finally, Massport is investing 14% of the capital program budget on technology that either improves security, promotes efficiency for customers, and/or reduces the Authority’s carbon footprint. The capital program includes money for facial recognition technology at Terminal E, for remote baggage check-in capability at Logan Express locations, for electric vehicle charging stations at the Rental Car Center and Central Garage, and for a rooftop solar panel system at Terminal C, capable of providing power to all new roadway lights with some surplus energy. Find out more about Massport here. For information on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Offers Outdoor Fun during School Vacation Week
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is promoting dozens of outdoor activities across the Commonwealth for families to enjoy during School Vacation Week, February 16-24, 2019. “From alpine ski resorts and cross-country skiing to ice skating, snowboarding and hiking, Massachusetts is a winter wonderland each February, and we urge residents and visitors to take advantage of all we have to offer during the upcoming school vacation week,” says Executive Director Francois L. Nivaud of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. Among the winter assets in Massachusetts are 12 alpine ski resorts, with downhill options for skiers and snowboarders at all levels, as well as snow tubing, cross country and snowshoeing facilities. Four ski resorts are running a Learn to Ski contest, which includes a free day of lessons, rental and a lift pass for two skiers or riders. Winners are selected on February 22, 2019. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which manages 450,000 acres of open space, has 84 family-friendly activities being offered in state parks across Massachusetts with 12 Visitor Centers open and fully staffed. The Trustees of the Reservations, which manages 100 properties spanning 27,000+ acres, is offering its Staycation with the Trustees program of outdoor activities, from drop-off and drop-in programs at local farms, to sledding, snowshoe walks and scavenger hunts. The Mass Audubon Society has a full week of children’s activities, including birdwatching and nature walks, at outdoor facilities throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, MOTT has compiled a resource of more School Vacation Week Activities, both outdoors and indoors. For year-round information on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com. About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA.
Royal Air Maroc to Launch Nonstop Flights Between Boston & Casablanca
Massport has landed its first nonstop flight to Africa, with the announcement that Royal Air Maroc is launching direct service between Boston Logan International Airport and Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport, beginning in June 2019. The airline is running three flights a week leaving on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 22 through September 14, 2019, Then, starting September 18, 2019, flights run on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Royal Air Maroc President and CEO Hamid Addou said in a statement, “We are very excited to launch the Casablanca–Boston line operated by 787 Dreamliner aircraft,” adding that the airline also plans to launch a Casablanca-Miami route in 2019 to complement existing routes between Casablanca-New York and Casablanca-Washington DC. “This will strengthen our network in the US and bring the African continent closer to North America through our hub in Casablanca,” Addou said. Massport Acting CEO John Pranckevicius said, “The addition of nonstop service from Boston to Casablanca through Royal Air Maroc will be our first nonstop flight to mainland Africa. Connecting New England with the global economy is a key part of Massport’s mission. This new flight will provide new opportunities for social, education and economic development and make Morocco more conveniently accessible to Massachusetts residents and employers.” The service is being operated by the 787/8 Dreamliner, which features a two-class cabin with 18 Business Class fully lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. In a statement, Royal Air Maroc wrote that it “remains committed to expanding its North American footprint, while continuing to offer affordable fares and high-quality service to everyone, on board its brand-new Dreamliner transatlantic fleet.” Currently, Boston Logan International Airport flies directly to 58 international destinations served by 33 airlines, and to 76 domestic destinations served by 13 airlines, according to Massport. For more information, visit Massport.com
National Parks of Boston Resume Operations
The National Parks of Boston released a statement today announcing the resumption of operations and activities at Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site and the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park. “Limited operations begin on January 26 and 27, 2019 (and) It is expected that the parks will be running on their regular winter schedule the week of January 28, 2019,” according to the statement, which urges patrons to check the respective web sites for further details. National Parks of Boston General Superintendent Michael Creasey said, “the generosity from the Boston community and the many partners that supported the National Parks of Boston during the lapse in Federal appropriations has been incredible and very much appreciated. So many people offered all types of support to park staff and their families during the period of the government shutdown, we are most grateful.” “The nearly 100 National Park employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks,” the statement added. About the National Parks of Boston This unique collaboration of government owned and privately owned and operated historic sites is associated with the colonial struggle for independence and the birth and growth of the United States. These nationally significant landscapes and buildings include the Boston Harbor Islands, African Meeting House and the Black History Trail, the Freedom Trail sites including: Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Bunker Hill Monument, Bunker Hill Museum, Dorchester Heights Monument, and the Charlestown Navy Yard, including USS Constitution, the USS Constitution Museum, and USS Cassin Young.
Berklee High School Jazz Festivals Attracts Top Musicians & Students to Boston
Participants in the 2018 Berklee High School Jazz Festival (Courtesy of Berklee) The annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. Here is a schedule of events. The festival features 133 top-ranked jazz ensembles from 16 states and territories, from California to Puerto Rico, and from Florida to Maine. The bands are competing for partial scholarships to Berklee’s Five Week Summer Performance Program, while individual musicians are auditioning for tuition scholarships toward the full-time program or the summer performance program. Here are details on the awards. According to a 2017 study by the Barr Foundation, the non-profit arts industry, which is part of the creative economy in Massachusetts supports 73,000 jobs while generating $1.4 billion in household income and $2.2 billion in economic activity. Berklee College of Music is considered the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, according to its website. Berklee’s commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty and alumni – hundreds of whom have been recognized with Grammy, Tony, Oscar and Emmy awards. Find more about jazz in Massachusetts at massjazz.com. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates Lunar New Year in February 2019
Chinese New Year Concert at Berklee College of Music Massachusetts residents and visitors are preparing to celebrate Lunar New Year this winter, a significant holiday for more than 426,225 Asian-Americans living in the Bay State, and for billions of Asians around the world. Lunar New Year has many different names: the Vietnamese community calls its Lunar Year celebration Tết, while South Koreans call theirs Wondan and in China it is called Chinese New Year. The celebration goes back over 2,000 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when ancient Chinese developed Chinese Zodiac Signs to mark the New Year, using a 12 year cycle of deliberately-chosen animals. 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Illustration by MOTT Intern Rebecca Chin, Fitchburg State University January 30 TCSA’s spring 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration Taiwanese & Chinese Students’ Association Campus Center, UMass, Amherst 7 – 9 p.m. Through February 18 Reunion Dinners for Chinese New Year Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston Evenings February 2 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration Potter’s House, Malden 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. February 2 Boston NKAA Chinese New Year Party Alister by Mill Creek, Quincy 6. – 9 p.m. February 2 Newton Cantonese School Chinese New Year Celebration Bigelow Middle School, Newton 9 a.m. –Noon February 2 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration Gala Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover 3 – 8 p.m. February 2 Celebrate Lunar New year at Franklin Park Zoo Franklin Park Dorchester, Boston 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. February 2-3 Year of the Pig Painting Artbeat Creativity Store and Studio, Arlington 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. February 3 Vietnamese Tet Celebration of Lunar New Year Grand Ballroom, UMass, Lowell 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. February 4 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration Fo Guang Buddhist Temple, Cambridge 10 a.m. February 7 Berklee College of Music Presents Chinese New year Concert Berklee Performance Center, Back Bay, Boston 8 p.m. February 8 Asian Cultural Society Lunar New Year Tilton Hall, Clark University, Worcester 6 – 9 p.m. February 9 VietAid Tet 2019 Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Dorchester 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. February 9 Chinese New Year Gala + Dinner Boston Marriott Hotel, Burlington 6 p.m. February 9 Tanglewood Marionettes Present The Dragon King John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Dorchester, Boston 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. February 9 MFA’s Lunar New Year Celebration Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. February 9 Family Day! Celebrating Chinese New Year Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge 1 – 4 p.m. February 10 Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band Newton Free Library, Newton 2 – 3 p.m. February 10 31st Annual Lunar New year Festival North Quincy High School, Quincy Noon – 5 p.m. February 10 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration Fo Guang Buddhist Temple, Cambridge 5 p.m. February 16 Lunar New Year Celebration Peabody Essex Museum, Salem 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. February 16 SAPA-NE Chinese New Year Celebration 2019 Trinitarian Congregational Church, Wayland 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. February 17 Chinese New Year Lion Parade Street Photography Class Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar, Downtown Crossing, Boston 9:30 a.m. – Noon February 25 HMS-CSSA 2019 Chinese New Year Gala Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Yawkey Building, Boston 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Find out more about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
MASSACHUSETTS ISSUES ITS TOP SPORTING EVENTS OF 2019
Boston – Massachusetts has issued its annual 2019 compilation of popular sporting activities in the Bay State, ranging from professional games and collegiate tournaments to iconic competitions and fundraising events. Assembled by Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), 2019 Massachusetts Sporting Events highlight new events this year such as the Crashed Ice Downhill Ice Skating race at Fenway Park and the American Hockey League All-Star Classic in Springfield, plus perennial favorites like Boston’s Beanpot Hockey Tournament, Falmouth Road Race, and the charitable Pan Mass Challenge. Read the press release here. “Sports help to build strong community spirit and they stimulate our state economy,” says Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham. “Sports teams and their fans support our local businesses, hotels, restaurants and retail shops throughout Massachusetts.” “Massachusetts sports teams have gained an international following,” says Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “The upcoming Boston Red Sox – New York Yankees baseball game in London this June underscores the popularity of our sports brands around the globe.” Since 2000, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins have won a combined 11 championships, making Massachusetts the most successful state for professional sports in the United States. Massachusetts hosts world-renowned sporting events such as the Boston Marathon and Head of the Charles Regatta, and is also credited with inventing two sports, basketball and volleyball, in the 19th century. “In addition to our top professional teams, we’re delighted that new minor league teams are cropping up all across the Commonwealth, from the Railers, Blades, Pirates, and Woo Sox in Worcester to the Thunderbirds in Springfield and the Spinners in Lowell,” says Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Manager Ricardo Guillaume. “There’s a genuine appetite for sports everywhere in Massachusetts.” JANUARY 2019 HoopHall Classic January 17 – 21 | Springfield College, Springfield The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame showcase rising basketball talent during its annual Hoop Hall Classic, January 17-21 at the Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College. New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Track & Field January 26 | Reggie Lewis Center | Roxbury, Boston Now in its 24th year, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is the only U.S. stop on the prestigious IAAF World Indoor Tour. Over the years it has played host to nine world records and 13 American records. 2019 AHL All-Star Classic January 27 & 28 | MassMutual Center, Springfield The Springfield Thunderbirds will host the top stars of the American Hockey League when the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic drops the puck, January 27-28 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship January 30 – February 2 | DCU Center, Worcester Colonial Figure Skating Club has been selected to host the 2019 Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships. FEBRUARY New England Intercollegiate Track & Field Championships February 1-2 | Reggie Lewis Center, Boston The New England intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) hosts this premier gathering of top college athletes from throughout New England. 67th Men’s Beanpot Tournament February 4 | TD Garden, Boston Four historic men’s collegiate hockey teams, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University compete for the coveted Beanpot Championship at the TD Garden in Boston. 41st Women’s Beanpot Tournament February 5 | TD Garden, Boston Four iconic women’s collegiate hockey teams, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University take to the ice in pursuit of the Beanpot Championship at the TD Garden in Boston. Red Bull Crashed Ice February 8 & 9 | Fenway Park, Boston America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, Fenway Park gets frozen over and turned into a winter-ramp wonderland for an exciting competition of ice racing. USBA Massachusetts State Breaking Grand Championships February 16 | Chicopee Competitors from around the region compete in breaking, a popular martial arts skill where skilled contestants break objects ranging from wood, cinder blocks, glass or steel hands, feet or head. 2019 USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship February 17 | Gordon Track, Harvard University, Cambridge USA Track & Field is the national governing body for the sports of track and field, cross country running, road running and race-walking. MARCH NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship March 8-11 | UMass Boston, Reggie Lewis Center University of Massachusetts Boston hosts the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship meet. The nearby Reggie Lewis Center, which has hosted athletes from all over the world, is proud to serve as the host facility. 22nd Lobster Pot Hockey Tournament March 15-17 | Hyannis Youth & Community Center and Tony Kent Arena, Cape Cod Each year 64 teams and over 900 participants play 102 hockey games leading up to the Lobster Pot championship for youth hockey enthusiasts. 35th Hockey East Championship March 23 |TD Garden, Boston College hockey’s most prestigious postseason tournament. The Hockey East Association is an 11-team Division I college men’s conference and a 10-team women’s league. 2019 Cape Ann Fool’s Dual Half Marathon March 31 | Gloucester This 5k race and half marathon is a North of Boston tradition highlighted by gorgeous ocean views and the charming coastline of Cape Ann. APRIL Red Sox Opening Day 2019 April 9 | Fenway Park, Boston The defending MLB World Series Champions welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to the first home game at Fenway Park. 123rd Boston Marathon April 15 | Boston The Boston Marathon falls on every third day in April, also known as “Patriots Day” where world-renown runners and neighborhood joggers all come together to compete and raise money for charitable causes. MAY 2019 Spartan Race Boston Sprint Weekend May 11 & 12 | Charlton 508 International will transform into a muddy terrain paradise for participants who have what it takes to become a Spartan. JUNE IWLCA Brine New England Cup June 8 & 9 | UMass, Amherst The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association hosts the annual Brine New England Cup, sponsored by New Balance. The tournament has strong attendance by college coaches from DI, DII, and DIII to scout prospective student-athletes. NorthFace Endurance Challenge June 8-9 | Wachusett Mountain Ski Area Runners navigate the trails of Wachusett Mountain, summiting on multiple occasions before hopping on the Midstate Trail to Leominster State Forest, home of scenic ridge lines and lake shore views. Special Olympics Massachusetts June 8-10 | Harvard University & Boston University 2,000+ athletes with disabilities compete at this inspiring Olympic Games in track & field, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Red Sox vs. Yankees in London June 29-30 | Olympic Stadium, London, UK A special treat for international MA sports fans and residents of Red Sox Nation: the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees take their iconic rivalry across the pond to London for a two-game series. 2019 Tough Mudder Boston June 29-30 | Charlton Participants compete in an 8-10 mile loop of mud-soaked course loaded with 25 best-in-class obstacles, including 10 new or updated 2019 obstacles. JULY New England Women’s Amateur Golf Championship July 8-10 | Great Horse Golf Club, Hampden This prestigious and competitive golf tournament features the best amateur women golfers from the six New England states. 2nd Annual Boston Unity Cup July 12-14 | Moakley Park, South Boston Sixteen nations, representing greater Boston’s racial and ethnic diversity, participate in this soccer tournament of friendship and skill. The 2018 tournament was won by Brazil, in a thrilling final match with El Salvador. Savage Race Boston 2019 July 13 | Carter & Stevens Farm, Barre Savage Race is an intense 5-7 mile obstacle run with 25 world class obstacles, mud, fire, and barbed wire. Contestants can run individually or create a team. 2019 Cape Cod Baseball League All Star Game July 21 | Eldridge, Orleans Many of the top players in the MLB have earned their stripes in the Cape Cod Baseball league. Watch the next crop of future baseball stars compete in the league’s all-star game in Orleans, Cape Cod. AUGUST 2019 Pan-Mass Challenge August 3 & 4 | Boston Since its founding in 1980, this annual bike-a-thon has raised millions every year toward life-saving cancer research. The race passes through 46 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Nantucket Lacrosse Festival August 11 | Nantucket Island Prime Time Lacrosse hosts this 3 on 3 lacrosse tournament for boys and girls U-11 to U19 teams at on turf fields. Each team plays four 30-minute games to compete with their peers in this fast-paced exciting sport. 47th New Balance Falmouth Road Race August 18 & 19 | Cape Cod Athletes competing in this annual 7.1-mile road international race benefit from the serene beauty of Falmouth and Woods Hole on Cape Cod. SEPTEMBER 2019 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement September | Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Basketball was born in Springfield and every year the game returns home to celebrate its legends. Congratulate 2019’s class of hall of famers in September. OCTOBER 21st CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester October 12 & 13 | Gloucester This dynamic and challenging bike race is a New England classic and challenges riders to fight through adversity during a rigid course. 55th Head of the Charles Regatta October 19 & 20 | Charles River, Boston, & Cambridge Elite rowers from around the world flock to the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge to participate in this classic test of endurance, strength and teamwork. NOVEMBER 2019 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Ceremony November | Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke Western Mass is where volleyball was created and every year the game returns to its birthplace to induct a new class of hall of famers. Celebrate those who gave so much to the game and its advancement in November. About Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism: MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA. For more information, visit massvacation.com About Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office: MSMO is the state agency dedicated to promoting the Commonwealth as a premier sports destination. MSMO helps facilitate and attract major sporting events in Massachusetts and leads the effort to create customized event bids for international, national, collegiate, youth and amateur sporting events that contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. For more information, visit masportsoffice.com
Tourism Leaders Hold China Workshop to Increase Chinese Visitors to Boston & Massachusetts
Pictured: from left, Francois Nivaud, Brad Rice, Sharon Xu, Pat Moscaritolo and David O’Donnell Chinese visitors coming to Boston and Massachusetts continue to break records for visitation numbers and spending, according to the China 3.0 Workshop held at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Organized by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), American Express and other travel and hospitality partners, the Workshop attracted 125 participants who came to learn ways to tap into the lucrative Chinese inbound market. In 2017, 301,000 Chinese visitors came to Boston, a 153% increase over the past 5 years. GBCVB President & CEO Pat Moscaritolo and China-Friendly Marketing Committee Chair Brad Rice singled out three individuals who have driven the China initiative and its record-breaking results: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Executive Director Francois Nivaud, GBCVB Senior Manager of Media Relations David O’Donnell, and GBCVB Chinese Marketing Manager Sharon Xu. “A destination does not have this kind of success by accident,” said Moscaritolo. Massport Director of Aviation Ed Freni gave an update on the expansion and upgrades taking place at Boston Logan International Airport to meet the growing demand from domestic and international visitors in the coming years. MOTT’s Francois Nivaud spoke about his agency’s efforts to attract visitors, including cooperative marketing campaigns, sales missions & training events, and familiarization visitors from Chinese tour operators and media. At the China 3.0 workshop, multiple presenters referenced 2018 data that shows continued growth for Boston even as inbound numbers from China have slowed across the nation. Scott Johnson reported that Boston’s market share is on the rise and that this will result in even more impressive numbers from China to Boston in 2018 and 2019. Carla Cabrera, Hainan Airlines’ Director of Sales for North America, revealed that Boston is now Hainan’s most successful route in North America, eclipsing Seattle in 2018. And Expedia Senior Market Manager for Boston, Alex Fromson, shared robust results from a recent holiday booking campaign that Expedia and the GBCVB collaborated on. Tourism leaders are optimistic that Chinese numbers will continue to grow. “In addition to the robust leisure market that attracts visitors from around the world, Massachusetts excels in education, sports, conventions and business opportunities, and these sectors offer growth potential in the Chinese market,” said Nivaud. “The goal for Boston, going forward, is 400,000 Chinese visitors by 2020,” said Moscaritolo. “We are confident we can get there because our China initiative, led by our China Marketing Committee team, will continue to engage this market and execute strategies to generate more business from China for Boston and for our member companies.”
MOTT Showcasing Massachusetts Vacations at Boston Globe Travel Show This Weekend
Yukon the bear and Franklin the lion from Zoo New England Boston – The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) invites vacation seekers to visit Booth #645 in the USA Main Entrance at the 14th Boston Globe Travel Show, taking place on January 18-20, 2019 at the Seaport World Trade Center. The annual Travel Show opens to the public on Friday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, January 20 at 4 p.m. The Massachusetts booth is being staffed by state tourism officials and representatives from the 16 regional tourism councils across the state, who will share travel ideas for vacationing in the Bay State this year. In addition, a number of local travel destinations and companies, along with their costumed characters and mascots are visiting MOTT’s booth throughout the weekend, including friends from Plimoth Plantation, The Freedom Trail Players, Massachusetts Pirates, Zoo New England, Orson the Polar Beverage Bear, Lowell Spinner’s Canaligator and Plymouth’s Barnicle & Husk. Visitors to MOTT’s Booth #645 are welcome to enter for a chance to win a getaway to the North of Boston region. Prize package includes: lodging for two at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites, two tickets to Jack Kerouac’s The Haunted Life at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre and to The House of the Seven Gables and much more. The Boston Globe Travel Show is a family-friendly event showcasing destinations around the world, cultural and culinary offerings, advice from travel experts, and various activities for children and adults. Massachusetts attracted nearly 29 million domestic and international visitors in 2017, according to Mass Office of Travel & Tourism and the US Department of Commerce. These visitors spent $22.9 billion which generated $1.5 billion in combined state and local taxes. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $6 Million for Municipal Park Projects
Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook Park, Martha’s Vineyard. Courtesy of Mass Office of Travel & Tourism This week the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $6,412,900 in grant funding for park and recreation improvements in 19 Massachusetts communities. The grants, administered through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant program and funded through the capital budget, will help municipalities develop new parks, renovate existing parks, and acquire 13.85 acres of land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. See list of parks here. Governor Charlie Baker said his Administration “is proud to help communities acquire new parkland to provide their residents with beautiful places to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. Investing in these important park projects will make our parks safer, increase recreational opportunities, and improve access for people of all abilities.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito called the PARC program “an important tool for ensuring all Massachusetts families have access to parks and recreational opportunities close to home. Improving the quality of parks across the Commonwealth makes our communities more livable, supports local economies and promotes healthier lifestyles.” Established in 1977, the PARC Program assists cities and towns in acquiring and developing land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. Any community with an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan is eligible to apply for the program. EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton said the Baker-Polito Administration “has prioritized investments in parks and outdoor recreational amenities to ensure residents of all ages and abilities are able to get outside and enjoy recreational resources. The great local projects being awarded through the PARC program will provide the opportunity to communities to come together and spend time outside.” There are two categories of PARC grants: the Small Town grant category for towns with less than 35,000 residents, with a maximum grant award of $100,000, and a separate category for cities and towns with more than 35,000 residents, which has a $400,000 grant award maximum. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Delivers Inaugural Address for Second Term
On Thursday, January 3, 2019 Governor Charlie Baker delivered his second inaugural address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Here are the Governor’s full remarks as prepared for delivery: Here are excerpts from Governor Baker’s speech: “Think about the Commonwealth’s leadership on national issues. “We have the highest rate of health care coverage in the nation. But the story was written across two decades, ten legislative sessions, five governors and four Presidents. “We have best in the nation gun laws, a story that was written across multiple legislative sessions and several Governors and was almost always bipartisan. “We have a K-12 education system that, despite its limitations, is the envy of the country. “This story was written by a large cast of leaders and contributors across decades of deliberation and action. “As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, we’re engaged in a number of difficult policy issues. Some will be with us long after our time on Beacon Hill is done. “But it’s incumbent on us to pursue these tasks with foresight, intelligence and commitment, so that we can rest assured that when our time is done, those who come after us will be able to build on the foundation we’ve established. “As I look forward, I’m grateful that we’re taking on difficult policy issues from a position of strength. “Massachusetts no longer has a structural budget deficit. In fact, we ended last year with a major budget surplus. Deposited over $650 million into our Stabilization Fund. And anticipate making another major deposit to that Fund at the end of this fiscal year. And we did it without raising taxes. “We delivered huge environmental benefits and lower energy prices. And now everybody wants to duplicate our process. “Our regulatory reform project reduced the complexity of state government across the board, allowing our small businesses to become more competitive in a dynamic economy. “And our ‘get stuff done’ approach with public private partnerships in economic development, advanced manufacturing, robotics and smart materials has created jobs and opportunity across the Commonwealth. “As a result, our economy is booming. “We have more people working than at any time in state history. Over 200,000 jobs have been created since we took office. Our labor force participation rate is at an all-time high. And people are moving to Massachusetts because we offer good jobs and opportunity. “Thanks to the hard work of so many, the state of our Commonwealth is strong! “By putting the public interest ahead of partisan politics, we’ve made our Commonwealth a better place to live for our residents. But there’s always much left to do. “There’s also much to do in transportation. “I’ll begin with a quick shout out to our Transportation Futures Commission. Predicting a future where there is so much possibility is difficult. They did great work and I want to highlight some of their recommendations. “First, continue to invest in public transportation. “This is an area in which the Commonwealth sat on its hands for far too many years and we’re all paying the price for it. “Over the course of the next five years, the T plans to spend over $8 billion on infrastructure, much of which will be invested in its core system. This is more than twice what has ever been spent in any 5-year period. “This will be no small task. “One of the reasons previous administrations didn’t invest in the core system is the complexity of upgrading and modernizing a system that operates 20 hours a day, seven days a week. “The constant tug between getting people where they need to go and disrupting that system to make it better is a big challenge. But it’s one that must be identified, scoped and overcome. “The T also needs to leverage its automated fare system once it’s in place in 2020. For the first time, that system will give the T real time data on how its riders use the system. That creates huge opportunities to improve service. To think differently about fares, routes and pricing. And to modernize operations to better serve customers. “Second, we must make the investments in public infrastructure that will enable the next generation of zero emission and autonomous vehicles to thrive here in the Commonwealth. “Getting this right will require unprecedented collaboration with local government and our New England neighbors, as well as innovative partnerships with the private sector. “Third, reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the transportation system. “The work we’re poised to do with other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states should produce a cap and investment system for transportation that mirrors our successful model for energy. “It will create the largest program of its kind in US history. “Finally, we need to more fully appreciate the relationship between where people live and where they work and how state and local government policies affect their ability to get from one to the other. “I’ve spoken before about this housing crisis. “For over 20 years, we’ve produced less than half the new units of housing that we produced like clockwork in the previous forty years. “As a result, we have limited inventory. And the inventory we have gets priced out of sight, forcing people to live farther and farther away from where they work. “I believe that our housing bill was a strong step in the right direction to deal with this. It respected the need for communities to plan for themselves, but created incentives to tie development more closely to overarching strategies concerning transportation and land use generally. In the end, it failed because it was too much for some and not enough for others. “We shouldn’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good. “Building a stronger, more equitable, more resilient and more successful Commonwealth rests on several pillars. But one of the most important ones is delivering a big increase in housing production. We need to get this done. “Massachusetts is also a national leader in health care. We’re one of the healthiest states in the nation. And we have the highest rate of health care coverage. “Our health care cluster is a wonder, economically and clinically. It’s constantly delivering solutions to some of the most urgent and challenging problems facing patients and their families. “The flip side is the price we pay. “Small businesses in Massachusetts have among the highest health insurance costs in the country. The price for the same medical service can vary by as much as 300% depending on where it’s provided. “Our community hospitals continue to struggle. And, ironically, some of the Commonwealth’s rules make it tough to practice modern medicine. “Later this year, we will file legislation to address these issues. By expanding the use of telemedicine, rethinking some of our scope of practice guidelines and dealing with the parity issues that have negatively affected individuals and families dealing with mental health issues. “The fact that 351 cities and towns in this Commonwealth have worked with state government on over 800 best practices and now use that program to spread the word on other smarter ways to deliver services doesn’t make much news. “The work we’ve done together to invest billions of dollars in housing, downtown and regional economic development and public/private partnerships in communities across the Commonwealth are stories that come and go. “The 16,000 trees we’ve planted and thousands of LED lights we’ve installed with our colleagues in local government is just doing our job. “Each day, the wheels turn, and when they turn well they build strong communities. Support great schools. Grow the economy. Clean up the environment. Promote justice. And give people a chance. “Those wheels create hope, opportunity and possibility . “Over the past four years, Lieutenant Governor Polito and I have heard time and time again that the way we all work together is a model for the nation. “People like our collaborative approach to governing. And they say they’re proud to be from Massachusetts! “And so am I! “This state is bursting with talent, humor and decency. Boldness and common sense. Our abiding sense of patriotism, belonging and community has made us strong and has carried us forward for almost 400 years. “Let others engage in cheap shots and low blows. Let’s make our brand of politics positive and optimistic, instead of cruel and dark. “And instead of the bickering and name calling that dominates much of today’s public debate, let’s build on the work of those who came before us. “And make our work about how we can make this great state better for the people who call this glorious place ‘home.’ “God Bless This Commonwealth. “God Bless the United States of America.” ###
First Day Hikes at State Parks in Massachusetts
In alliance with the First Day Hikes Initiative that celebrates America’s State Parks, Massachusetts is offering residents and visitors a series of First Day guided hikes throughout the state parks system on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019. The guided hikes are being coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the state agency overseeing more than ½ million acres of open space throughout the Commonwealth, ranging from parks, open space and historic landmarks to beaches, camping groups and trails for hiking or biking. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton said, “For years, Massachusetts residents have welcomed in the New Year with a trek outdoors to appreciate the stunning natural resources of our state. The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue this tradition, and residents are encouraged to attend a guided hike where they will find passionate and dedicated DCR staff working hard to ensure land is protected and conserved for generations to come.” Started in 1992 at Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Massachusetts, First Day Hikes were launched to enable year-round outdoor recreation and to inspire the public to discover the Commonwealth’s impressive natural resources. A growing collection of participating states culminated when, in 2012, all 50 state park systems joined together to sponsor America’s State Parks First Day Hikes Initiative, which has since become the signature nationwide program for the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). DCR Commissioner Leo Roy said, “January 1st will mark the 28th year that the Department of Conservation and Recreation has offered First Day Hikes making sure the public has new and fun outdoor recreational options to take part in this holiday. First Day Hikes provide a great start to the New Year, and are an excellent way for residents of all ages to enjoy the wonderful opportunities that await them in the Commonwealth’s state parks.” Across Massachusetts, visitors to the state parks system will find opportunities to experience unique and cultural treasures that are close to home. From hiking along mountain tops, to traversing through forests, visitors will find themselves surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Commonwealth’s natural landscapes. Park staff will lead the Massachusetts hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on location. Details about the hikes, difficulty, length, terrain, and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on DCR’s website. Hikers are also encouraged to tweet, post, and tag photos on social media using @MassDCR and #FirstDayHikes. In Massachusetts, hikes will be offered at the following twelve locations and times: BOSTON Old North Church Historic Site, 12:00pm Meet at the Old North Church Courtyard, Unity Street, Boston Hot chocolate will be available after the hike. CENTRAL Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 1:00pm 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge Meet at the Visitor Center. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Warm up after the hike at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center with hot cocoa and conversation. Willard Brook State Forest, 10:00am 599 Main Street, Townsend Meet at the Forest Headquarters. Wachusett Reservoir, 11:00am Chace Hill Road, Sterling Meet at Gate 35 at the intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Rd, Sterling NORTH Walden Pond State Reservation, 12:00pm 915 Walden Street/Route 126, Concord Meet at the New Visitor Center. Hot chocolate and light snacks will be available after the hike. Breakheart Reservation, 10:00am 177 Forest Street, Saugus Meet at the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center. Clam Chowder will be served following the hike. Harold Parker State Forest, 10:00am Meet at the Headquarters at 305 Middleton Rd. North Andover Warm up with a fire, hot chocolate and refreshments. SOUTH Blue Hills Reservation, 1:00pm 840 Hillside Street, Milton Meet Blue Hills Wildlife from noon – 1pm with Mass Audubon staff. Hikes begin at 1pm. Please arrive early and allow time for parking. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond parking lot at 840 Hillside St. Nantasket Beach Reservation, 11:00am Route 3A, Hull, Meet at the MJM Bathhouse at 204 Nantasket Ave. Hot Beverage will be served following the hike. Nickerson State Park, 11:00am 3488 Main Street, Brewster Meet at the Main Lot by the entrance Enjoy Hot Chocolate after the hike WEST Great Falls Discovery Center, 1:00pm 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls Meet in the Great Hall. Hot chocolate will be served following the hike. Granville State Forest, 10:30am 323 West Hartland Road, Granville Meet at the Park Headquarters Warm up afterwards with a fires and warm beverage.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Photo (l-r), Secretary Ash, Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito and Incoming Secretary Kennealy Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the departure of Housing and Economic Development (HED) Secretary Jay Ash, and introduced as incoming Secretary current HED Assistant Secretary for Business Growth, Mike Kennealy. Secretary Kennealy will be sworn in on Friday, December 28, 2018. Governor Charlie Baker said, “From day one, Jay has worked tirelessly with members of the Legislature, local officials and private companies to enhance economic development, housing and the life sciences industry in Massachusetts. Our administration will always be particularly thankful for his work to help reduce the number of homeless families living in hotels and motels, from over 1,500 to less than 40, and his focus on achieving economic growth across the entire Commonwealth. We thank Jay for his public service, wish him well in the future and look forward to welcoming Mike to the cabinet.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “Massachusetts cities and towns have had a tremendous partner and collaborator in Secretary Jay Ash throughout our administration’s first term,” “Drawing upon his successful career as Chelsea city manager, Jay has a keen understanding of municipal concerns and has helped local leaders build stronger communities. From the substantial reach and impact of MassWorks to the development of new tools to prepare underutilized sites for development and create collaborative workspaces, Jay has been a driving force in economic growth. I join Governor Baker in wishing him all the best and look forward to working alongside Mike going forward.” Secretary Jay Ash said, “I am proud of what we have accomplished together to grow and strengthen Massachusetts’ economy over the past four years as we worked to empower communities to achieve their economic potential, ensuring prosperity could be shared across the Commonwealth. Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito led by example, engaging local and state officials and our vibrant business and nonprofit sectors in an active dialogue, and we followed by identifying opportunities for investment and areas where we could create more support. It was an honor to visit over 200 cities and towns over the last four years. I have been energized and inspired by the ingenuity and tenacity of our municipal, community and business leaders, and I am grateful to Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for asking me to serve in this capacity. Incoming Secretary Mike Kennealy is uniquely qualified and played an instrumental role in our first term achievements. Finally, I would like to thank the talented and committed professionals in EOHED and across the administration, who have been generous with their time and talent, and totally committed to the Commonwealth.” Incoming Secretary Kennealy said, “It has been an honor to serve as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth under Secretary Ash, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito over the last four years and I am excited to take on the role of Secretary. I have been inspired by the ingenuity and drive in our diverse communities and companies and I look forward to working with the Administration, Legislature, local officials and members of the non-profit and private sectors across the Commonwealth to grow Massachusetts’ nation-leading innovation economy and continue to make progress on important issues like affordable housing and homelessness.” Under Secretary Ash’s leadership, the Baker-Polito Administration conceived and pursued an economic development strategy entitled “Opportunities for All” to bring vitality to communities, prosperity to people and growth for businesses in all regions of the Commonwealth. Key accomplishments include: • Transitioned over 1,400 homeless families out of hotels and motels, from 1,500 in 2015 to under 40 today. • Partnered with the Legislature to pass two billion-dollar economic development packages in 2016 and 2018, the $1.8 billion housing bonding bill and a $623 million life sciences bill to ensure our continued leadership in this sector on a national and global basis. • Delivered $12.5 million in state funding to the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield, a state of the art facility that will have the potential to serve as life sciences hub for the region. • Supported Worcester’s revitalization, including the redevelopment of the Canal District with a recently-announced $35 million infrastructure and HDIP affordable housing investment, made in conjunction with Pawtucket Red Sox relocation, announced in August. • Partnered with Springfield on six projects designed to revitalize its downtown revitalization, including the October announcement of the $2.5 refurbishment of the Paramount Theater, a lynchpin project for the city. • Played an important role in Lynn’s economic revitalization as a member of the Lynn Economic Advancement and Development (LEAD) Team – launching a number of commercial and housing projects, including Gateway North residences, which opened in 2018. • Served on Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet (comprised of EOLWD, EOHED, EOE secretaries) and drove the creation of 7 regional workforce plans, over $50 million in Skills Capital Grants and the launch of the first registered tech apprenticeship program in the state. • Helped facilitate expansions from leading companies like GE, Kronos, MassMutual, MilliporeSigma and Siemens. About Mike Kennealy: In early 2015, Mike Kennealy joined the Baker-Polito Administration as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth in the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development. As Assistant Secretary, Kennealy has played an integral role in advancing the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development across the entire Commonwealth and has provided leadership in key sectors, including serving as co-chair of the board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Kennealy combines a successful track record in the private sector with a strong commitment to the public good. He began his career in private equity at TA Associates, a Boston-based firm. In 1997, he joined Spectrum Equity, a private equity firm founded in 1994 with offices in Boston and San Francisco. During his more than 15 years at Spectrum, he helped grow the firm to become an established market leader with nearly $5 billion in assets under management and investments in over 100 high-growth internet, software and information services companies. After his career in private equity, Kennealy spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools, where he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives to support the school district’s turnaround plan. Kennealy and his family live in Lexington, Massachusetts, where they have been highly involved in town government, education and youth sports. He has served on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Prep in Danvers since 2009 and currently serves as Chairman, and he serves on the Board of Visitors for The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. Kennealy received a A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
TOURISM VISITATION & SPENDING HIT RECORD-HIGH IN MASSACHUSETTS
Photo: Nantucket Christmas (Boston) –– December 17, 2018 – The travel and tourism industry in Massachusetts had a record-setting year in 2017, with nearly 29 million domestic and international visitors spending $22.86 billion in the Commonwealth, a 4.8% increase over 2016. This direct spending generated $1.5 billion in combined state and local taxes, an increase of 4.4% from 2016, according to Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). Domestic travel direct spending in Massachusetts grew to $18.73 billion, a 4.6% increase, while international visitors spent $4.13 billion in 2017, a 5.7% increase from the previous year, according to numbers released by the U.S. Travel Association and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The significant increase of 5.7% in international visitor spending sharply contrasts with international spending in the rest of the U.S., which increased by a mere 0.1%. “Massachusetts continues to be a global destination, thanks to our wonderful tourism assets, our strong innovation economy, and world-class educational and research centers,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “International and domestic visitors contribute to the Commonwealth’s steady job growth and its overall economic vitality.” The number of jobs increased by 3,100 over 2016, to a total of 149,400 jobs in 2017. These jobs range from entry level positions to middle management jobs to career paths, underscoring the diversity of the Commonwealth’s travel and tourism industry. “Massachusetts workers, families, businesses and communities all benefit from our industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham. “New jobs help nurture small businesses, which form the backbone of the Massachusetts economy.” “Thanks to 58 international and 76 domestic direct route flights in and out of Logan International Airport, travelers have more options than ever to visit Massachusetts,” said Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Francois-Laurent Nivaud. “Our abundant cultural, historical, culinary and outdoor activities and robust leisure and hospitality industry have made Massachusetts a four-season destination for visitors.” For more information visit massvacation.com. Note: The United States Department of Commerce recently revised their 2016 overseas volume estimates to the U.S. and all the states. These revisions sharply increased the volume and spending numbers contained in the above international estimates for both 2017 and 2016. About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international visitors. MOTT highlights the state’s culture, history, cuisine and outdoor resources, working closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA.
Massport, JetBlue Launch New Direct Air Between Boston & Havana
In November, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and JetBlue announced the launch of the airline’s nonstop flight from Boston to Havana, Cuba. This marks the airline’s 68th nonstop destination from Boston and the Logan International Airport’s 56th international destination. The weekly JetBlue flight will fly from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Havana’s José Martí International Airport on Saturdays. Similar to Logan, the Havana airport is located close to the city’s center. Havana is the capital of Cuba, an island in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean intersect. The island is 90 miles off the coast of Florida and has a population of 11 million people. The city of Havana has a notable collection of Art Deco architecture including hotels, residences and storefronts and is well known for its vintage automobiles from the 1950s, hand-rolled cigars and white sandy beaches. Giselle Cortes, director, international BlueCities, JetBlue, said, “As the leading carrier in Boston and the first airline to operate commercial service between the U.S. and Cuba, we are thrilled to celebrate another first as the only airline to offer nonstop service from Boston to Havana. Bostonians will benefit from the new, once-weekly service, which complements JetBlue’s existing nonstop routes from New York, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando – more U.S. gateways than any other airline.” During the past decade, the number of international nonstop destinations from Logan has more than doubled from 27 to 56 and international passengers now account for almost 19 percent of travelers. In 2017, more than 7 million international passengers traveled through Logan’s newly renovated Terminal E. JetBlue is the leading carrier in Boston based on number of flights, customers carried and nonstop destinations served. Additionally, JetBlue customers can take advantage of the airline’s more than a dozen partnerships with international carriers – such as Emirates, EL AL, Aer Lingus, Etihad, Qatar Airways and Cape Air – offering destinations around the world. JetBlue is on track to reach 200 daily departures at Logan in the coming years.
TripAdvisor Unveils a New Site and Mobile Experience
TripAdvisor co-founder and CEO Stephen Kaufer introduces the new site TripAdvisor, a Massachusetts company based in Needham, announced plans to launch a new site and mobile experience that will make it easier for its customers to enhance their travel by curating social media influencers and select travel media like National Geographic and Conde-Nast Traveler. Currently in beta, the new TripAdvisor site and mobile experience is set to launch globally to the public later this year across all markets and languages where the company operates. TripAdvisor co-founder and CEO Stephen Kaufer said at a presentation in New York City, “Years ago, we revolutionized how people planned their trips by enabling travelers to benefit from the wisdom of the crowds. We have the most robust data helping us understand what all of you are going through when you’re planning this trip—which stage you’re in, where you’re looking, the past trips you’ve taken.” To date, more than 500 social media influencers, well-known consumer brands, publishers and travel partners have joined the new TripAdvisor. In addition, TripAdvisor’s team of destination experts and TripAdvisor Media Group brands, including Smarter Travel, Cruise Critic and TheFork.com, will also contribute to the site experience through unique profiles. Members will be able to follow favorite brands like National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel Channel, Business Insider & Insider Guides, PopSugar, Great Big Story, Pandora Music, GoPro, Goop, NYC & Company (via their consumer-facing tourism website, nycgo.com), Nashville Music City, and The Knot, among many others. Members will also be able to follow leading social media influencers like television personality and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis, as well as travel bloggers, like TravelBabbo. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com. About TripAdvisor TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 661 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering approximately 7.7 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 456 million average monthly unique visitors, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.
Hawaiian Airlines says Aloha Massachusetts + New England
Massport announced that Hawaiian Airlines will begin nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Oauu, Honolulu starting on April 4, 2019. At 5,095 miles, Hawaiian’s BOS-HNL route becomes the longest regularly scheduled domestic route in U.S. history, according to airline officials. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said, “The Commonwealth is excited to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to Logan Airport, providing a new connection between our states. This route will provide travelers from Hawaii direct access to all that the Commonwealth has to offer, including our nation-leading innovation economy, while also making travel for New England residents to Hawaii easier.” Hawai‘i Governor David Ige said, “It’s important for our residents and visitors to have direct access to strategic destinations, and I thank Hawaiian Airlines, as our hometown carrier, for making it easier to connect with Boston and the Northeast.” Massport CEO Tom Glynn said the new route is “Logan’s 76th nonstop domestic destination, and with New Englanders coming off a long winter this flight’s start date is worth the wait. Providing more options for passengers is our goal, and I expect passengers will love the Hawaiian Airlines traveling experience with all the airline has to offer.” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said, “We look forward to sharing our warm hospitality with our New England guests whose vacation starts the minute they check in and step onto our plane.” Boston is the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Hawai‘i with nearly 500 people flying between eastern New England and the islands on any given day. Boston’s world-class educational and medical facilities are among the many attractions drawing Hawai‘i travelers to the Bay State. This new route adds to Hawaiian Airlines’ global network. The market between Boston Logan International (BOS) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) airports last year generated about $76 million in ticket sales. To celebrate the only nonstop service connecting Boston and Hawaii, Hawaiian is offering special roundtrip fares of $617 in the main cabin and $1,776 in first class featuring luxurious lie-flat leather seats. (Tickets must be purchased by Sunday and are good for travel from April 4-30. Blackout dates for travel to Hawaii are April 12-14, and to Boston from April 19-21). Starting with the inaugural flight on April 4, HA90 will depart HNL every day but Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at BOS the following morning at 6 a.m. Flight HA91 will depart BOS every day but Wednesday and Thursday at 8:55 a.m., except for Friday flights, which will depart at 8 a.m. The flights will arrive in Hawai‘i the same day at 2:35 p.m. and the Friday flight will arrive at 1:40 p.m. Both HNL arrival times offer guests ample time to settle into their accommodations and unwind with a Hawaiian sunset, or connect to Kaua‘i, Maui or the Island of Hawai‘i via the airline’s convenient schedule of some 170 daily interisland jet flights. Hawaiian’s Airbus A330 widebody aircraft offers spacious first class cabin featuring 18 lie-flat leather seats that transform into 180-degree beds at a roomy 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are ideally tailored to leisure guests such as couples, families and honeymooners, while offering functionality to the business traveler. About Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 14 years (2004-2017) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i. Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (12) than any other airline, along with service from China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system- wide.
Governor Baker & Plymouth 400 Announce Signature Events for 2020
On August 28, Governor Charlie Baker joined Plymouth 400 officials and elected officials to announce a series of Signature Events to mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival in Plymouth in 1620. Joining Governor Baker at the podium were Dusty Rhodes, Chair of the Plymouth Massachusetts 400 Commission; State Senator Vinny deMacedo, Plymouth & Barnstable District; State Representative Sarah Peake, 4th Barnstable District; Massachusetts Bureau of Indian Affairs Executive Director Jim Peters; Executive Director of Plymouth 400, Inc. Michele Pecoraro; President & General Manager of NBC Boston Mike St. Peters; and former Senate President of Massachusetts Therese Murray. Governor Baker called Massachusetts “a state of firsts, and what occurred in Plymouth in 1620 is a ‘first’ of ‘firsts.’ From Provincetown to Plymouth and beyond, many events are planned for 2020.” Here is a schedule of the Signature Events announced. Dusty Rhodes said, “The cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag and English peoples have significantly shaped the building of America and continue to provide lessons for our future. Further, the inclusion of the Native American perspective is one of the truly unique aspects of this commemoration as, historically, this perspective has been mishandled and misrepresented.” Michele Pecoraro said, “The same cornerstones that defined this moment in history are also defined by the themes of this commemoration: exploration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, immigration and thanksgiving. Each of Plymouth 400’s commemorative events and programs were specifically designed to highlight these themes.” Cape Cod is also part of the commemoration, since the Pilgrims initially landed off the coast of Provincetown prior to journeying up the coast to Plymouth in 1620. Established in 2011, Plymouth 400, Inc. is a non-profit organization has been working alongside the 35-member State Commission since January 2016. Together they are the architects of what is shaping up to be an epic commemoration of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620, a story that significantly shaped the building of America. Read more about Plymouth 400 here. For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.
MGM Springfield Resort & Casino Opens in Massachusetts
MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated luxury resort, officially opened its doors on Friday, August 24, 2018. Prior to the opening, thousands of visitors lined Main Street to enjoy a celebratory procession featuring hundreds of MGM Springfield employees, Cirque du Soleil performers, The Minutemen UMASS Marching Band, Indian Motorcycles, community partners and the Budweiser Clydesdales. On Thursday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby and other local officials joined MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren and MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the 3,000 jobs created with the resort’s opening. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our Administration is excited to officially welcome MGM to Springfield and we look forward to the new economic and job opportunities this project will help bring throughout the region. This project is a major investment in the workforce and economy of Western Massachusetts and also will provide support to several important partnerships between education centers and community organizations.” According to MGM, the resort combines the excitement and energy of Las Vegas with the rich historical context of Springfield, a city steeped in innovation and the arts. “With a 375-year legacy as a major crossroads of New England, Springfield is poised to join the likes of such hidden gems with the development of MGM Springfield leading a fresh wave of rediscovery in The City of Firsts,” said Murren. Covering three city blocks in downtown Springfield, the resort pays tribute to notable locals Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Emily Dickinson and offers restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Adam Sobel, and Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 winner Meghan Gill. It also features innovative lounges; a seven-screen luxury Regal Cinemas; 10-lane bowling alley within TAP Sports Bar; a Topgolf® Swing Suite; a serene spa; an expansive public art collection; A-list entertainment; and an open-air plaza activated daily with live music, pop-up-art galleries, food trucks and events. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said, “I applaud MGC staff for their steadfast commitment to the successful implementation of our strong gaming law and the persistent and collaborative focus on maximum job creation and economic development while also taking a proactive approach to the minimization of unintended consequences.” Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “I am proud and thankful of MGM’s nearly $1 billion belief, investment and partnership with our city. Here’s to continued success!” Executive Director Francois Nivaud, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), called MGM Springfield “a welcome addition to the vibrant tourism and hospitality amenities that make Western Massachusetts such an attractive destination to visitors from around the world. MGM has created unique partnerships with our local tourism industry and with small businesses so that the whole region can benefit. We look forward to welcoming new audiences from around the world to experience Massachusetts.” In an op-ed column on MassLive, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay Wydra said the new MGM facility “will tremendously strengthen the appeal of Western Mass as a visitor destination. We already offer our guests outstanding value, access and one-of-a-kind attractions, and MGM Springfield will expand those offerings and recognition in a dramatic fashion.” Find up-to-date information at MGM Springfield. For year tourist information, visit WesternMass and MassVacation.
Worcester Woos Red Sox Minor League Baseball Team to Central Massachusetts
The City of Worcester is the new home for the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate, thanks to a commitment from the Baker-Polito Administration and municipal leaders to redevelop Worcester’s Canal District through public infrastructure, market rate housing and roadway improvements. The announcement was made on Friday, August 17, as Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined the City of Worcester, private developers and the Red Sox to announce the state’s commitment for a redevelopment project in Worcester’s Canal District. The state has committed $35 million over the next two to three years, which will support new market rate housing through the Housing Development Incentive Program and support public infrastructure including the construction of a new parking garage funded through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. The 250-500 space city-owned garage will be located adjacent to the proposed ballpark, the construction of which will be funded by the City of Worcester. The new garage will also serve existing and planned commercial and residential development in the Canal District. Additionally, the state is engaging with the City to address public safety and traffic concerns in the Kelley Square area and is in the process of designing transportation improvements. Governor Charlie Baker said his Administration “is committed to working with our partners at the local level to support economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth to create jobs and strengthen communities. We are pleased to continue to invest in the City of Worcester and look forward to working together to welcome a premier professional ball team to the state.” Lieutenant Governor Polito called the project “an exceptional opportunity for growth and development for Worcester and for the Commonwealth with the announcement of this ball club planning to relocate to Central Massachusetts. Governor Baker and I are proud to support the revitalization of Worcester through various economic development tools and in partnership with the City, we continue to be focused on the Canal District and Kelley Square.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash called Worcester “a prime example of a community that uses all the available tools in the state’s economic development toolbox to realize its vision. As the city embarks on this large-scale redevelopment, we are fully behind the efforts to solidify the Canal District’s place as a ‘live, work, play’ destination.” The state has made a series of investments in Worcester’s Canal District to improve and accelerate the growth of this emerging commercial and residential area, including the new Fidelity Ice Rink, the Harding Green public market, The Edge at Union Station, student housing, and a variety of road reconstruction and streetscape projects. The Baker-Polito Administration’s support has extended beyond Canal District to other important projects throughout the city, including supporting business incubator space at 44 Portland Street and the redevelopment of Hanover Theater. Additionally, the state has provided over $43 million in MassWorks infrastructure grants to support projects throughout Worcester to improve the Main Street Central Business District, relocate Stearns Tavern, upgrades to the Front and Center section of City Square, and the long-term redevelopment of the Nurses’ Wing at the Worcester Senior Center. In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), which included a $500 million reauthorization of the MassWorks program to fund investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $250 million in new MassWorks authorization.
Massachusetts Awards $3.8 Million to Eight Communities and Cape Cod Region to Support Coastal Resiliency & the Maritime Economy
Marshfield Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced over $3.8 million in Seaport Economic Council Grants to support projects in eight communities and the Cape Cod region. The grants help coastal cities and towns strengthen their economy, support job growth and build resilience to climate change. The grants were approved at a Seaport Economic Council meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, following the ribbon cutting celebration for a new Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility at Marshfield’s Green Harbor Town Pier in Brant Rock. Governor Charlie Baker “Massachusetts maritime economy supports the Commonwealth’s coastal communities through tourism, commercial fishing, marine research, and shipping. Our Administration remains committed to strengthening these cities and towns through the funding, expertise, and leadership of the Seaport Economic Council and will continue to do so through new authorization from the economic development package signed last week.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, co-chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said the Administration is proud of “the phenomenal progress our coastal communities have made on vital projects, by leveraging state and local funding sources and forging local partnerships. Marshfield offers a tangible example, as it undertook an ambitious effort to create a modern, multi-use maritime center that will better support their thriving maritime economy and tourism-focused economy.” Housing and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk, vice chair for the Seaport Economic Council, said today’s awards “provide long-term economic benefits in coastal communities through environmental planning efforts on Cape Cod, construction and rehabilitation of harbor facilities in Salem, Hingham, Plymouth, Nantucket, and design and permitting efforts for planned projects.” In 2015, Marshfield received a $1 Million grant from the Seaport Economic Council to construct a modern Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility at the Town Pier in Green Harbor. The new 3,800 square foot building will improve services for local commercial fisherman and support the working waterfront. The building will also focus on increasing tourism, recreational boating, and fishing, and will link other waterfront infrastructure investments in the town, including the Harborwalk linking Harbor Park and the Esplanade of the Brant Rock business district. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $33 million in 70 grants across 38 communities. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $50 million in authorization for the Seaport Economic Council and $50 million for saltwater dredging projects, creating an individual program for focused funding that will build upon the $4 million 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program the Administration launched in July. The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. Investments in the coastal communities are crucial the Massachusetts’ economy, safety, and environment. The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to provide resources and programs, like the Seaport Economic Council Grants and dredging-focused programs – both the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program and the standalone dredging grant program to be funding through the economic development legislation signed by Governor Baker last week – to ensure that coastal communities can improve, strengthen, and protect the Commonwealth’s coastal assets. Awards: Cape Cod Cooperative Extension – $317,020 The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will enable the protection of coastal businesses, homes, property and infrastructure by precisely identifying and mapping “storm tide pathways,” the lowest elevation where water will begin to flow inland during a flood event. This project will provide field-verified data on where, when, and how storm surge and floodwaters approach and then inundate coastal communities. City of Gloucester – $110,000 Gloucester will use this award to support the Gloucester Fresh, a local seafood brand to: support all seafood industry small businesses along the supply chain through free marketing and promotional opportunities; increase sales and prices of Gloucester landed fish and lobster; and expand upon efforts to brand the Massachusetts Lobster and increase awareness of Gloucester as the #1 landing port for lobster. City of Salem – $741,200 Salem will fund the construction of two new public docking facilities and renovation of a severely deteriorated existing facility. This project will increase safety on the docks, create a space for short-term tie-ups and will improve expand public access to the water for both residents and visitors. Town of Chatham - $150,000 Chatham will fund the design and permitting phases for reconstruction of the Trap Dock Pier located on Stage Harbor. The project will design a replacement commercial fish offloading pier facility to improve and expand offloading capabilities in Stage Harbor. Town of Eastham – $80,000 Eastham will use this award for facilitating, planning and developing a Municipal Harbor and Waterways Management Plan to understand the greatest uses and needs of the town’s mooring area, as well as understanding future coastal changes to these areas due to storm surge. Town of Hingham – $370,000 Hingham will fund the replacement of the Maritime Center’s Main Docking System and the Sailing Floats. This re-construction of the aging dock system, will be able to sustain the community boating programs that use this space and also ensure that this resource continues to be available for future generations. Town of Marshfield – $95,000 Marshfield will use this award for a feasibility study on its aging commercial piers, wharfs and supportive concrete revetment walls. This study will seek ways to better conduct maritime business and repair the again infrastructure. Town of Nantucket – $1,000,000 The town of Nantucket will use this award to support improvements to the Town Pier, Harbormaster’s office, which supports 13,500 transient vessels each season and 45 ferry transits each day in season. The facility is comprised of 75 recreational slips and 20 slips assigned to commercial businesses such as; mooring providers, fishing charters, environmental habitat charters, boat rentals and a vessel towing company. Nantucket will fund replacement of the Harbormaster’s office, boater- public bathroom and shower facilities. Town of Plymouth – $1,000,000 Plymouth will use the award to create the Maritime Facility. The existing Harbormaster Facility is in poor condition with no bathroom facilities for the staff of the public, limited work space, and a variety of safety hazards. The harbor itself has approximately 1000 moorings and slips for both recreational and commercial boating for catching lobster, charter fishing, whale watching and aquaculture. The award will fund the new facility which will include transient boater facilities, public restrooms, and Harbormaster staff. The Maritime Facility will provide increased accessibility and support to all the commercial and recreational activities of Plymouth Harbor. Read the entire press release here.
August Moon Festivals Celebrate Chinese Community in Massachusetts
by Lia Jackson The August Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is the second largest festival in China. It began back in 771 BCE and is held in the middle of autumn, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, as a way to celebrate the harvest on a night of the full moon. Mooncakes are a popular and traditional food item at the Festival, which are served and eaten during the celebration to symbolize family unity. Massachusetts is fortunate to celebrate two August Moon Festivals, in Boston and Quincy. Visitors and local residents alike are welcome at each. Now in its 49th year, Boston’s Chinatown August Moon Festival (August 12) is a long day event (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) that is free and open to the public. Located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood at Beach Street and Harrison Avenue, the event s organized by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA), a group that promotes Chinese culture and traditions year round in the region. The Festival is filled with cultural performances as well as Chinese calligraphy, arts and crafts, along with various vendors of Chinese food and merchandise. The Festival also highlights what the CCBA and Chinatown has to offer the general public about the Chinese-American community. This year, Quincy is celebrating its 31st Annual Quincy August Moon Festival (August 19). Boston Magazine named it Boston’s Best Street Festival in 2018, and describes it like this: “Warm breezes, vibrant dragons and lions, and fresh-baked mooncakes filled with lotus-seed paste for the taking: This is the August Moon Festival, an always-boisterous street party commemorating the end of the harvest season. Chock full of cultural performances, it’s an action-packed day with arguably the best street food of any festival around.” The festival is organized by the Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster and improve the lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. The festival is held on Coddington Street, Quincy Center and runs from noon to 5 p.m. Activities include live music, food, a petting zoo, cultural performances and games. Enjoy these August Moon festivals in Massachusetts. For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com. Lia Jackson is a recent graduate of Fitchburg State University and an intern at the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism in summer 2018.
Massport & Korean Air Announce Direct Service Between Seoul and Boston in 2019
Massport and Korean Air announced a new nonstop service, set to launch in spring 2019 between Seoul, South Korea and Boston, Massachusetts. It marks the 5th nonstop destination to Asia from Boston Logan International Airport. Other Asian destinations include Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Korean Air will operate five days a week on a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, carrying nearly 270 passengers, including six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class sleeper suites, and 245 seats in economy class. Service is expected to begin between Logan (BOS) and Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) next spring. Seoul Incheon has been named one of the best airports in the world numerous times since 2000, most recently ranked 2nd by Skytrax. As the capital of South Korea, Seoul is one of the most populated cities in the world with more than 10 million residents. More than 24,000 individuals of Korean descent live in Massachusetts, including nearly 5,000 in Boston. Governor Charlie Baker said that his Administration “is committed to supporting access to economic development and growth across the Commonwealth. This new nonstop flight to Seoul will continue to strengthen Massachusetts’ international community and promote additional opportunities for residents, employers and visitors.” South Korea’s economy is ranked the 11th largest in the world and 4th largest in Asia. The country is also home to the headquarters of 15 Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung, LG Electronics, Hyundai and Kia, representing two of South Korea’s important exports: technology and automobiles. Korean Air’s Managing Vice President John Jackson said that Boston, “with its numerous universities and colleges, is a growing New England hub attracting companies in fast-growing industries like IT, bio-technology, healthcare, finance and pharmaceuticals.” In 2016, 66,500 South Koreans came to Massachusetts, spending $115 and generating $7 in state and local taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said, “Connecting New England with the global economy is a key part of Massport’s mission. Offering nonstop service to South Korea, one of the world’s largest economies, has been a priority and we are happy that it has come to fruition. We welcome Korean Air to Logan and look forward to connecting not only our economies, but students, families and tourists as well.” Other business and tourism industry leaders welcomed the news. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Pat Moscaritolo called the announcement “terrific news for Boston’s visitor industry. South Korea is a top ten overseas source market for Boston, sending nearly 70,000 annual visitors to our city, and Korean Air directly services dozens of cities across China and Japan, which means Seoul is poised to become a major feeder city for Boston.” Boston’s Chief of Economic Development John F. Barros said, “As the City of Boston becomes an increasingly large presence in the global economy, international connections and partners are vital to our success. Commitments like these continue to bolster Boston’s tourism and business communities.” Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President and CEO James Rooney said, “Connecting Boston with more international destinations increases opportunities for our talented workforce and helps make the Commonwealth more attractive for a variety of industries. Mass Competitive Partnership President and CEO Dan O’Connell said, “Nonstop air service is key to making Massachusetts competitive in the world marketplace. Connecting the Commonwealth with major international economies has great benefits.” Sustaining Massachusetts’ competitive edge in international travel is critical to the state’s highly travel-dependent and diversified economy; spread across sectors such as biotechnology, healthcare, education, and medical scientific research. Massport has worked to increase the number of options for international nonstop flights that help make Boston more attractive to foreign companies looking at U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth. International passengers fly through Logan’s newly renovated Terminal E. The Terminal E Renovation and Enhancements project, completed in 2016, improved the customer experience throughout the terminal. The project added 95,000 square feet of space and renovated three existing gates to accommodate larger aircraft. The project was designed to make Terminal E a true international gateway to Massachusetts and New England.
Governor Baker Signs Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget into law. The $41.232 billion plan reinforces the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to structurally balancing the state budget, while investing $4.91 billion towards K-12 education, providing over $200 million to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic, increasing funding to build stronger communities and supporting the state’s workforce from job growth to public transit. The FY19 budget anticipates a sizeable deposit in the Stabilization Fund, resulting in a net increase of $368 million for this fiscal year and a total balance of $2.15 billion by the end of FY19—which is nearly double the balance since the Baker-Polito Administration took office in 2015 and the highest amount in more than a decade. The budget reflects the Administration’s commitment to reducing the reliance on one-time sources of revenue, down from nearly $1.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 to $95 million in FY19, a decrease of 92%. Consistent with the administration’s previous budgets, this plan does not raise taxes or fees. The FY19 budget represents a 3.2% increase in spending over estimated spending in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). The total $41.232 billion in spending excludes the Medical Assistance Trust Fund transfer. Governor Baker said, “Since taking office, our Administration has worked to reduce an inherited budget deficit, build our reserves by over $1 billion and make targeted investments in education, the opioid epidemic and our cities and towns—all without raising taxes. We are pleased to sign a balanced budget that manages taxpayer dollars in a fiscally responsible way, while providing a tax break for working families and support for critical services for every resident. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and I appreciate our ongoing partnership with the Legislature to collaborate and compromise on this important blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year.” The Commonwealth’s investment in Chapter 70 education aid to local schools will reach an all-time high of $4.91 billion, an increase of $160.6 million over FY18 and $507 million since the Administration took office. The budget also includes an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit from 23% to 30% of the federal tax credit, and builds on an earlier increase from 15% to 23% signed by the Governor in 2015. The tax credit increase, which was included in the Governor’s FY19 budget proposal, will provide additional tax relief for 450,000 filers, allowing working families in Massachusetts to retain more of their earnings. Next year an income-eligible family with three qualifying dependent children will receive a tax credit of nearly $2,000, or $458 more than at the current rate. The budget also increases the dairy farm tax credit. The FY19 plan continues the Administration’s support of local communities with a $37.2 million increase in unrestricted local aid, to $1.1 billion, an increase of $153.2 million since taking office. The budget includes $5.3 million for the Community Compact Cabinet program, and FY19 funding will reach $6.8 million total, pending approval by the Legislature of $1.5 million in additional funds. Chaired by Lt. Governor Polito, the Community Compact promotes municipal best practices and supports efficiency and regionalization grants for cities and towns. As of May 2018, all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth have signed compacts with the Commonwealth. Lt. Governor Polito said, “Our Administration has made it a priority to be a reliable partner for cities and towns across the Commonwealth, and this budget reaffirms that commitment. This plan will make significant investments in education and local aid, as well as grant programs to support local economic development and public safety initiatives.” The FY19 budget continues the Administration’s focus on addressing opioid addiction and substance misuse, funding $203 million across multiple agencies (not including MassHealth) for treatment and services for individuals with substance use disorder, an approximately 70% increase since 2015. The budget will continue support for women’s addiction treatment services at Taunton State Hospital and programs at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Plymouth. The budget makes a major investment in behavioral health with a $109 million increase in funding for the Department of Mental Health, which includes $83.8 million for Adult Clinical Care Services to improve community-based services for adults with serious mental illness. The Department of Children and Families will receive $1 billion in funding, an increase of $34.2 million over FY18. Since 2015, funding for DCF has increased by $180.2 million, which has supported the hiring of more than 600 new employees to address the critical infrastructure needed to run the agency. The budget makes important progress toward funding accounts that traditionally have been underfunded and typically require significant supplemental appropriations, including snow and ice removal, legal services for the poor, and emergency shelter for the homeless. Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan said, “Working with our partners in the House and Senate we make great progress in this budget toward funding the cost of services that we know the Commonwealth will incur, to maintain structural balance, and to build our reserves, all of which are important to responsible budgeting. This budget is a continuation of our efforts to plan and spend taxpayer resources more efficiently and maximize our investments.” The Massachusetts Department of Transportation receives $582.5 million in funding, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. The MBTA will receive $127 million in state support in FY19 to build on the Administration’s commitment to improve financial sustainability at the T, in addition to the annual $1 billion sales tax transfer. As part of the budget-signing, Governor Baker vetoed $49 million in gross spending, including 297 earmarks. Of 110 outside sections, the Governor signed 91, and returned 19 to the Legislature with proposed amendments. In addition to signing the budget today, Governor Baker urged the Legislature to act on a supplemental budget proposal filed on July 13 that invests $150 million for new programs to support education and school safety, including $40 million to fund more school counselors, social workers and psychologists, $30 million for targeted intervention and turnaround efforts in school districts with high concentrations of low-income students and $15 million to fund community college scholarships to cover unmet tuition costs for students with financial need. The supplemental budget also recommends an additional $50 million to fund local road and bridge projects. Link to FY19 Budget
50th Annual FESTIVAL BETANCES CELEBRATES PUERTO RICAN + Latin Culture in Massachusetts
The 50th Annual Festival Betances is taking place on July 21-22, 2018 at Villa Victoria, located at 100 W. Dedham Street in Boston’s South End. The two-day festival celebrates Puerto Rican culture, including music, dance, food, visual arts and other traditions. In addition, the festival features a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, a greased pole competition, children’s activities like face painting and inflatables, and other activities that highlight the diversity of Latino culture. Among the performers this year are world-renowned artists including Andy Montañez, Giro López, Julio César Sanabria, and 3NITY featuring Zayra Pola. Here is a video of 3NITY performing Summertime. Band members met at the Berklee College of Music, forming the first all-female Latin band in Boston. The festival is organized each year by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a non-profit organization and a dynamic community development corporation that started in the South End neighborhood of Boston, to address displacement of low-income families due to urban development. IBA offers affordable housing and supportive programming to improve the knowledge, life skills and health of participants of all ages. Festival Betances is named after Ramón Emeterio Betances, a Puerto Rican patriot whose medical contributions benefited Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. He also became a leader in awakening national consciousness in Puerto Rico, and is considered one of the foremost intellectuals of the 19th century. There is a plaza and a mural dedicated to him where the festival is held. Read more about the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund launched in October 2017 by the Boston Foundation and elected officials such as Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Dr. Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee, is CEO of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción. Find more jazz and world music festivals in Massachusetts this year by visiting MassJazz.com. For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach Center Opens at New Balance World Headquarters in Brighton
One of the world’s most successful sports franchises, the Boston Celtics, recently opened its new Red Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters, a state-of-the-art, 70-000 square-foot practice facility located at Boston Landing in the Allston/Brighton neighborhood. The building was named to honor Red Auerbach, the organization’s patriarch who led the Celtics to their first 16 world championships. The grand opening on June 18 was attended by public officials including Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, State Representative Kevin Honan, along with Managing Partner and Team Governor Wyc Grousbeck, New Balance Chairman Jim Davis and other sports, civil and business leaders. Governor Baker called Boston Landing “a great example of successful collaboration between the private and public sector to expand development opportunities for the Allston-Brighton community. Our administration has been pleased to play a role in this area’s expansion and we look forward to seeing the Boston Celtics and New Balance honor Red Auerbach’s legacy and use the space to build leaders on the court and in the community.” Mayor Walsh said, “This new facility brings our Celtics home, so they won’t just be winning in Boston, but they’ll be training in Boston as well. I thank the Celtics and New Balance for making Boston a championship city, for earning the banners, for honoring Red’s legacy and putting an emphasis on community, making sure the spirit of the team also extends into Boston’s neighborhoods.” Representative Honan said, “It was a pleasure to attend the Grand Opening of the Red Auerbach Center last month. We are very excited to have such a storied franchise practice in this state-of-the art training facility in our neighborhood. I have fond memories of attending a Celtics practice at Brandeis University and sitting next to Red Auerbach himself and hearing his commentary on all of the players. It has been wonderful to watch the tremendous growth surrounding Boston Landing.” Grousbeck called the new Center “the foundation on which future great Celtics teams will be built. We are so glad to honor Red, the architect of Celtic Pride, in this way, and to work with New Balance to build this stunning facility.” Davis said, “New Balance is extremely proud to join with the Boston Celtics in honoring Red Auerbach’s professional achievements and personal values of teamwork and integrity through the opening of ‘Red’s House’ at Boston Landing. Red Auerbach was a true entrepreneur whose passion for winning and dedication to the sport of basketball and the Boston Celtics was equally matched with his commitment to people and the Boston community.” Among the features of the new facility: • Two full-sized parquet floor NBA basketball courts • Sports science lab and performance equipment, including floor-embedded force plates, • and other systems for detailed player-performance data collection • Expanded strength and conditioning, training, and recovery facilities, including a 40-foot • exercise pool, hydrotherapy pools and a float tank • Medical exam room with GE Medical Imaging and measuring equipment • Specially attuned energy efficient GE lighting systems • Full commercial kitchen and nutrition facilities • Leading edge audio-visual technology throughout the facility • Best-in-class players’ locker rooms, auxiliary men’s and women’s locker rooms, players’ • lounge, and nap room • Expanded media work room, press conference, and broadcast facilities • Flexible hospitality area designed for community relations activities, partner gatherings, • and other guest events • Enhanced work space for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs Find out about year round sporting events in Massachusetts by visiting the Mass Sports Marketing Office. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com. About Boston Landing Boston Landing is a mixed-use development encompassing approximately 15 acres of land along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood. Located along Guest Street, the property is a former industrial area that once served as the region’s largest stockyard. The revitalization of this development will turn the area into a vibrant 21st century destination for like-minded companies, with a focus on work/life balance. Boston Landing’s vision is to create a state-of-the-art development that complements the existing neighborhood fabric through the creation of new office space, retail stores, restaurants, and sports-related uses. In addition to the Boston Celtics Practice and Training Facility, Boston Landing is currently home to the New Balance World Headquarters, the Boston Bruins Practice and Training Facility and companies such as Bose, Roche, Proteostasis and Mass Innovation Labs.
New “Work of Leisure” Report Studies Massachusetts Hospitality & Tourism Industry
A new study entitled The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts’ Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry was presented to state and city tourism leaders on June 19. Prepared by UMass/Boston Donahue Institute for The Boston Foundation and Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the report finds that the leisure, hospitality and tourism industry “employs 376,000 workers and generates more than $28 billion in economic output on its own – and its spending and economic activity spins off another 232,000 jobs and $41 billion in additional output.” Read the full report here.
Mass Preservation Awards include Tourism Sites
As part of Preservation Month in the Bay State, the Massachusetts Historical Commission held a public ceremony on May 16 at the Massachusetts Archives Building, recognizing 10 worthy projects and individuals throughout Massachusetts. Several tourism sites were included, such as the Paul Revere House in Boston, The Mass MoCA in North Adams, and the Eustis Estate and Museum in Milton. The project awardees included the Chinatown Atlas in Boston; Paul Revere House Education and Visitor Center in Boston’s North End; Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library in Essex; Fitchburg Yarn Works in Fitchburg; the Eustis Estate & Museum in Milton; MASS MoCA Building #6 in North Adams; Joseph Simes House in Plymouth; Virginia Adams, Reading Historical Commission; Fire Alarm and Telegraph Building in Worcester. Individual awards also went to Minxie and James Fannin, Fannin–Lehner Preservation Consultants, in Concord, and Virginia Adams, local preservationist in Reading. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, chair of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, spoke at the assembly and praised the preservation community for its work. He said Preservation Month “provides an opportunity to discover and appreciate the Commonwealth’s historic resources and to recognize that historic preservation benefits all of us, enhancing all our lives.” 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Preservation Awards Program. Observed nationally since 1973, Preservation Month is an opportunity for organizations large and small to promote preservation, historic places, and community pride through celebrations and other events. Communities and organizations around Massachusetts are sponsoring numerous preservation activities during the month of May that celebrate the State House, Room 337, Boston, Massachusetts 02133 Commonwealth’s rich and diverse heritage. More information is available from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and local historical commissions. Find additional information about the Massachusetts Historical Commission here.
Massport Launches 2018 Cruise Season in Boston
Massport’s 2018 cruise season kicked off this month with an official event at the Flynn Cruiseport in South Boston. The event gathered together local elected officials, members of the South Boston community, tourism leaders, cruise ship operators and local businesses to usher in a robust season of cruise ships coming in to Seaport. Among the new itineraries announced: - Holland America Line is offering two 14-day cruises to Cuba, departing June 23 and August 4 aboard the MS Veendam. - Norwegian Cruise is offering a 14-Day Eastern Caribbean tour departing October 26 on Norwegian Dawn. - Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is offering three 7-night Bermuda sailings, departing September 23 and October 7 aboard the Serenade of the Seas. - Along with these new itineraries, Massport continues to offer great weekly escapes to Bermuda and the beautiful fall itineraries throughout Canada and New England. In addition, a new park was dedicated to the late William J. “Hank” “Skippy” Miller, a longshoreman and past president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 800. Massport has invested nearly $20M in capital improvements to the Flynn Cruiseport, contributing to strong growth in ship calls and passenger volume. Larger ships, two to three times the size calling the Port today, are now seeking Boston as a homeport. Flynn Cruiseport Boston handled a record 388,222 visitors during the 2017 cruise season and approximately 400,000 are expected in 2018. Cruise calls will stretch through November, with 150 visits from 35 ships of 19 lines. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Massachusetts is one of the top ten states benefitting economically from the global cruise industry. CLIA estimates the cruise industry contributes more than $485 million annually to the Massachusetts economy. To date, the Massachusetts cruise industry has generated nearly 2,000 jobs and about $24 million in annual federal and state tax revenue. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said that the Boston seaport “continues to draw more cruise passengers as both a port of call and a starting point for longer journeys to Canada, the Caribbean and beyond. The men and women employed at the Cruiseport provide a warm welcome to those traveling through and recognize the significant impact tourism has on the Commonwealth and the country as a whole.” Massport’s Port Director Lisa Wieland called the Port of Boston “a popular cruise destination enticing visitors from around the world with extensive history, culture, shopping and world class culinary experiences. Looking ahead to the future, Boston will continue to grow as both an embarkation port and destination port of call for multiple cruise lines as we improve our infrastructure and expand our itineraries.” Flynn Cruiseport is located in the vibrant Seaport District. It is easily accessible from both I-90 and I-93 and minutes from Logan International Airport. Those who are interested should visit www.massport.com/cruiseport/ to learn more.
Celebrate Cape Verdeans in Massachusetts
By Francisco Fernandes Tavares Massachusetts is proud of its diverse population of residents representing dozens of ethnic communities and more than 140 languages from around the world. One of the most prominent is the Cape Verdean community, concentrated in Boston and nearby cities and towns like Quincy, Randolph, Somerville and Cambridge; and also South of Boston in Brockton, Taunton, Fall River, New Bedford and Cape Cod. The community is represented by the Cabo Verde Consulate located at 300 Congress Street in Quincy. While the official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, Cape Verdeans also speak a unique Creole dialect as well. Portuguese is the third most commonly spoken language in Massachusetts, representing people from Brazil, Cape Verde, Portugal, Azores and Madeira. Here are a few suggestions on how to discover Cape Verdean culture and heritage in Massachusetts. GREATER BOSTON Boston has over 40,000 Cape Verdean residents, mostly concentrated in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury neighborhoods. Recognizing these strong ties, the City of Boston signed a Sister City Agreement with Praia, Cape Verde in 2015 to foster economic, social and cultural exchange between these two cities. The Cape Verdean Independence Festival on July 4th at Boston City Hall Plaza is a great way to experience Cape Verdean culture up close. Attendees can enjoy live music, arts, food, children’s activities and the raising of the Cape Verdean flag. For those looking to enjoy authentic Cape Verdean cuisine, look no further than Cesaria, a popular Cape Verdean restaurant located at 266 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. Cesaria offers popular authentic Cape Verdean dishes, including Catchup, a slow simmered stew made of hominy, pork, beans, carrots and collard greens. NEW BEDFORD New Bedford is proud of its Cape Verdean heritage, culture and history, which date back to the 1790s, when New Bedford whaling ships stopped in Cape Verde for supplies. The Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibits, opened in 2011 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, reflects this illustrious history. New Bedford is also the official home for the Schooner Ernestina, which was aligned with Cape Verde through much of the 20th century. The ship was built in 1894 and brought many Cape Verdean immigrants to the U.S. In 1982, it was returned to Massachusetts, presented as a gift from the Cape Verdean people. Ernestina is currently being refurbished and will serve as an educational vessel and tourist attraction when it returns to port. New Bedford Director of Tourism & Marketing Dagny Ashley describes New Bedford’s Cape Verdean community as “proud, passionate and inspiring to the community, myself and the city. They work hard to share and preserve the stories of Cape Verde’s culture and people, inspiring future generations while celebrating the Cape Verdean past and present connections to New Bedford and beyond.” The annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade, taking place on July 7th, 2018, celebrates Cape Verdean independence and the heritage of New Bedford. Participants can enjoy music, live bands, floats, dancers and more. Ashley calls Cape Verdeans “part of New Bedford’s fabric. Its history is woven and embedded in the city, dating back to the 1800’s. Along with many other groups, the Cape Verdean community helps make the City of New Bedford rich in history, culture and traditions.” BROCKTON Brockton has the third largest Cape Verdean population in Massachusetts, and is the only city to have an official Cape Verdean Heritage Day, organized by the Cape Verde Association of Brockton. The centerpiece of this year’s 24th Annual CV DAY Festival is on Sunday July 29, from 2 – 8 p.m. in Brockton. Also, the Association hosts an annual Gala, taking place on August 21 at Santana Restaurant and Hall in Brockton. CAPE COD In Hyannis, visit the Zion Union Heritage Museum, which celebrates the African-American, Cape Verdean and Wampanoag people of Cape Cod, as well as people who arrived here more recently from Brazil and the Caribbean. Coming up on June 2 at the Museum is “Sing Sistah Sing!” a tribute to female singers from these communities that have contributed to blues, jazz, gospel and opera. Also on Cape Cod, check out the Cape Verdean Club of Falmouth, the oldest of its kind in the United States. The Club holds an annual Cape Verdean Festival in September. Massachusetts is home to many vibrant ethnic communities, making the state a promising destination to witness and experience multiple cultures and traditions. You can find out about other multicultural communities by visiting MassVacation.com. *** Francisco ‘Cisco’ Tavares is an intern at Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. He attends Emmanuel College, Boston where he is working on his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business, with a Concentration in Marketing. Cisco is Treasurer of the Cape Verdean Student Association at Emmanuel.
Massachusetts Masterpiece Trail Showcases Art Throughout the Commonwealth
A distinctive, wide-ranging collection of art, sculpture and crafts is readily available to visitors and residents in Massachusetts, thanks to the new Masterpiece Trail unveiled this week by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). The curated Masterpiece Trail ranges from world-renowned works to hidden gems, all of them housed in 24 art galleries and museums throughout the Bay State. MOTT Executive Director Francois Nivaud said the Trail enables visitors to “continue their journey to other museums and see an unparalleled collection of artwork from world-renowned artists – housed right here in Massachusetts.” The release of the Masterpiece Trail coincides with ArtWeek MA, taking place from April 27-May 6. Some of the highlights include: . Sculptor Daniel French’s plaster model of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. . Folk Artist Erastus Salisbury Field’s “Historical Monument of the American Republic” . Painter Norman Rockwell’s iconic masterpiece, “Home for Christmas” . Painter John Singer Sargent’s “Fumee D’ Ambre Gris” . Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo’s “Dos Mujeres” For more information on the Masterpiece Trail, visit Mass Vacation.
Massachusetts Hosts Discover New England Summit
In April, more than 400 travel professionals attended the 23rd Annual Discover England Tourism Summit & International Marketplace at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth. Approximately 300 New England tourism attractions, hotels, restaurants and destination marketing organizations attended to learn about new ways to harness the growth brought about by new flights, new markets and new tourism products. The highlight of the event was a marketplace where tourism professionals from New England met directly with international tour and receptive operators, educating them about their travel products, establishing relationships and initiating contracts for both group tours and foreign independent travelers. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism met with 85 buyers from the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. Discover New England Executive Director Lori Harnois said, “The summit is the only event of its kind in New England. Each year, our tourism industry comes together to develop business relationships with top international travel professionals who organize, package and market U.S. trips to many thousands of overseas visitors each year.” In 2016 New England hosted 2.1 million overseas visitors who spent $6.1 billion traveling to New England destinations, according to the most recent data available from research firm Travel Market Insights. MOTT Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud welcomed the delegates to the conference, and gave an overview of the state’s activities in tourism. “In 2016, New England hosted 2.1 million visitors who spent $6.1 billion traveling throughout our region,” Nivaud said. “Thanks to Massport’s steady expansion to 55+ international direct routes from Logan Airport, there has never been a better time for New England to capitalize on welcoming the world to our region.” Nivaud discussed the 400th anniversary of Plymouth in 2020, “which recognizes the settlement of the early Europeans as well as the Indigenous People already living here. Making history a central part of the visitor experience in the decade ahead is an initiative that all of New England can work on together.” This year’s keynote speaker was U.S Travel Association’s President and CEO Roger Dow, who said, “The potential value of the Discover New England summit to the region’s destinations and hospitality businesses cannot be overstated. The ability to connect with dozens upon dozens of influential travel buyers all at one event provides tremendous bang for the marketing buck, and will elevate the region’s entire economy and jobs base with the huge volume of visitors they will bring on the back end. I, for one, am honored to be participating in the summit this year.” Find more information about Discover New England. To learn about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Boston Ranked Number One Summer Vacation Destination
U.S. News & World Report released its new rankings of the Best Summer Vacations in the USA and awarded Boston the number one spot for 2018. Boston offers visitors endless historical sights to discover and beautiful ocean views to admire along its harbor. Travelers often join Sox fans at Fenway Park or shoppers on Newbury Street. Alongside other cities ranked as top summer vacations, Boston is also an ideal getaway for visitors looking for family-friendly and affordable experiences, according to the report. The top 20 domestic destinations were considered and selected from more than 700 destinations around the United States. The U.S. News uses an unbiased methodology that combines the analysis of expert and user opinions. The Best Summer Vacations were ranked on components including seasonality and affordability, as well as categories ranging from sights, culture, and people to nightlife and adventure. Boston is also ranked second under Washington D.C. for Best Historical Destinations in the U.S. Find visitor information about Boston and Massachusetts.
MassEcon Welcomes 17 new Companies to MA
Last week, Governor Charlie Baker joined MassEcon officials and 125 business, academic and political leaders to welcome seventeen companies new to Massachusetts at the 10th Annual Corporate Welcome Reception annual Corporate Welcome Reception, held at Sanofi Genzyme’s headquarters in Cambridge. The annual gathering is designed to promote Massachusetts as an outstanding place to locate, start or expand a business. Of the 17 new companies setting up in Massachusetts, two are global headquarters, two are United States headquarters and one is a North American headquarter. Governor Baker said, “Massachusetts continues to succeed in attracting new jobs, development and investment from around the world and we are excited for the role these new companies will play in our economy and communities in the years to come. There’s no better state in which to write the next chapter in whatever your story is going to be.” MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston said, “Over the past 10 years, we’ve welcomed nearly 150 new companies to Massachusetts, and the 17 we are recognizing today are terrific additions to the Commonwealth’s economic landscape. We look forward to supporting their growth.” Houston highlighted two made-in-Massachusetts companies: Sanofi Genzyme, formed in 1981 and today the largest biopharma company in the Commonwealth with 5,000 employees; and Kronos, founded in 1977 by an MIT alumnus, and today is a technology leader in cloud-based human relations solutions, with 1,500 employees in its Lowell headquarters and 5,300 employees worldwide. Sanofi Genzyme Executive Vice President Bill Sibold said, “We believe Massachusetts is the best place to start, grow, and develop a company.” Governor Baker was introduced by MassEcon Chairman and Vice President for Academic and Corporate Engagement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Stephen Flavin, noted that these 17 companies collectively absorbed 153,000 square feet of commercial space across the state. Here is the list of 17 new companies, including where they came from and where they located to in Massachusetts since January 1, 2017. • Alexion, Connecticut→ Boston • Asics Creation Studios, California → Boston • Avianca Airlines, Colombia → Boston • CELLINK, Sweden → Cambridge • CILcare, France → Cambridge & Lexington • Fresenius Kabi Compounding, Germany → Canton • Histo-Scientific Research Laboratories, Virginia → Worcester • iboss, California → Boston • IndusPAD, California → Lawrence/Methuen • Level, Spain → Boston • LexaGene, Canada → Beverly • The Muck Boot Company, Rhode Island → Westwood • Mustang Bio, New York → Waltham & Worcester • PainQX, New York → Boston • Smartsheet, Washington → Boston • StemTek Therapeutics, Spain → Cambridge • Tufin, Israel → Boston ABOUT MASSECON MassEcon is a private non-profit entity that serves as the state’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth. Launched in 1993 by the Governor’s Council for Growth and Technology, MassEcon promotes Massachusetts by providing information services to companies seeking to expand or relocate to the state. MassEcon’s services include the Site Finder Service, the Research & Information Service, and the Massachusetts Ambassadors program. MassEcon works to ensure that business stays, grows, and thrives in the Commonwealth. More information can be found at www.massecon.com.
Massport Announces Worcester-Philadelphia Direct Route
Worcester Regional Airport continues to spread its wings on the domestic front, with the announcement this week that American Airlines is starting a direction route between Worcester Regional Airport (OHR) and Philadelphia’s International Airport (PHL) beginning in October. Governor Karyn Polito and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) CEO Thomas P. Glynn made the announcement on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Worcester Airport. They were joined by Patrick Bowes, Manager of Corporate Real Estate American Airlines (AA), Worcester County Sheriff and Chairman of the Massport Board of Directors Lew Evangelidis, and US Congressman Jim McGovern. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito called the Worcester Regional Airport “an important tool for connecting Massachusetts’ local economy to the global economy. American Airlines’ investment will provide important support for more economic growth in Central Massachusetts and our administration looks forward to continuing our work with Massport and ORH to make this airport an important connector throughout the region.” American Airlines, the largest airline in the world, plans to operate daily service between Worcester and Philadelphia beginning this October; with a departure from PHL at 8:00 a.m., arriving at ORH at 9:05 a.m. and a return trip departing ORH at 9:30 a.m., arriving at PHL at 10:39 a.m. (flight times subject to change). “We look forward to beginning service between Worcester Regional Airport and Philadelphia International Airport where there are opportunities to connect passengers to numerous destinations across American’s vast network,” said Jason Reisinger, managing director, American Airlines Global Network Planning. “Massport’s investments in Worcester Regional Airport have continued to strengthen the already robust economy of Central Massachusetts,” said Lew Evangelidis, Sheriff of Worcester County & Chairman of the Massport Board of Directors. “By adding more transportation options to Worcester, we are continuing to improve the quality of life for residents and bringing more opportunity to the area.” “The investments being made in Worcester Airport by Massport have been a key ingredient to the successful growth in Central Massachusetts,” said Congressman McGovern. “Worcester Airport keeps our economy strong and this new route will help to attract more businesses, create more opportunities for residents, and bring more dollars to the market here in the Worcester region. Worcester Airport has already helped bring $350 million into our economy and through continued work with Massport, I see this number growing in years to come.” Conveniently located in the heart of Central Massachusetts, ORH offers a modern, spacious terminal, easy curbside drop-off and pick-up, free WiFi, full service food and beverage, and $7 daily or $42 weekly parking. Worcester Regional Airport opened in 1946 and has been providing commercial aviation services in Worcester for over 70 years. “Massport has continually invested in the growth of ORH since we took ownership in 2010 because we believe in the opportunities that connectivity brings to the heart of this great Commonwealth,” said Massport CEO Glynn. “The introduction of American Airlines service to Philadelphia is a clear dividend of that investment and we look forward to seeing what new opportunities this brings to and from Central Massachusetts.” JetBlue currently serves Worcester Regional Airport with daily flights to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and, beginning May 3rd, JFK International Airport in New York City. Since 2013, over 450,000 passengers have flown with JetBlue to Florida from ORH. A Massachusetts Department of Transportation economic impact study found that Worcester Regional Airport contributes $46.4 million to the regional economy. Worcester Regional Airport serves Worcester County, the second fastest growing county in Massachusetts, along with the Boston Metro West region and the bustling Interstate 495 corridor.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Initiative for Innovative Solutions to Marine Economy Challenges
The Baker-Polito Administration awarded a total of $4,150,000 for five marine infrastructure projects, and a new initiative, the SEC Grand Challenge, to leverage Massachusetts’ innovation economy for the benefit of our coastal communities. The Seaport Economic Council will make up to $500,000 available to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) to support innovative solutions for marine and coastal communities. The Seaport Economic Council approved the awards at today’s meeting in Quincy, which was chaired by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has awarded $28 million through 61 grants in 36 Coastal Communities. Governor Baker said, “We are thrilled to see the Seaport Economic Council partner with the MassTech Collaborative to better connect our communities with cutting-edge innovation, and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop new technologies directly with partners in the marine economy. Massachusetts continues to be a vital testing ground for new technologies, and we are excited for our coastal communities to reap the benefits.” Lt. Governor Polito called the Seaport Economic Council “a vital resource for our coastal communities and we are proud of the work it has done since 2015. The Grand Challenge will help connect entrepreneurs and technology companies with non-profits, research institutions and municipalities to develop transformative solutions.” The Grand Challenge Program represents an opportunity to offer innovative solutions to improve marine and coastal community resources in Massachusetts. The Internet of Things (IoT) represents technology and business innovations that can enhance the economic potential of our ocean and coastal resources that contribute to the prosperity of the Commonwealth, and provide potential solutions to today’s environmental challenges. The Grand Challenge will focus on projects that address maritime communications, maritime performance and data analysis, and commercial fishing, and cover a broad range of subjects, including aquaculture, shipping, marine biotechnology, offshore renewable energy, marine robotics and more. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and the Seaport Economic Council (SEC) will partner with MassTech to fund projects that leverage the strength of IoT technologies to improve our marine and coastal communities. The Grand Challenge will encourage entrepreneurs and technology firms to work with nonprofits, research institutions, municipalities, or other public authorities on the deployment of new and novel IoT-based technology or business solutions to address important opportunities in the Marine Economy. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, who is vice-chairwoman of the Seaport Economic Council, said the group “is committed to helping communities effectively leverage their maritime resources, to create new opportunities for residents, tourists and businesses. This first-of-its-kind initiative in Massachusetts is an exciting opportunity to connect our coastal communities to emerging technologies as we continue to fund vital maritime infrastructure, and reach the full potential of our blue economy.” Seaport Economic Council Awards: Barnstable, Fire and Rescue Training Academy – $300,000 SEC funds will contribute to the cost of a simulator for its shipboard firefighting training program to support the state’s commercial and recreational boating industry and its seaside communities. The simulator will provide maritime professionals and land-based firefighters hands-on experience with marine-related fires and suppression tactics. Harwich, Saquatucket Harbor Landslide Renovation – $1,000,000 SEC grant will help fund the construction of a new Harbormaster Office building with expanded restroom facilities for both the public and slip permit holders. The project will also include a space for a snack building to be leased to a private operator, as well as seasonal booths to be leased and operated by local vendors and artisans. New Bedford, New Bedford HDC Central Command Center – $1,000,000 SEC funds will help fund the construction of a command center for police and fire marine personnel, and create a response/training room for port personnel to ensure coordinated and efficient communications between all agencies responsible for daily port operations and emergency response. With the increased shipping activity as a result of the state’s investment in refrigeration of the State Pier, and the growing maritime economy of the city, it is important to protect vital economic assets in case of marine emergency. Quincy, Quincy Maritime Center – $1,000,000 As a next phase of a 2016 SEC grant for the design of the Houghs Neck Maritime Center, this round’s SEC funds will contribute to the final design, bidding, and construction of the facility. The future facility will provide for safe, public, municipal, and emergency access to the water of Houghs Neck, improve the climate change resiliency of the site, provide improved stormwater treatment, improve public safety support infrastructure, and enhance the safety and accessibility of the site. The project will also address ADA compliance and accessibility. Wareham, Onset Bathhouse Rehabilitation – $350,000 SEC funds will contribute toward renovation costs of the Historic Onset Bathhouse as Headquarters of the Onset Bay Center. The future center is aimed to be a headquarters, community learning center, and boat storage facility. The Center will provide high‐quality on‐the‐water exploration programs for thousands of people every year and engage with community members of all ages and abilities in a variety of activities focused on building a connection with Buzzards Bay.
MASSACHUSETTS SPORTS OFFICE ISSUES 2018 CALENDAR OF ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS
Photo courtesy of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Massachusetts, known as the State of Champions for its longstanding athletic traditions and high-level competition, has issued its annual round-up of popular sporting events throughout the Bay State in 2018. Compiled by Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), the events range from collegiate and amateur tournaments to professional match-ups and iconic annual events. The sports calendar kicks off this Thursday with the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The tournament runs from January 11-15 and features some of the nation’s best high school basketball players. A number of iconic sporting events are on the schedule, including the Beanpot Hockey Tournament; Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park; the Boston Marathon; Falmouth Road Race, Head of the Charles Regatta and the Harvard-Yale football game. Plus, NCAA collegiate games are taking place in basketball, hockey and lacrosse. Massachusetts attracts 25 million domestic, 700,000 Canadian and 1.8 million overseas visitors annually, according to MOTT. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com. For year round information on sporting events, visit masportsoffice.com. Spalding Hoop Hall Classic January 11-15 | Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield The top high school hoop players in the nation flock to the birthplace of basketball in Springfield to showcase their talents. Annual Beanpot Tournament February 5 & 12 | TD Garden, Boston Boston’s finest college hockey teams compete for the coveted Beanpot Championship title during one of the longest-running hockey tournaments in college sports. 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional March 23 & 25 | TD Garden, Boston The nation is enthralled by the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament each winter, and Massachusetts is part of the action when it hosts the 2018 East Regional at TD Garden in Boston. 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional March 24 & 25 | DCU Center, Worcester NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey teams hits the ice at DCU Center in a battle to become Northeast Regional Champion and compete in the Frozen Four Tournament. Red Sox Opening Day 2018 April 5 | Fenway Park, Boston Nothing says springtime in Massachusetts like Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park, a Boston tradition dating back to 1912. The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays this year. U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships April 10 – 14 | New England Sports Center, Marlborough Top U.S. adult figure skaters convene in Marlborough, competing to attain the national title in one the six qualifying divisions. 2018 Boston Marathon April 16 | Boston 2018 marks the 122nd time that the best runners in the world gather at the oldest annual marathon in history to complete 26.2 miles and raise charitable funds for worthy causes. 1st USDLDF National Dragon Lion Dance Championship May 25-27 | Quincy High School, Quincye Come enjoy the best of amateur dance competition when the United States Dragon & Lion Dance Federation holds its first ever National Dragon Lion Dance Championships at Quincy High School. 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships May 26-28 | Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, hosts the D1 national collegiate lacrosse competition. Special Olympics Massachusetts June 8-10 | Harvard University & Boston University, Boston 2,000+ athletes with disabilities compete at this inspiring Olympic Games in track & field, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Tough Mudder Boston June 23 & 24 | 508 International, Charlton Ten miles, 20+ obstacle courses and hundreds of pounds of mud determine who is tough enough to win it all at 508 International, the actions sports venue in Charlton. Savage Race July 14 | Barre The Savage race in Barre features 25 obstacles over a seven mile course that tests strength, agility and athleticism. The course fluctuates between rolling hills and rocky terrain. New Balance Falmouth Road Race August 19 | Falmouth, Cape Cod The 46th running of the 7-mile Falmouth Road Race attracts 11,000 + runners from throughout the world, including elite Olympians and wheelchair champions. 2018 Dell Technologies Championship August 31 – September 3 | TPC Boston, Norton The most famous names in golf gather on Labor Day Weekend to play at the beautifully scenic TPC Boston course, one of the stops along the PGA Tour. Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement September | Basketball hall of Fame, Springfield Before every new NBA season, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrines the legends of the game in the city where basketball was born. In September, the Class of 2018 is being inducted into the elite club. 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta October 20 & 21 | Charles River, Boston & Cambridge For two days, elite collegiate and amateur rowers from around the world gather on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge to compete in this classic contest of endurance, strength and speed. Volleyball Hall of Fame Enshrinement November | Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke The International Volleyball Hall of Fame inducts the 33rd class of elite athletes, coaches and leaders into its hallowed halls in Holyoke, where volleyball was invented in 1895. 135th Harvard-Yale Football Game November 17 | Fenway Park, Boston The nation’s most iconic collegiate football game between Ivy League powerhouses is being played at Fenway Park, the first time it has been played outside of Harvard Stadium or the Yale Bowl since 1912.
Discover Central Massachusetts Promotes Worcester’s Growth as a Visitor Destination
Discover Central Massachusetts, a regional tourism council organization that markets Central Massachusetts as a competitive destination for travel and tourism, conventions, meetings, and events, has a new video extolling the growth of major hotels and restaurants in Worcester. The video appears on Boston Business Journal web site. As the second largest city in New England after Boston, “Worcester is supporting the push to accommodate more group meetings and conventions as well as increasing demand by visitors and employees,” writes Discover Central Massachusetts. “In the past two years alone, 55 new restaurants have received permits to operate in the city, feeding the eclectic tastes of a millennial workforce, burgeoning college population of 40,000 students, and thriving downtown commercial and retail district centered by the nearly-complete $470 million CitySquare project. “New hotels are popping up as the result of this progress, driven by an overall 75 percent occupancy rate sitting well above the national average of 67.1 percent of year-to-date averages for the U.S, according to Smith Travel Research. The arrivals of the AC Hotel by Marriott and Homewood Suites by Hilton added more density within the last year, bringing the city’s hotel stock from seven to nine facilities, and total number of rooms from 745 to more than 1,000.” “As one of Worcester’s newest hotels in 2017, Homewood Suites by Hilton opened in June with a $21 million six-story, 118-room, all-suites hotel specializing in extended stays located in Washington Square across the rotary from Union Station. First Bristol Corporation President James J. Karam said the hotel now has about 35 full- and part-time workers, offering patrons a salt water swimming pool, fitness center, and smaller and larger accommodations. Karam ruled out a large convention space or full-service restaurant opting instead for small meeting spaces to handle 75 people. Karam adds that the hotel is perfect for longer term stays, offering full services including grocery delivery, dry cleaning, direct MBTA commuter rail, and breakfast. And bookings for those rooms are filling up fast. “Everybody is talking about Worcester,” said Karam. “This city knows what it wants.”” For more information, visit Discover Central Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Promotes Its Winter Activities on TripAdvisor
With winter in full flight across New England this weekend, the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) and Massachusetts Ski Areas Association (MSAA) have launched an online advertising campaign on TripAdvisor to promote the Commonwealth’s 12 alpine ski areas. The two-month campaign runs through March 5 and promotes Massachusetts as an ideal destination for beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito have declared Friday, January 5 as “Massachusetts Learn to Ski & Snowboard Day” to bring extra attention to winter sports and encourage visitors and residents to support local ski areas. The Massachusetts campaign coincides with National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month in January. The 12 Massachusetts ski areas are offering special learn to ski or snowboard packages this month. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Massachusetts Ski Areas Association and TripAdvisor to highlight our spectacular winter activities and experiences across the state,” says MOTT Executive Director Francois L. Nivaud. “We invite visitors to take a fresh look at Massachusetts snow sports, with plenty to offer beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Beginners can master the art of skiing or snowboarding on pristine slopes and manageable trails, and enjoy all the comforts of cozy and family friendly lodges.” “MOTT has been a great partner in increasing the exposure of our ski areas with this effort,” said MSAA President Paul Maloney, who is also the general manager of Jiminy Peak Resort. “Skiing plays an important role in the state’s overall winter tourism, especially in the western part of Massachusetts.” Learn more about other winter activities in Massachusetts. For year round details on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.
SEAPORT ECONOMIC COUNCIL DISCUSSES EXPANDED FERRY SERVICE ALONG MASSACHUSETTS COASTLINE
Photo Courtesy of Boston Harbor Association Earlier this month, members of the Seaport Economic Council were briefed on a dozen sites which have been identified by stakeholders as having the best potential for new or expanded ferry service by the Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study. Routes between these sites are being analyzed to select the three routes most likely to have financially sustainable service. Business plans for these proposed routes will then be completed next spring. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the Baker-Polito Administration “believes that by partnering with cities and towns, we can help deliver more sustainable and efficient services to meet the needs of the communities we serve. We appreciate the continued collaboration between all non-profit organizations, businesses and municipalities involved in the Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study.” Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said, “We see water transportation as an important travel option in the future and are pleased to now have possible sites for new or expanded service.” Secretary Pollack chairs the Water Transportation Advisory Council which she has charged with assisting MassDOT in creating a practical and actionable plan for a sustainable Water Transportation network. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, Vice-Chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said, “We look forward to continuing to explore increased and new ferry service in the Boston Harbor. Investing and enhancing maritime transport aligns with the Seaport Economic Council’s strategic objectives to leverage the assets of our coastal communities, create new opportunities for residents, and support the blue economy.” Thirty dock sites around Boston Harbor were studied in order to compare multi-modal access, existing infrastructure conditions, travel time savings, and demand from the surrounding market area. Twelve of the thirty locations with the greatest capacity for supporting new or expanded service have been identified for further study. Using the data collected from a stated preference survey conducted in August and September, a transportation demand model will now be run for each location in order to further evaluate possible new routes. In the next phase of the process, several North Shore, South Shore, and Inner Harbor routes will be studied. Expanding existing services from Hingham and Hull will be evaluated in conjunction with the evaluation of new routes from Squantum Point/Marina Bay in Quincy and Fallon Pier on Columbia Point in Dorchester. An Inner Harbor circulator route will be considered among and between combinations of the following sites: Logan Airport and Lewis Mall in East Boston, Navy Yard Pier 4 in Charlestown, Lovejoy Wharf next to North Station, Long Wharf and Rowes Wharf in Downtown Boston, and Fan Pier and World Trade Center East in the Seaport. Continued North Shore services from Salem and Winthrop will be incorporated into the model while Lynn will receive support for implementing a business plan for new ferry service from their Blossom Street Pier. The Seaport Economic Council of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Affairs, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Barr Foundation, the Cabot Family Charitable Trust, and the developers of both the Envoy Hotel and Clippership Wharf are also supporting the study. The National Park Service is funding a connected study that is looking at improved ferry services to the Boston Harbor Islands. Boston Harbor Now President and CEO Kathy Abbott said, “It’s been important from day one that we hear from people around the Harbor and evaluate all of the possible options for the next generation of ferry service. Public engagement and communication has been at the forefront of our work, and we’ve gotten great insights from current and potential ferry users.” The Feedback from the Stakeholder Workshops and Existing Conditions reports which were shared at the Open House can be found online at bostonharbornow.org/water-transportation-study.
Education First Promotes Global Learning
Architectural Rendering of Education First’s New Building in Cambridge The term Global Citizen describes a person increasingly comfortable building a strong identification with the world as a whole. As national borders open to an increasingly globalized society, ease in travel, global trade and advances in technology have allowed for the expansion of cultural, value-based and linguistic exchanges. A company on the frontier of these exchanges is EF Education First, the world’s largest educational organization. Located in Northpoint, Cambridge, EF’s North American headquarters is a 300,000 square foot architectural masterpiece with panoramic views of the Boston skyline. It recently broke ground for a third building at Northpoint that will create 300 new jobs and add public parks to the area. Education First was founded more than 50 years ago by Swedish scholar, Bertil Hult, who spent time in England with a mission to learn the English language. From his British experience, Hult deemed experiential learning as the most effective method for learning a language. Over the half century, the vision for experiential learning continued to grow as EF developed its mission to promote language, education, travel and cultural exchange on a global scale. Today the company operates in 116 countries, has 539 office and schools and employs 46,500 employees across all continents. EF opens up the world to a greater number of people from multiple backgrounds through its strong repertoire of products. Each product offers adventurers the ability to explore diverse cultures, embark on unforgettable journeys and study at one of EF’s academies or at the award-winning Hult International Business School. On October 2, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker attended the groundbreaking of EF’s third new building, praising the company for its commitment to learning. “There is unity in what you do. You bring cultures together. You bring people who don’t know each other together. You bring people from different walks of life together. You do exactly in this day and age which we need most of all – which is people who know how to find common ground and help people build on it,” Governor Baker said. “Today’s groundbreaking is an important moment for EF that also highlights how public-private partnerships can lead to economic development, jobs and the creation of beautiful public spaces that benefit our staff and students as well as the residents of Cambridge and Boston,” said EF’s North American CEO Dr. Edward Hult. Why Massachusetts The inclusive and experiential nature of the company found its home in Cambridge, a neighborhood blooming with diversity, creativity and world-class education. Within the company’s open and communal office space, EF employees display a commitment to innovation and civic engagement that mirrors the City of Cambridge ethos. Recently, the company opened a public wellness space close to its property in East Cambridge. Vice President of EF Properties, Shawna Marino, tells Boston Magazine, “Living a healthy lifestyle is one of our strong focuses here at EF. We are just so thrilled to share this part of our culture with the community.” According to EF, the new 300,000-square-foot, 12-story building will be designed to a LEED Gold standard and is scheduled to open in late spring 2019. The ground floor will be completely dedicated to public space with a mix of uses throughout the upper floors, including new student housing for the independent, nonprofit Hult International Business School, general office and administrative space, and above-grade parking. The ground floor will include a public fitness center with a rock climbing wall, a small café, public restrooms, and hundreds of new public bike parking spaces. EF’s communal company culture also resonates beyond its office block. EF is an active agent in the Greater Boston community as employees regularly donate their time in community service projects. Such projects include Charles River clean-up on Earth Day and the EF Cares volunteering club that works with EF’s on-site chef to cook meals for local families. EF’s Annual Holiday drive collects donations for Greater Boston Food Bank, Big Brother Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Cultural Care Kids First Foundation. Education First fosters a commitment to global experiential education and service that is unparalleled. In its quest for knowledge, education, innovation and excellence, EF emulates the true spirit of Massachusetts.
New Bedford Regional Airport Launches Holiday Flights to Vero Beach, FL
Elite Airways is launching a Holiday flight between New Bedford Regional Airport in Massachusetts and Vero Beach Municipal Airport in Florida between December 16, 2017 and January 1, 2018. This is the first commercial jet service out of New Bedford in nearly three decades, according to local officials. The 70-passenger Bombardier CRJ-700 and 50-passenger CRJ-200 jets offer non-stop service. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50 pounds, and no ticketing change fees. Elite Airways is also pet friendly, according to the airline officials. In a story written by Michael Bonner for SouthCoastToday.com, New Bedford, Airport Manager Scot Servis said the new service is “a nice moment to celebrate, but there’s still a lot of planning to do and getting more airlines interested. Getting the first airline here and interested is the first high hurdle to clear. It starts to build a track record when we talk to other airlines to come.” Founded in 2006, Elite Airways provides scheduled passenger service to destinations throughout the country, operating in markets that are underserved within the National Transportation System. This brings a unique opportunity to New Bedford and the surrounding communities. Elite Airways President John Pearsall told SouthCoastToday, “We were looking for a Boston-related airport that did not have service into it. We look at New Bedford and think we’ve got, for what we do for our customers, the best of both worlds. You’ve got access to Boston. You’ve got access to the Cape. And you’ve got access to Rhode Island. We think it will be a total home run.” An Inaugural Flight ceremony is taking place on Saturday, December 16, prior to the first flight leaving for Florida. Holiday Schedule: SOUTHBOUND: New Bedford, MA to Vero Beach, FL: Saturday, Dec. 16: Depart EWB 10:00 a.m. Arrive VRB 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m. NORTHBOUND: Vero Beach, FL to New Bedford, MA: Saturday, Dec. 23: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m. Find information on visiting at Destination New Bedford.
GOVERNOR BAKER, MASSPORT WELCOME FIRST NON-STOP SERVICE BETWEEN BOSTON AND BRAZIL
Caption: Bob Kraft, Tom Glynn, Governor Baker, Glivânia Maria de Oliveira and Pablo Chiozza. Photo by Maria Speridakos, MOTT Massachusetts continues to expand its global presence in tourism, business, education and innovation with the news of a direct-air route on LATAM Airlines Brazil between Boston’s International Airport and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, beginning on July 2, 2018. Governor Charlie Baker and Massport CEO Tom Glynn made the official announcement on Friday, December 8 at Logan’s International Terminal E. They were joined by Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group Robert Kraft, Brazilian Consul General in Boston Glivânia Maria de Oliveira and LATAM’s Senior VP for North America, the Caribbean and Asia Pablo Chiozza. In addition to the official pronouncements, guests at the terminal enjoyed musical performances by local Brazilian groups. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts’ global community is home to a large and vibrant Brazilian population and the Baker-Polito Administration is committed to promoting access to economic opportunities and growth for all of the Commonwealth’s diverse communities. This new, nonstop flight to Sao Paulo will continue to advance Massachusetts’ growth through tourism and the expansion of global business connections for our residents, employers and visitors.” Next July, LATAM Airlines’ flight JJ8165 will depart Boston Logan International Airport at 6:05 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, landing at São Paulo’s Guarulhos airport at 5:25 a.m. The return flight, JJ8164, will depart from São Paulo at 11:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, landing in Boston at 9:10 a.m. (all times listed are Eastern Standard Time). A Boeing 767 aircraft will operate the route with capacity for 191 economy passengers and 30 Premium Business passengers. Massport CEO Tom Glynn said, “Connecting New England with the global economy is a key part of Massport’s mission. We are excited to welcome LATAM to Logan to provide this service that will connect not only our economies, but families and students as well.” LATAM’s Senior VP for North America, the Caribbean and Asia Pablo Chiozza said, “São Paulo offers unrivalled connectivity for passengers travelling from Boston and beyond…whether the trip is for business or pleasure.” Bob Kraft said the direct-route service “will provide new opportunities for commerce and economic growth, a critical component to maintaining our competitive advantage on a global scale.” Brazilian Consul General to Boston Ambassador de Oliveira said the new route “will lead to mutual benefits in many areas such as trade, investments, culture, academic cooperation, medicine, sports and tourism.” São Paulo will be the 55th international destination to be served by Logan through its newly upgraded International Terminal E. LATAM will operate year-round service from Boston to São Paulo, a city of almost 12 million people, the financial capital of Brazil and the largest healthcare hub in Latin America. The state of São Paulo is a hub for education much like Massachusetts and is home to more than 500 universities. Massachusetts is home to the second largest foreign born Brazilian population in the United States with over 60,000 residents; Brazilians also make up two percent of the population of Boston. Four of the top ten cities with the most residents born in Brazil are in Massachusetts; Everett, Framingham, Marlborough and Malden. Additionally, according to The New York Times, Massachusetts residents are more likely to visit Brazil than anyone else in the United States. During the past decade, the number of international nonstop destinations from Logan has more than doubled from 27 to 55 and international passengers now account for 18 percent of its travelers. International passengers are predicted to be the fastest growing component of airport business. In 2016, 6.5 million international passengers traveled through Logan’s Terminal E. Along with its 55 international destinations, Boston Logan also offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and served more than 36 million passengers last year. Logan has nonstop flights to South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. From Boston, passengers can fly nonstop to more than 32 countries. To learn more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Issues “5 Things Winter” Guide for Visitors
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has released its seasonal brochure, 5 Things Winter, a birds-eye view of winter activities for visitors coming to Massachusetts from December through March. Suggestions range from Romantic Getaways, Outdoor Adventures and Spa & Wellness facilities to seasonal holidays like Christmas/Hannukah, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and a variety of winter events such as wine festivals, film festivals and sports. A Made in Massachusetts section offers ideas for finding local artisans and hand-made products. Read the PDF here or read the digital booklet below. For year round details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Ice Skating Season in Massachusetts Attracts Visitors and Local Residents
Image: Worcester Oval Massachusetts kicked off its ice skating season recently, opening up outdoor and indoor rinks across the Commonwealth. Skating is a favorite pastime for generations of local residents and visitors to the Bay State. “Boys and girls begin to skate almost as soon as they are able to walk, and one of the first Christmas presents a child receives…is a pair of skates,” wrote The Boston Globe in a story on January 5, 1896 entitled Origin of Skating. “The meadow ponds and the frozen hollows in the hills are the favorite resorts.” Over Thanksgiving Weekend, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced the start of its annual ice skating season at 42 agency rinks across the Commonwealth. Find the DCR ice skating rinks closest to you. Among the most popular places to skate outdoors includes the Boston Common Frog Pond, the Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda Rink, and the Kendall Square Skating Rink in Cambridge and Boston City Hall Outdoor Skating Path. Other spots around Massachusetts include Worcester Common Oval and Winter Skate at Patriot Place in Foxborough, and various rinks on Cape Cod. A great resource for learning to skate is the Skating Club of Boston. Winter sports is a key element of the Commonwealth’s four-season tourism outreach. In 2016 approximately 220,000 domestic, 10,000 Overseas and 10,000 Canadian visitors participated in snow sport activities in Massachusetts, for a total of 240,000 visitors, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “The January-March quarter accounts for about 13% of traveler spending in Massachusetts, or approximately $2.8 billion this year,” said MOTT Executive Director Francois Nivaud. “The 240,000 visitors who enjoyed snow sports in Massachusetts last winter spent just under $100 million.” Visit MassVacation.com for more information on winter sports.
MASSDOT, MASSPORT, MBTA READY FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
“Plan ahead, be prepared and ease frustration while traveling this holiday season” is the message delivered today by the state’s leading transportation agencies leading up to Thanksgiving. Today, officials from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) gathered at Boston’s South Station to offer travel tips and to remind travelers that the roads and skies will be crowded in the days leading up to and after Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday, November 23. Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack advised travelers “to plan their trips in advance to find the most appropriate mode, route, and time to travel and help decrease congestion and reach their destination in an efficient manner.” Secretary Pollack urged travelers to utilize real-time technology such as 511 or MassDOT’s GoTime app to view live traffic conditions to help determine the best route and timing of travel. She also encouraged the public to take public transportation to Logan Airport and check mbta.com for updated transit schedules. A record 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28, according to Airlines for America. The busiest travel day will likely be Sunday, November 26. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn vowed to “do everything we can to ease the travel experience for everyone flying this holiday season. This week kicks off the busiest time of year at Logan and though we will have extra staff on hand to help out, we encourage everyone to plan ahead to help make their time travelling as smooth as possible.” Massport encourages travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport for the most updated flight status and travel information. Parking is expected to be around capacity during the Thanksgiving travel period and travelers are urged to use public transportation to get to the airport and other destinations. Logan Express serves five locations including Peabody, Framingham, Woburn, Braintree and Back Bay. In addition, the MBTA Silver Line 1 is adding additional service through Monday, November 27. As always, outbound service from Logan Airport to the South Boston Seaport District and South Station is free. MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez said “passengers are encouraged to stay connected by checking schedules available online, following us on Twitter @MBTA and @MBTA_CR, and using the Transit app. We wish a safe and happy holiday for all passengers travelling within our system and beyond.” General Manager and CEO of Keolis Commuter Services David Scorey said the commuter rail “will be increasing the capacity on some of our key rush hour commuter trains next Wednesday. The commuter rail will operate on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and we would like to remind passengers that posted times are trains’ departure times.” Here is a summary of travel tips: • Download MassDOT’s Go Time travel app at www.MassDOTgotime.com. • Visit www.Mass511.com to view live cameras, route conditions, and traffic information. • Call 511 to learn about travel conditions before heading out onto the roadways. • Check mbta.com for more information on train schedules. Thanksgiving Day will operate on a Sunday schedule. • Airline apps can provide helpful real-time alerts and tips for air travelers. • Allow extra time to check in and get through security and always check their airline flight status before leaving for the airport; • Subscribe to get automated parking updates at www.massport.com/logan-airport/parking-information/; • If you have any questions about what is prohibited in your luggage, go to www.tsa.gov Be sure to follow any of partner agencies on Twitter @BostonLogan, @MassDOT, @MBTA, @MBTA_CR, @MassRMV and @visitma. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Head Of The Charles Regatta ® Celebrated in New Exhibit at Logan Airport
Massport announced a new exhibit at Boston Logan International Airport’s Terminal B celebrating the 53rd annual Head of The Charles Regatta. One of the world’s preeminent rowing competitions, The Regatta draws more than 11,000 rowers and tens of thousands of spectators to the banks of the Charles River. The new exhibit covers over 150 feet of wall space and features 17 oars highlighting different rowing clubs around Boston. Eight backlit panels feature rowing terms, black and white race photos and history of the course and race. The exhibit also includes two boats on display, a single scull and an eight-oared shell, with details on their build and components. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn called the new exhibit “an excellent tribute to the rowing community as the Regatta enters its 53rd year of competition, and we would like to thank everyone involved for helping us create this new space.” The space will also include an exhibit on the history of the Boston Marathon, a collaborative effort between Massport and the Boston Athletic Association. Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles has welcomed the world’s finest crews to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition The event attracts youth, collegiate, masters, para-rowing, international, world champion and Olympic athletes competing in 66 events. This year, rowers from 30 nations competed. Regatta Executive Director Fred Schoch said, “The Regatta is a tradition that brings the world to Boston, so it’s fitting that the event will have a prominent place in the gateway to our city.” Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Director Shannah McArdle called the Regatta “one of our most iconic sporting events that shines a positive light on the collegiate sporting traditions of the Bay State.” Partners for the exhibit include Head Of The Charles® Regatta, Fluid Design, Elite Rowing Inc., Filippi Boats, Concept2, Erik Dresser Photography, Carlos Ridruejo Designs, Pocock Racing Shells, Community Rowing (CRI), Cambridge Boat Club, and Harvard Crew. Architecture for the project was completed by design firm Kleinfelder; construction work was performed by Bond Brothers; and graphics were produced by Design Communications Ltd. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
International Dignitaries visit North Central Massachusetts
Photo: Owen Richardson, VP of Sales & Marketing at Laddawn, welcomes the tour Last week, state officials accompanied members of the New England Consular Corps on an all-day field trip to North Central Massachusetts to learn about the region’s business opportunities, hospitality amenities and local companies. Twenty-five diplomatic and commercial representatives of 16 countries participated to learn about the region’s skilled workforce, quality of life and the advantages of locating a business in North Central Massachusetts Countries represented on the tour included Brazil; Cabo Verde; Columbia; Ireland; Japan; Mexico; Nepal; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; South Korea; Taiwan; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; and the United Kingdom. They visited Quiet Logistics in Devens, to learn about its Quiet Brand Incubator, a new program launched in 2016 to support innovative e-commerce startups; Laddawn, Inc. in Devens, which manufactures recyclable plastic films and bags for industrial, food, medical, and institutional markets; Boutwell Owens of Fitchburg, a manufacturer of printed paperboard packaging; and Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg for a lunch and presentation about the region. The tour finished with a trip to the summit of Mount Wachusett to witness the beautiful fall foliage and scenic views of the region, with a special reception with local business leaders hosted by Wachusett Ski Area. State economic development officials on the tour included Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development & International Trade; Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI); Francois Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT); and Peter Milano, Senior Director of Business Development at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. “The Massachusetts Office of Business Development is proud to showcase business opportunities throughout the Commonwealth and the recent tour of North Central Massachusetts with the New England Consular Corps is one of the many ways we spotlight our manufacturing companies, visitor destinations and recreation areas that underscore everything Massachusetts has to offer,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and International Trade. President & CEO Roy Nascimento of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce called the trip “an exciting opportunity to showcase North Central Massachusetts to an international audience of diplomats and business representatives. We have a number of international businesses already thriving in our region and believe that this is a dynamic region to invest and grow a business.” MOITI Executive Director Mark Sullivan said, “Our office works closely with the consular corps year round, and these ongoing visits to different parts of Massachusetts provide a good setting to showcase business and investment opportunities for foreign companies.” Acting Vice Consul Susan Krusell from the Consulate General of Ireland said the tour “enhanced my understanding of all that Massachusetts has to offer…. The businesses showcased were all cutting-edge innovators in technology, manufacturing and sporting hospitality. I was especially impressed by each firm’s leadership and appreciated their openness in sharing why the North Central Massachusetts location benefited employee quality of life as well as the business bottom line. Upon return, I shared information about some firms and the region with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin and partner organizations here in the state.” Executive Director Francois Nivaud of MOTT said the North Central Massachusetts region was a popular destination “for tourists interested in four-season outdoor activities such as foliage tours, skiing and hiking; farm-to-table culinary activities; and dozens of museums and cultural venues in cities and towns.” The tour was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) along with the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and its economic development affiliates the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) and the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association (JATA). For more information on the economic development tour, please contact the North Central Massachusetts Chamber at 978.353.7600 ext. 244 or visit northcentralmass.com. To learn about international investment opportunities in Massachusetts, contact Mark Sullivan at MOITI by calling 617-973-8543.
5 Things: Fall in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released a new brochure titled 5 Things: Fall in Massachusetts, a selection of ways to enjoy autumn in the Bay State. Chasing fall foliage; picking apples, pumpkins and cranberries; celebrating Veterans Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving; or enjoying cultural and historical sites – it’s all here in Massachusetts. Find out more about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Global Cruise Industry Contributes $486 Million to Massachusetts Economy
A new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) indicates that the global cruise industry contributed $486 million to Massachusetts’ economy in 2016, up nearly 10 percent since 2014. CLIA is the largest cruise industry trade association and the leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA’s 2016 Economic Impact Analysis was commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA). It reveals that the cruise industry’s direct expenditures in Massachusetts generated total economic impacts of 7,329 jobs and $483 million in wages and salaries. CLIA President and CEO Cindy D’Aoust said, “The cruise industry is a critical contributor to the U.S. economy and we see evidence of the industry’s positive effect spreading into every state, including Massachusetts.” A reason for the growth, D’Aoust said, was “the continuous improvements Boston has invested in its CruisePort…cruise ships sailing from Boston carried significantly more passengers in 2016. Massachusetts continues to be an important market for the cruise industry.” In June 2017, Massport officially named the its facility Flynn Cruiseport Boston, in honor of former Boston Mayor and Vatican Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn, who jump-started the city’s waterfront in 1986 during his first term as mayor. According to the report, Boston generated 431,000 passenger and crew visits, producing $34.8 million in passenger and crew onshore spending, or approximately $81 per visit. In addition, CLIA’s study reports that tourism-related businesses received approximately $213 million, or 44 percent of the cruise industry’s direct spending in Massachusetts. Another $187 million, or 38 percent of the industry’s direct spending in Massachusetts was spent with businesses in five business segments: food processors, petroleum companies, advertising agencies, insurance agencies and management consulting firms. The remaining 18 percent of direct expenditures in Massachusetts impacted other industries including law firms and business service companies such as computer services, software consulting and marketing, manufacturers of textile and apparel products, and educational and training institutions. Here is the 2017 cruise schedule at Flynn Cruiseport Boston, which ends November 13, 2017. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Tourism Office Creates Thoreau Trail in Concord
Photo Courtesy of RhythmQuietude In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday in 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has created a special itinerary of must-see literary attractions and inspirational places throughout historic Concord. Thoreau’s Concord: A Transcendentalist Journey in Massachusetts, charts the places where Thoreau was born, raised and inspired to create some of America’s most compelling literature, and includes the homes and gathering spots of famous Concord writers including the Alcott family, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Each of the 14 stops along the Trail has been classified as a space for outdoor adventure, a historic home, or farm-to-table dining experience. “This itinerary honoring Concord’s most famous authors is a nod to Massachusetts’ rich literary roots,” says Francois-Laurent Nivaud, executive director of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “By creating meaningful interactions and immersive travel opportunities for visitors, this is a perfect example of how tourists and industry partners can engage with one another to celebrate our story.” Written in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden has influenced generations of readers while also creating a foundation for the conservation movement across the United States. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation oversees the Walden Pond State Reservation, which includes a new Visitor Center and a replica of Thoreau’s cabin. Walden Pond is open year round. For visitor information about Concord and surrounding cities and towns, go to Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. For details on visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Day is Celebrated at The Big E Fair in W. Springfield
The Big E Fair, one of New England’s most iconic annual events, celebrated Massachusetts Day on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in W. Springfield. One of six original statehouse replicas representing each New England state, the Massachusetts State Exposition Building showcases the finest in Massachusetts agriculture, culture, commerce, and tourism through informational, educational, promotional and retail exhibits. Governor Charlie Baker called Massachusetts Day “a perfect opportunity for fairgoers to learn about the many diverse businesses here in Massachusetts producing high-quality local products….We encourage all residents to visit The Big E and buy local, whether from the Massachusetts Building or your local farmers’ market.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said Massachusetts Day “is an opportunity to celebrate Massachusetts farms and our focus on selling fresh food products to people across the Commonwealth.” Public officials and organizers held a brief speaking program on the front lawn of the Massachusetts Building to usher in Massachusetts Day. Among the speakers were Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux, Assistant Secretary for Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham, and Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Francois-Laurent Nivaud. Assistant Secretary Pham said the Made in Massachusetts theme that characterized The Big E since 1917 “remains a central part of the Bay State’s 21st century narrative.” MOTT Executive Director Nivaud presented a Massachusetts Day proclamation from the Governor’s Office to Gene Cassidy, president & CEO of Eastern States Exposition and The Big E. The state’s tourism industry used Massachusetts Day as an opportunity to share vacation literature with the thousands of visitors who attended The Big E On display were agricultural commodity groups and commercial vendors set up to sell and promote Massachusetts products such as maple syrup, Finnish pancakes, bread pudding, honey, dairy products, fruit, wine, lobster rolls, chili and variety of baked goods. In addition, Massachusetts small businesses sell locally made goods such as braided rugs, hand crafted candles, soaps, chocolate and jewelry. Nivaud urged attendees to visit the tourism pavilion in the Massachusetts Building, “where our staff and volunteers can share their knowledge about vacation destinations, itineraries and travel offers to make your visit to Massachusetts unforgettable.” Photo: MOTT staff Ricky Guillaume & Phyllis Cahaly at The Big E. A highlight of this year’s Massachusetts Building is a Dr. Seuss-themed installation celebrating the new “Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum” at the Springfield Museums. It includes historical information on the creator of the books, Theodore Seuss Geisel, and how his childhood in Springfield, MA influenced the imagery and themes of his popular books. “It is an honor to be featured in the Massachusetts Building,” said Springfield Museums President Kay Simpson. “We are excited to represent one of the many reasons Massachusetts is a great place to be.” The Big E runs through October 1, 2017. For information about visiting Greater Springfield and the Pioneer Valley, go to ValleyVisitor.com. To visit Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
Tourism Office Issues MassJazz Guide Celebrating Jazz in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released its 2017-2018 MassJazz Guide showcasing the Bay State’s vibrant year-round jazz scene of festivals, concerts, night clubs, jazz brunches, college courses and radio programs. Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito write in their welcome letter to MassJazz, “As America’s most original art form, jazz inspires us through its creativity, inclusion and global perspective. We you hope enjoy the music and that you are inspired by all that Massachusetts has to offer.” The free, 40-page MassJazz Guide includes stories on celebrated jazz musicians such as bassist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Yoko Miwa, jazz singer and radio executive Amanda Carr of WICN-FM and the New England Jazz Hall of Fame in Worcester. Berklee College of Music’s new partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory in China is covered, along with the upcoming Beantown Jazz Festival and other festivals in Massachusetts this fall. Jazz promoters such as Fred Taylor, Berkshires Jazz, Woods Hole Jazz Series, Northampton Jazz Series, John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Mandorla Music are profiled, along with WGBH-FM’s award-winning jazz programs. The 2017-2018 issue features notable Boston jazz clubs such as Les Zygomates Wine Bar, Darryl’s Corner Kitchen + Bar and Slade’s Bar & Grill, while also listing jazz brunches throughout the state. The MassJazz Guide is available for free at visitor kiosks, college campuses, and venues where live jazz is performed. Read the digital 2017-2018 MassJazz Guide online, and find ongoing information on live jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com and the Mass Jazz blog. For more information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com
Smithsonian Magazine Offers Free Guest Passes to 40 + Massachusetts Museums on September 23
Over 40 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions across the Bay State are opening their doors for free this Saturday, September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian Magazine‘s annual Museum Day Live! According to the Smithsonian, “In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.” The Museum Day Live! website allows participants to register and download the tickets online. Here are FAQs for further information. In 2016, over 200,000 people downloaded tickets to museums across the US for the Museum Day Live! events, according to the organizers. In Massachusetts, museums are cultural anchors for local residents and schoolchildren in the state’s 351 cities and towns. Museums are also in the Top 10 of tourist activities in Massachusetts. Find out more about Massachusetts museums by visiting New England Museum Association or museum listings on massvacation.com.
Lafayette Trail Unveils Historic Treasures in Massachusetts & New England
he Consulate General of France in Boston has designed a Lafayette Trail that celebrates a unique slice of New England history – the 1824-1825 Farewell Tour of Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolutionary War. The Trail, available on a Mobile APP, is a great way for residents and visitors re-trace one of the significant tours of a foreign dignitary in 19th century New England history. French historian and geographer Julien Icher, who manages the Lafayette Trail Project, has been traveling throughout New England, researching and documenting each of Lafayette’s steps, focusing specifically on the major landmarks Lafayette visited, the local people he knew from his service during the Revolutionary War, and the various plaques and memorials to honor his visit. Also helping in the development of the Lafayette Trail: American Friends of Lafayette and the Massachusetts Lafayette Society. French heritage and culture is very evident in Massachusetts today. The French Cultural Centre in Boston’s Back Bay provides an authentic French cultural and social experience, hosting lectures, concerts, festivals and educational courses throughout the year. And in 2015, 98,000 French tourists visited Massachusetts, spending $300 million and contributing $12 million in state and local taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. Here is MOTT’s French-language version website visitmass.fr. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
HUBweek 2017 Celebrates Massachusetts’ Innovation Culture
HUBweek, a weeklong festival of ideas and innovation that connects Boston’s iconic history, culture, science, medicine and technology, takes place October 10-15, 2017 in various places around Boston. Founded in December 2014 by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek taps the region’s distinct concentration of intellectual leadership, creativity and ingenuity that has helped make Massachusetts one of the world’s leading innovation economies. One of the compelling features of this year’s HUBweek is a centralized festival site at Boston City Hall featuring signature events, workshops and hackathons, creative gathering spaces, competitions, art installations, and unexpected experiences. The village is being constructed with 60 + shipping containers and contains a geodesic dome larger than Fenway Park’s Green Monster, according to organizers. Register for HUBweek events here. Other highlights of HUBweek include GlobeDocs Film Festival; Immersion: A Nighttime Live Arts Experience; and a Futures Forum that discusses large-scale solutions to global problems. For information about visiting Massachusetts for this year’s HUBweek, go to MassVacation.com.
Why Massachusetts is the most Innovative state in the US
Four Centuries of Innovation: From Mass to the World, a new and recently updated exhibit at Boston’s Logan International Airport, underscores the wide-spread recognition that Massachusetts is the most innovative state in the nation. The telephone and the microwave oven were born here. The first human organ transplant, too. And Massachusetts was the first state with marriage equality, not to mention being the home of the chocolate chip cookie, and Apple’s Siri. The list of firsts is enormous, and few states can come close. The most truly significant of these, from a list of nearly 500 very remarkable Mass Innovations that changed the nation or the world, are profiled in a permanent exhibit sponsored by Massport in the busy walkway between Terminal C (Jet Blue) and Terminal E, (international flights). The exhibit opened last November and, in an effort to keep the exhibit vibrant, current, and compelling, seven new panels were recently added for a total of 56 unique Massachusetts innovations. Seven New Innovation Panels at Logan Airport One of the important insights which we keep hearing from visitors who see the exhibit is that the breakthroughs made here are not largely from a single sector, as might be the case in an industry based city such as Detroit. With their amazing diversity, the most recent seven of our top innovations, clearly illustrates this point: • The healthcare sector –Three-Dimensional Breast imaging instruments have played a large role in ensuring much earlier and more effective cancer treatment, and saved so many lives. • Software – “Automatic word completion” helps people communicate so much faster than always typing every character whether you love it or hate it, especially on smaller, mobile devices. • Planning and Environment — At Revere Beach the concept of a pristine beach, open to all, was first modeled more than a century ago. Located just a few miles from the center of Boston, it influenced the creation of similar shoreline reservations and parks across the nation. • Romance & Sweets — The invention of the first machine to make hard candy (1847) combined with a bit of whimsical humor to create the much-loved Valentine “sweetheart.” Billions of these tiny candies have earned a place in popular culture that has not been relinquished in more than 150 years. • Information Tech – a reading machine engineered by Ray Kurzweil which could read almost any printed text and translate it into sound, empowered visually impaired people and accelerated the general adoption of advanced character recognition, scanners, and modern voice technology. • Travel and Tourism –Tripadvisor started with a simple concept: ask people to give their own opinions about hotels, destinations, transportation services, and more. Thanks to rapid growth – they now get input from half billion people a year – Tripadvisor has become a powerful and indispensable service. Whether it is using technology to fight cancer or helping the visually-impaired, creating new models for public beaches or sharing travel information, Massachusetts is proud of its innovation traditions that benefit so many people around the world. Four Hundred Years of Innovation reminds us how people with ideas, vision, and energy – even in a relatively small state such as Massachusetts – can make a very big difference in transforming and improving life for everyone everywhere. Check out the exhibit the next time you pass through Terminal C and Terminal E at Logan International Airport.
Seaport Economic Council Awards $2.4 Million to Seven Communities in Massachusetts
(Photo: Historic Postcard of Oak Grove Bluff, Swansea) Today the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council awarded $2.4 million for collaborative initiatives in seven coastal communities to improve public infrastructure and promote maritime economic development. The seven cities and towns that received awards include Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Lynn, Plymouth, Rockport, Saugus and Swansea. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts’ robust marine economy offers diverse economic opportunities to our coastal communities, from fishing to research and tourism. We are committed to nurturing the growth of these maritime opportunities through the Seaport Economic Council’s resources and community guidance.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said, “The varied needs of our communities are reflected in the awards announced today, from a harbor management plan in Dartmouth, to a lifeguard station in Swansea and a critical sea wall in Lynn. These projects will promote local growth and unlock economic potential.” Earlier this year, the Seaport Economic Council commissioned a comprehensive study of the Commonwealth’s Maritime Economy, which underscored the sector’s importance to the Massachusetts economy. The Blue Economy directly employs 90,000 people, supports over 5,500 business establishments and accounts for $3.4 billion in wages in Massachusetts. The Seaport Economic Council’s investments target coastal infrastructure improvements, planning and innovation efforts to directly support tourism, blue technology, and recreation and commercial assets to further grow this critical sector. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and vice-chair of the Seaport Economic Council Carolyn Kirk said, “By improving access to tourist destinations, increasing maritime safety, and developing new economic opportunities for commercial growth in our maritime areas, these investments will support the continued economic development of the Commonwealth’s 78 coastal communities.” The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $24 million in 56 projects across 32 communities. Awards: Dartmouth – $80,000 Dartmouth will develop a Harbor Management Plan to identify areas of concern regarding current management of the harbor. This project will involve a broad group of community stakeholders in the development of the management plan. Fairhaven – $72,000 Fairhaven will fund the Public Safety Marina phase of the larger renovation of Union Wharf. The award will contribute to the costs of infrastructure, fencing, security lighting and engineering oversight. The project will also consolidate the Town’s public safety marine units into one location to improve the overall public safety of the port by increasing efficiency and producing faster response times. Lynn – $1,000,000 Lynn will use this award in the construction of a seawall to support a Harborwalk along the city’s coastline. This will provide a publically accessible connection from the Lynn Heritage State Park to the Lynn Ferry landing. Plymouth – $48,390 Plymouth will use this grant to pay for a new boat ramp for commercial fisherman. The current boat ramp is the second busiest in the state and draws many recreational users whom fishermen must compete with for access to the ramp. This project supports the maritime objectives of the community by providing the necessary infrastructure to support both the existing commercial activity within the harbor and the growing aquaculture industry. Rockport – $102,000 Rockport will use this award to construct a boat landing facility on Straitsmouth Island. This will open up access to the pristine 29-acre island for the first time in over 80 years for boaters, kayakers, hikers, bird watchers and people wishing to tour both the historic lighthouse and the keeper’s house. Saugus – $120,000 Saugus will support the town’s RiverWalk project, which seeks to support and sustain locally based lobstermen by creating new economic opportunities. This funding will help attract local citizens and leisure visitors alike to a newly accessible and inviting Saugus River bank and set the stage for the establishment of new restaurant and retail businesses in the area. Swansea – 1,000,000 The Town of Swansea will use this award to construct a variety of buildings necessary for the development of its coastal infrastructure. This funding will be used to build a lifeguard station, bath house and training facility.
Massport Announces Primera Air Flights between Boston & Europe Starting in May, 2018
Massport continues to expand its international air routes as Primera Air announced three new direct flights to Paris (CDG), London (STN) and Birmingham (BHX) flying to and from Boston Logan International Airport starting in May 2018. Primera Air President & Chairman Andri M. Ingolfsson said that with the new Airbus 321 NEO airplane, “we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircrafts.” Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said that Massport “continues to focus on providing more options to our customers as more and more travelers choose Boston Logan International Airport to connect to the globe. We are pleased to welcome Primera Air as our newest carrier.” Over 36.2 million passengers travelers through Logan Airport in 2016, including 6.6 million international passengers. Logan currently has non-stop international service to 54 destinations. Primera’s year-round service begins in May 2018, offering four weekly roundtrip flights to London (STN) and Birmingham (BHX) and three weekly roundtrip flights to Paris (CDG) from Boston Logan. Ticket for these new destinations went on sale July 20, 2017 for as little as $99 one way, taxes included. The aircraft provides two classes of cabin – full-service Premium and low-fare Economy, Wi-Fi and access for all passengers to charge their devices on board. Primera Air operates flights to more than 70 airports in Europe. Primera Air is based in Denmark and Latvia, and is part of the Primera Travel Group that operates travel agencies and tour operating companies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Estonia. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information please visit massport.com.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches 3rd Annual Summer Nights Initiative for City Youth
Photo: Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh celebrate Summer Nights Initiative at Roberts Park. This week Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh kicked off the 3rd annual Summer Nights initiative to increase programming and extend the operational hours of select pools, parks and athletic complexes across the Commonwealth. Joining them at Roberts Park in Dorchester were Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy. Launched in 2015, the Summer Nights Initiative, organized by DCR, benefits youth within the cities of Boston, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Malden, Springfield, and Worcester during summer evenings. Governor Baker said the initiative “offers recreational programs and extended hours at our pools and parks to provide a safe and fun place for all. With over 450,000 acres of public land, including several parks within city neighborhoods throughout Massachusetts, our parks offer perfect locations for kids to get outside and explore nature, many of which are right in people’s backyards.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito called the initiative, “an important yearly program for our Administration over the last three years, impacting the lives of children and their families across the Commonwealth. By extending the hours of operations at highly visible and frequently utilized facilities, we are able to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle at an early age for our children.” Mayor Walsh noted that in the summer, “it’s especially important to help kids stay active and safe, in order to keep kids engaged in their communities. They need safe places to have fun both day and night, and DCR’s Summer Nights Initiative provides more opportunities for kids in Boston to do just that. We are thrilled to welcome this valuable program back this summer.” The DCR has also commenced its popular Free Family Flicks movie series, with free movies being screened in select parks across the Commonwealth. The extension of summer operations will continue through August 17, 2017. Here is a full schedule of extended hours and programming for additional youth access. The following 10 water/swimming facilities have extended hours of operations on Thursdays in July until 7:45 p.m. and in August until 7:30 p.m.: • Allied Veterans Memorial Pool (65 Elm St, Everett, MA). • Holland Memorial Pool (108 Mountain Ave, Malden, MA). • Olsen Pool (95 Turtle Pond Pkwy, Hyde Park, Boston, MA). • Sara Jane Sherman Memorial Pool (750 Meadow St, Chicopee, MA). • Southwest Corridor Park Spraydecks (Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA). • Bennett Field (Veterans Memorial) Pool (1260 Main St, Worcester, MA). • Lt. Colonel Edward J. Higgins Pool (180 Crawford St, Lawrence, MA). • Ryan Wading Pool (350 River St, Mattapan, Boston, MA). • Melnea Cass Pool (120 Martin Luther King Blvd, Roxbury, Boston, MA). • Vietnam Veterans Pool (339 Eastern Avenue, Fall River, MA). Learn about additional programs available from Mass DCR. To find out more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Five Things: Summer in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released a new brochure titled 5 Things: Summer in Massachusetts, a selection of eight day trips to help you enjoy your summer vacation, as well as tips for family fun, ice cream shops, holiday activities, and highlighted events taking place in Massachusetts. Read the press release on 5 Things Summer for more details. You can find full details on visiting Massachusetts this summer, or any time of year, at MassVacation.com.
Dream or Discover Central Massachusetts This Summer
Fitton Field, Home of the Worcester Bravehearts. Discover Central Massachusetts has issued a new summer video inviting tourists to visit the region this summer. Among the highlights: free summer concerts in the park, tasty cuisine on Shrewsbury Street, and baseball games with the Worcester Bravehearts. Find more about all the Central Massachusetts has to offer at VisitCentralMA.org. For information about visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
Lufthansa Air Names Boston its City of the Month, Pays Homage to Thoreau
German airline Lufthansa has named Boston its “City of the Month” by releasing an inspiring short video that takes viewers on a 20 mile trek from downtown Boston to Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden is where 19th century American writer Henry David Thoreau, born 200 years ago this summer, lived out his philosophy of self-reliance. The video was made by videographer Sam Swan, and features local actresses Saili Kline and Krissy Price. The song on the video, Trip to Walden Pond, is the title track to a new album just released by Boston-based fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel Block. It is an original composition. “From the harbor to high rises, from townhouses to treetops, we followed the call of the wilderness in exploring all that is Boston. Care to take a walk with us?” reads the description on Lufthansa’s Facebook page. “Follow us in Thoreau’s footsteps from the buzzing city into the welcoming arms of Mother Nature,” reads the introduction, as the women walk along Boston’s waterfront, North End and downtown before arriving at Walden Pond. The video leaves viewers with the choice: “City or Nature? Whatever your choice is, make it your adventure.” The video has had over 300,000 views. Lufthansa has direct flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and both Frankfort and Munich, Germany, according to Massport. In March, Lufthansa opened its new state-of-the-art lounge in Terminal E at Boston’s Logan Airport. Read Lufthansa’s Travel Guide to Boston. Massachusetts is celebrating the bi-centennial of the birth of Thoreau this summer and fall, with various events planned at Walden Pond, which is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MDCR). For visitor information about the Concord area, go to MerrimackValley.org. To find out what Massachusetts has to offer any time of year, visit MassVacation.com.
Massport Christens South Boston cruise terminal as the Flynn Cruiseport
The Boston Seaport continues to flourish, with record numbers of cruise ships, cargo activities and development taking place along the harbor. State and city officials recently came together to honor the man who started the renaissance back in 1986, former Boston Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Ray Flynn. On May 4, Governor Charlie Baker joined Massport officials, local elected officials, tourism leaders and dockworkers to formally dedicate Flynn Cruiseport Boston at the Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston. Ambassador Flynn was joined by his wife Cathy, children and grandchildren. Governor Charlie Baker said, “We are honored to dedicate this facility in honor of Ambassador Flynn and his service to the people of Boston, our Commonwealth and nation. A proud son of South Boston who worked these docks as a young man and would later become Mayor, Ambassador Flynn saw before many others the opportunity to build the economically vibrant seaport district we stand in today.” Mayor of Boston from 1984 until 1993, Flynn opened the Cruiseport in 1986, and in the first year, 13 ships and a total of 11,723 passengers came to Boston. Fast forward to 2017, and the Cruiseport is welcoming a record 64 homeport calls and 89 port-of-calls. Cruise operations at Massport provide over 950 direct jobs; $25 million in annual local, state, and federal tax revenue and contribute nearly half a billion dollars to the regional economy. Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Today we honor a man whose vision and dedication to this city has led to transformative opportunities to Boston’s Seaport. Ambassador Flynn never forgot his family’s roots in the shipyards of South Boston and he spent his life working to make life better for the people of this city.” Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said that as mayor, Flynn “helped the City of Boston revive its industrial port, preserve blue collar jobs, and left an indelible mark on the history of our great city. It is fitting that his name is now tied to an area of the city which has such a rich history from welcoming immigrant families to the shores of Boston to serving as an Army and Naval base.” Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said, “Ambassador Flynn has dedicated his life to the people and resources of South Boston and Massport is proud to play a role in ensuring his legacy is remembered for generations to come.” Other officials who spoke included House Speaker Robert DeLeo, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, and Boston City Councilors Bill Linehan and Michael Flaherty. Also participating was Bill McNamara, Vice President of the International Longshoremen’s Association. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was docked at the terminal for today’s celebration, which made its maiden call to Boston last year and is the largest ship ever to call Boston with 4,180 passengers. The ship is one of the newest in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet. Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Seabourn will also offer a variety of Boston-based cruises departing Flynn Cruiseport Boston through November 2017. Flynn Cruiseport Boston is a favorite port-of-call with cruise passengers with a growing variety of itineraries to choose from. Many voyages sail north along the Canada/New England coastline – a fall favorite for New England’s spectacular foliage – or to the Caribbean, the pink sand beaches of Bermuda or across the Atlantic to Europe. Flynn Cruiseport Boston is a recipient of Cruise Insight Magazine’s “Best Turnaround Destination” and “Most Efficient Port Facilities” awards. Five ships are currently home-based in Boston, the oldest continuously operated port in the Western Hemisphere: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn, Holland America Line’s Maasdam, Holland America Line’s Rotterdam, Holland America Line’s Veendam and Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas. Here is the 2017 schedule of cruiseships coming to Flynn Cruiseport Boston. Find out more about Flynn Cruiseport Boston on Facebook at facebook.com/portofboston and follow on Twitter at twitter.com/portofbos. For information about visiting Massachusetts throughout the year, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates the Centennial of President John F. Kennedy
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum opens its new exhibition, JFK 100: Milestones & Mementos, on Friday, May 26. The exhibition chronicles historic milestones in the President’s career and administration, as well as the events of his personal and family life, features a compelling selection of items drawn mostly from the Kennedy Library’s collections. Highlights of the exhibition include family items from his childhood and adolescence; a flag from the PT 109 boat Kennedy commanded in World War II; items relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and notes jotted down by the President in preparation of his landmark address to the nation on civil rights. Here is a video tribute to President Kennedy from his daughter Caroline Kennedy and her family. Here are upcoming events commemorating the JFK Centennial in 2017. Located at Columbia Point in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, the JFK Library is one of Massachusetts’ most popular tourism destinations. Since it opened in 1979, over eight million people have visited the JFK Library, including visitors from every US state and from dozens of countries around the world. In addition, 4.5 million people visit the JFK Library online annually. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts War Memorials
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has issued a guide to select war memorials throughout the Commonwealth in advance of this year’s Memorial Day Weekend. Massachusetts residents have an illustrious history of military service, dating back to the Revolutionary War and continuing through today. MOTT’s war memorial brochure features a selection of memorials, ranging from the U.S.S. Constitution in Charlestown, Battleship Cove in Fall River and the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monuments on Boston Common, to the World War II Museum in Natick, World War II Auditorium in Worcester, the War Memorial Tower at Mt. Greylock and the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Boston’s Seaport District. Here is a list of all of the war memorials in Massachusetts. MOTT also provides a Memorial Day round-up of parades and commemorations, including free events at museums and attractions for veterans. You can find more information about various veterans programs in Massachusetts by visiting the Department of Veterans Services. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13, 2017
Across the United States, tourism professionals are celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 7-13 2017. First established in 1983, the annual tradition is organized by the U.S. Travel Association, and shines a spotlight on the tourism industry’s economic contributions in terms of direct spending, taxes, job creation and wages. The theme of this year’s Travel & Tourism Week is Faces of Travel, highlighting people who work in the industry. In Massachusetts, the tourism community celebrated Tourism Day on April 7 with an event at the State House. Governor Charlie Baker issued a Massachusetts Tourism Day proclamation extolling economic benefits tourism has on the state’s economy, including 135,000 jobs and $14.4 billion in paid wages. In 2015, 25 million domestic and 2.5 million international travelers came to Massachusetts, a total of 27.5 million visitors. They spent $20.2 billion on lodging, meals, cultural and recreational attractions, transportation and retail. This direct spending generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes In addition to economic benefits, tourism strengthens the cohesiveness of communities, by showcasing important cultural treasures such as museums, performing arts, culinary programs, shopping and outdoor recreation. And it creates awareness about Massachusetts’ vibrant ethnic communities, college campuses, maritime industry and agricultural riches. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the primary state agency and works with international and domestic partners to promote the state as a year round destination. It also partners with BrandUSA and Discover New England to reach foreign markets around the world. Massachusetts has 16 regional tourism councils (RTCs) across the Commonwealth that promote tourism year round to both leisure and business travelers. Other key partners in promoting tourism include the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which brings in hundreds of professional conventions and conferences each year; Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state agency that funds the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; and Massport, operator of Logan International Airport, which has 54 direct international flights and 75 direct domestic flights. Enjoy Travel & Tourism Week!
Massachusetts Celebrates Jazz Month & International Jazz Day
Sunday, April 30 is International Jazz Day, which is organized by UNESCO each year to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the world. In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has declared April 2017 to be Jazz Month, a tribute to the state’s vibrant, year-round jazz scene. Governor Baker called jazz “one of America’s most treasured exports, connecting races, cultures and continents.” Here is Massachusetts’ Jazz Month Proclamation. The proclamation coincides with “Jazz Week 2017,” organized each year by JazzBoston, a non-profit organization that promotes jazz year round in greater Boston. Another resource for jazz lovers is MassJazz.com at the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, a year round marketing effort to promote the state’s jazz performance and education. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
State Officials Stocks Half a Million Trout in Bodies of Water Across Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker waded feet first into the Massachusetts fishing season this morning by visiting Jamaica Pond in Boston, helping to stock the pond with nearly 1,000 trout. He was joined by students from the Mary Curley Elementary and Middle School, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson, local legislators, City of Boston Parks & Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook and local fishermen and JP residents. This spring, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is releasing 500,000 trout produced at state-operated hatcheries in Belchertown, Montague, Sandwich, Palmer, and Sunderland. The program helps to supplement existing fish populations and provide greater recreational opportunities while distributing brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout into more than 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth each year. Here is a map of this year’s trout stocking. 2017 spring trout stocking stats: Most of the trout will be over 12 inches Nearly half of the trout will be over 14 inches More than 1,400 brown trout will be over 18 inches More than 600 brook trout will be over 15 inches More than 2000 tiger trout will be over 14 inches Follow Division of Fisheries & Wildlife on Facebook. Massachusetts offers beautiful freshwater lakes, reservoirs, ponds, streams, and rivers for people to fish and enjoy a great day on the water. Fishing is extremely popular in Massachusetts, with nearly 190,000 residents purchasing a freshwater fishing license every year, in addition to 18,000 non-residents who travel here to enjoy the great freshwater fishing opportunities. Those aged 15 or older need a license to fish in Massachusetts inland waters. For residents 15–17 years of age, and those over 70, there is no fee. Those under 15 may fish without a license. A fishing license is available online at MassFishHunt or in person at a license vendor around the state. To find out more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Quincy 400 Initiative Launched to Celebrate the Past & Future of the City of Presidents
The City of Quincy, known as the City of Presidents, has announced its new Quincy 400 initiative, an ambitious and all-encompassing endeavor to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1625. This week, Mayor Thomas P. Koch unveiled the Quincy 400 initiative before a packed room at the Great Hall in Quincy City Hall, by posing the basic question, “Where do we want Quincy to be in 2025?” Koch helped answer the question by discussing key topics that ranged from tourism and economic development to arts and culture, education and transportation. Getting all of Quincy’s historic neighborhoods involved is also a key component of the initiative. “The most important voice will be yours,” Koch said to the residents, when describing how the plans will take shape in the years leading up to 2025. A short video was presented at the meeting, extolling the historical significance of Quincy, with commentary by Governor Charlie Baker, Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough and Mayor Koch himself. The Quincy 400 initiative also has its own website, Quincy400.com, which provides a calendar of upcoming information meetings in Quincy’s various neighborhoods, plus a survey to solicit input and creative ideas directly from residents. The web site will keep people informed of ongoing plans tying into the celebration. Quincy is one of over two dozen cities, towns and neighborhoods that are celebrating a 400th anniversary between 2020 and 2030. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is helping to spearhead a concerted effort to coordinate a variety of plans that launch with the Plymouth400 celebration in 2020.
Massport Launches Direct Flights between Massachusetts and Colombia on Avianca
Massachusetts continues to expand its global connections with the announcement of the new direct route between Boston and Bogotá, Colombia on Avianca . Governor Charlie Baker joined Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn and other officials last week at Logan International Airport to celebrate the 53rd international destination flying out of Logan Airport. The international flights now encompass South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Governor Baker said the airline connection “allows the Commonwealth to maintain its competitive edge and continue to reap the benefits of a culturally and professionally diverse population.” Massport CEO Glynn said, “The addition of nonstop service to Bogotá is another example of Massport’s focus on connecting New England with the global economy.” The Avianca route begins on June 2 and offers year-round service from Boston to Bogotá four times per week on an A319 aircraft. In Bogotá, passengers can conveniently connect to 36 destinations throughout South and Central America through Avianca’s hub. Avianca is the flag carrier of Colombia and the country’s largest air carrier. The second largest air carrier in Latin America, it has been in operations since 1919, making it the oldest airline in the Western Hemisphere. A member of the Star Alliance, Avianca serves over 100 destinations in almost 30 countries with a modern fleet of over 180 aircraft. Yida Ximena Mora Silva of the Boston’s Consulate General of Colombia called the new flight, “an example of how the United States and Colombia continue to develop strong ties that benefit both countries.” The Colombian community in Massachusetts has had significant growth since the 1960s, with over 20,000 Colombians now residing in the Commonwealth. Colombians also make up the 8th largest foreign-born population in Boston, with the majority (75%) residing in East Boston. Sustaining Boston’s competitive edge in international travel is critical to the state’s highly travel-dependent and diversified economic base which is spread across sectors such as information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, education, and medical scientific research and products. International non-stop flights make Boston more attractive to foreign companies to locate U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth. Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, said the increase in direct air service “increased Massachusetts’ overseas visitor market by 13% to 1.7 million visitors, bolstering our state economy through direct spending, taxes and jobs.” In addition to the new Avianca route, Massport officials also celebrated the Terminal E renovation and enhancement project designed to improve the passenger experience. The international terminal was expanded by 95,000 square feet, along with renovating three existing gates and adding services to accommodate larger aircrafts. The project incorporates sustainable and resilient design elements and has submitted documentation for LEED Gold certification. Boston Logan International Airport offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 53 international destinations and served more than 36 million passengers last year. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information please visit massport.com. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates Poetry Month in April
Massachusetts, proud of its longstanding traditions of literature, is celebrating National Poetry Month throughout the Commonwealth in April 2017. The Commonwealth’s poetry tradition stretches back to the 17th century when Anne Dudley Bradstreet was America’s first published poet in 1650. Phyllis Wheatley, an African slave living in Boston, published her poetry during the lead-up to the American Revolution; her first book of poetry was actually published in England though her poetry was all about Massachusetts. The muse continued through the 19th century with writers like Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Boyle O’Reilly, followed by a wealth of great poetry in the 20th century by Stanley Kunitz, Robert Lowell, E.E. Cummings, Ann Sexton, Slyvia Plath, and many others. Massachusetts has an official state poem, called The Blue Hills of Massachusetts by Katherine E. Mullen. Today the poetry tradition is more robust than ever. Thanks to Mass Poetry and other organizations, there are poetry events, readings and competitions throughout the year. Check out these events in the coming weeks that celebrate the written and spoken words of poetry, compiled by Paige Southworth of Emmanuel College. Greater Boston: Boston National Poetry Month Festival 2017 Boston Public Library- Friday (April 7) • 13 Keynote Poets (Winners of Mass Book Award, National Book Award & Pulitzer Prize) Saturday (April 8) /Sunday (April 9) • 50 established/emerging poets • Open Mic • Panel on Craft and Publishing (Saturday Only) Northeastern University- Thursday (April 7) • 2nd Annual High School Poetry Slam Competition North of Boston: Peabody Institute Library-Wednesday (April 19) • Get to Know the Festival Poets: Discussion Series 7-8pm Cape Ann Museum-Saturday (April 29) Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop: Local Poet Gayle Henry will teach participants how to write poetry using the museums artifacts as inspiration 10:30am-12pm 9th Annual 2017 Mass Poetry Festival Downtown Salem (May 5-7) South of Boston: Plymouth Center for the Arts-Sunday (April 9) • The Art of Words: Mike Amado Memorial Series 12 -3pm Cape Cod & the Islands: Wellfleet Library-Saturday (April 29) • Cape Cod Poetry Group (National Poetry Month Discussion on Change & Transition) 1-3 pm Central Massachusetts: Worcester State University (Student Center)-Wednesday (April 12) • Annual Judith O’Connell Hoyer ’65 Poetry Reading 2-4pm Western Massachusetts: Smith College (Poetry Center)-Thursday (April 13)
Massachusetts Celebrates Tourism Day at the State House
Caption: Regional Tourism Councils shared their wares at Tourism Day. (Photograph by Shannon Healey) Tourism officials from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State House on Thursday, April 6 to celebrate Tourism Day in Massachusetts. The annual event is hosted by the 16 Regional Tourism Councils (RTCs) of Massachusetts, along with the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, the Massachusetts Visitors Industry Council and Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). Representing the Baker-Polito Administration were Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham and MOTT Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud. To kick off the event, Nivaud presented a Tourism Day Proclamation from the Baker-Polito Administration to Susan Nicholl, RTC representative and executive director of Metro West Visitors Bureau. The proclamation praised the tourism industry “for contributing to our year round economic growth, employment and cultural identity.” Other speakers at Tourism Day included Representative Cory Atkins and Senator Adam G. Hinds, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. Ann Marie Casey, executive director of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, was emcee at the event. The officials presented Champion of Tourism awards to State Senator Karen E. Spilka and State Representative Mathew Muratore. The centerpiece of Tourism Day each year is the exhibition of tourism literature and culinary treats from the regional tourism councils. This is where legislators, state officials and the general public have a chance to meet representatives of each tourism region, pick up the latest brochures and maps, and sample the local food and beverage. Among the favorite products this year were clam chowder, cider donuts, Boston creme pies and cupcakes, and Cape Cod chips. In 2015, 25 million domestic and 2.5 million international travelers came to Massachusetts, a total of 27.5 million visitors. They spent $20.2 billion on lodging, meals, cultural and recreational attractions, transportation and retail. This direct spending generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes, and supplied over 135,000 jobs in Massachusetts. MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination to domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. For more information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
2017 Boston Marathon® to Generate $192.2 Million for Massachusetts Economy
The Boston Marathon, one of the most iconic sporting events in the world, is also a significant driver of the Massachusetts economy, bringing an estimated $192.2 million in spending impacts to the region, according to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Now in its 121st year, the Boston Marathon starts in Hopkinton, travels through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline before ending at Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay. Bureau President and CEO Pat Moscaritolo said, “The Boston Marathon and its related events provide an extraordinary kick start for our visitor season. The Boston Marathon is the premier and most beloved event in our city, and region and our community looks forward each year to welcoming runners and media from around the world.” Race officials from the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) estimate 30,000 runners will official participate in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, and 10,000 runners in the B.A.A. 5K race and other local activities. In addition, 1,000 members of the media from 200 outlets are covering this year’s race. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade, said, “The Boston Marathon benefits hundreds of small businesses, who welcome the runners and spectators from 99 countries and all fifty states along the 26.2 mile route. In addition, the global media coverage of the race sheds a positive spotlight on Massachusetts as a place to live, visit, study, or start a business.” Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A., said, “Nearly everyone involved in the events of the week – from 40,000 athletes in the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 5K, to the hundreds of thousands of spectators that line the course, and more than 9,500 volunteers – will patronize local businesses throughout Greater Boston.” Last year, the 2016 Boston Marathon generated $188.8 million (USD) and had an entry field of 30,816 athletes. Shannah McArdle, Director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office, said, “Massachusetts is rightly hailed as the state of champions, given its longstanding athletic success in amateur, collegiate and professional sports. The Boston Marathon strengthens our marketing brand and attracts other sporting events to come to Massachusetts.” For an insider’s view of the Boston Marathon, read this profile on Race Director Dave McGillivray in MassFinds. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit baa.org. Find out about visiting Massachusetts at massvacation.com
Ted Cutler, Patron of the Arts in Boston (1930- 2017)
Ted Cutler, patron of the arts, advocate for education, supporter of the parks and friend of the needy in Boston, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at age 86. Governor Charlie Baker said, “His legacy will continue to live on through his many philanthropic contributions and his deep commitment to the people of the Commonwealth. His kindness, generosity and compassion will be sorely missed.” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Boston has lost a philantropic giant. We will work to ensure his legacy continues to shine a light on the city of Boston.” One of Boston’s leading philantropists, Ted Cutler’s generosity ranged from helping to feed the hungry to underwriting the holiday lights on Commonwealth Avenue Mall. His main passion was for the performing arts and for Emerson College, his alma mater. Among his most recent contributions to the people of Massachusetts was the free, outdoor festival, Outside the Box on Boston Common, which featured hundreds of performing artists, musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians and actors. The annual festival was popular with residents and tourists alike. Read more about the vision for Outside the Box here, and also tributes to Ted Cutler from his friends and admirers.
Award-Winning Digital Displays at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Check out the new video on digital displays from Signature Boston, the marketing arm of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. This is the fourth video in Signature Boston’s Technology series: previous segments presented Technology Leadership, Wireless Connectivity, and Network Infrastructure. Learn more about Signature Boston’s Technology Support program. Here is a schedule of upcoming conferences and conventions at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center.
Massachusetts Celebrates Irish Heritage Month
To celebrate the Commonwealth’s largest ethnic group, Governor Charlie Baker issued a 2017 Irish Heritage Month proclamation that highlights the storied history, culture and accomplishments of the Massachusetts Irish. Irish-Americans represent the largest ethnic community in the Commonwealth, with 20.5% of all residents claiming Irish ancestry, according to the US Census. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism compiled a blog of Irish activities taking place in every corner of the Commonwealth, including cultural activities, special events, parades, commemorations and celebrations to mark St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on March 17 each year. Find year round information on visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
5 Things Spring in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism offers great ideas for visitors to the Commonwealth this spring: flower shows and botanical gardens; outdoor hikes and scenic jaunts; road races and marathons; and special holidays, including Passover & Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and Patriots Day, Memorial Day and Bunker Hill Day. Read about it here or see the booklet below: For information about visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
U.S. News & World Report Names Massachusetts #1 State in America
U.S. News & World Report debuted its Best States rankings this week and Massachusetts was ranked the #1 State in the United States. The rankings are based on various factors, such as education health care, infrastructure, government economy, opportunity and justice. The project includes 28 rankings using 68 metrics, 26 data sources and 10,000 data points. Here is a summary of all 50 states. Massachusetts’ highest rankings include: # 1 Educational Attainment #1 College readiness #2 Medicare quality #3 Pre-K to 12th grade “Massachusetts is a great place to live, work and raise a family because of the strength and character of all those who call the Commonwealth home,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Everyone should be proud that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in health care access and public education for all citizens, and our administration will continue to build on these accomplishments to bring more economic success to every corner of Massachusetts.” In an interview on CBS This Morning, Governor Baker joined Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for the Report, to discuss the Commonwealth’s #1 overall ranking. “We have a lot of great schools” in Massachusetts, Governor Baker said. “That has led to a whole series of terrific, what I would call ecosystems around technology and healthcare and finance and education. You put it all together, in this day and age, in this kind of global economy and global world we live in, and it’s a terrific mix.” Health care factored into the state’s high rankings, according to the Report. In 2015, 96.4% of residents had health care insurance, the highest in the country, and the health care industry contributed $19.77 billion to state’s economy. Massachusetts also ranked first in Broadband access, and was also cited for its low unemployment and rate of new business growth, ranking second in the nation for new patents. “We also do have a bipartisan approach to working together,” Baker said. “People are okay with the ideas of compromise and collaboration. If you look at the success we’ve had policy-wise in the education, health care, and economy spaces, energy and a whole bunch of others, they’ve all been done on a bipartisan basis.” Reporter Visi Tilak, who wrote the Massachusetts summary, wrote, “Its vibrant academic environment, innovative and supportive health care policies and modernizing economy, measure for measure, make this small New England powerhouse with a population of 6.8 million the strongest state of all.” Tilak concluded that the indicators “point to a promising future for a state presently ranked No. 1 overall, a state whose fabric is woven with the modern and traditional, immense range and diversity, a formula that allows for tremendous innovation and growth.” Find out about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council Awards $5 Million to 13 Communities
Port of New Bedford. Photo courtesy of New Bedford Tourism & Marketing Office. Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council announced a total of $5 million in awards for 13 coastal communities. The grant awards advance collaborative initiatives to improve public infrastructure and promote maritime economic development in a wide array of coastal cities and towns. Governor Charlie Baker called the Blue Economy “an integral component of Massachusetts’s long-term economic growth, in sectors as diverse as robotics and commercial fishing. These investments will help modernize and repair vital infrastructure in New Bedford, encourage research and development in Falmouth, and generate maritime economic growth from Gloucester to Tisbury.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said that Massachusetts “has built a globally competitive economy on our ability to leverage the Commonwealth’s unique strengths, skills, and physical assets. The Seaport Economic Council gives coastal communities the tools to advance collaborative work and community-based plans that will encourage sustainable growth.” Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, vice-chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said the Baker-Polito Administration “remains committed to supporting our 78 coastal cities and towns by making investments in waterfront planning and coastal assets which generate economic development.” Here is a link to the 2017 grant recipients of the Seaport Economic Council. The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast.
West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism and business
The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts unveiled their new branding identity — West Mass — in Holyoke on February 8, 2017. Here is what West Mass is about, according to the organizers of the initiative: “West Mass is a culturally rich, northeastern region characterized by the synergy of three distinct and exceptional counties: Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden. Within 40 miles north to south, it is a rural pioneer frontier and eclectic academia hub and an urban economic center. There is no region more fertile for the creation and fulfillment of ideas and experiences. It’s where things are done for the first time.” View this two minute video on WestMass by Steve Porter, a Holyoke-based video producer Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Visitors Bureau, told Masslive.com that the word “maverick” is part of the new branding for the region. “A maverick is someone who is pushing out there to do something first. The city of firsts,” Wydra said. “This campaign is about firsts. Your first visit. Your first time shooting a basket at center court in the Hall of Fame. Your first job. Your new company’s first office at Open Square.” For further details, visit WestMass.com. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Declares ‘New England Patriots Day’ on February 7, 2017
New England Patriots Day Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker Whereas February 7th, 2017, marks parade day once again in Boston to honor an amazing win in Super Bowl LI and the historic run over the past 16 years by the New England Patriots; and Whereas No team playing in the Super Bowl had ever overcome a deficit greater than 10 points, the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to erase Atlanta’s 25-point advantage; and Whereas Under the tutelage of Coach Belichick and his magnificent staff, Tom Brady and his teammates orchestrated the most miraculous comeback win in Super Bowl history; and Whereas Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 466 yards, cementing his legacy as the GOAT; and Whereas Bill Belichick, having taken the Patriots to 11 conference championships in 16 years, eclipsed former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll as the winningest Super Bowl coach, running his record to 5-2 on sport’s biggest stage; and Whereas Dont’a Hightower’s forced fumble, Trey Flower’s sack, Julian Edelman’s gravity defying catch, and James White’s stand out performance, coupled with the offensive line’s resilient protection and a host of other key player contributions, are a hallmark of the New England Patriots concept of a “team win”; and Whereas Under the Kraft Family’s leadership, “doing your job” is not only a saying but a way of life – the New England Patriots have collectively become the region’s greatest role model for fans watching from Maine to Connecticut and everywhere in between; and Whereas New England and Boston sports have a rich and lasting history punctuated by an unprecedented run over the past 16 years across all the region’s professional sports, and the New England Patriots are known as the architects of this historic run; and Whereas Since the founding of this nation, Boston has been the birthplace of patriots and game changers, the New England Patriots have proudly carried on this tradition, heralding in a new generation of Patriots and Patriots fans, Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim February 7th, 2017, to be, New England Patriots Day And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance. Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Seventh Day of February, in the year two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-first. By His Excellency Charles D. Baker Governor of the Commonwealth Karyn E. Polito Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Governor Baker announces budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018
(Photo courtesy of State House News) The Baker-Polito Administration filed its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal on January 25, 2017. The $40.508 billion spending plan funds key priorities including local aid, education, workforce development, housing and homelessness services, and substance misuse prevention programs, while keeping spending in line with recurring revenues and does not raise taxes. See video on the budget proposal, with comments by Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance. “This budget reaffirms our commitment to the hardworking people of the Commonwealth to propose a balanced budget that significantly invests in education, workforce development and funds to fight the opioid epidemic—without raising taxes,” said Governor Baker. “While practicing fiscal discipline and reining in spending, we are also pleased to introduce new initiatives like the ‘Learn to Earn’ program to shrink the unemployment and underemployment gap in our state and a $4,000 tax-credit for employers hiring an unemployed veteran. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature so that we can all make Massachusetts a better place to live, work, and raise a family.” Read more information on the Governor’s filing letter, budget message and specific account informmation.
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