Strengthening New England's Smaller Cities Strengthening New England's Smaller Cities

CDAC Regional Forum - Massachusetts CDAC Regional Forum - Massachusetts

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September 24, 2012
Union Crossing
50 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

Meetings will be held three times a year. While most meetings will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank, reasonable efforts will be made to hold at least one meeting annually out in a District area site. Agendas will be developed jointly by the Council members and Reserve Bank staff.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Community Development Advisory Council (CDAC) and Lawrence CommunityWorks, would like to thank all of those who attended the Strengthening New England's Smaller Cities, 2012 Regional Convening at Union Crossing.

Strengthening New England's Smaller Cities proved to be interactive and thought-provoking with over 175 committed professional in attendance. The convening focused on the importance of collaborative leadership, vision, and the role of anchor institutions in effecting positive change within smaller cities. In addition, the event showcased Lawrence CommunityWorks and United Way's newest initiative: a one-stop shop aimed at improving the household financial stability of Greater Lawrence.

Participating Organizations



9:45 a.m.

Registration & Networking

10:00 a.m.


William Lantigua
Mayor, City of Lawrence

10:05 a.m.

Framing the Day & Recognitions

Richard Walker
Senior Vice President, Community Development Advisory Council Chair
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

10:20 a.m.


Eric Rosengren
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

10:40 a.m.

Moderated Discussion

Prabal Chakrabarti
Vice President, Regional & Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

  • Panel I - Importance of collaborative leadership, vision and the role of
    anchor institutions in effecting positive change within smaller cities. (40 minutes)
    • Dr. Ramon Borges-Mendez
      Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning, Clark University
    • Denise Palumbo
      Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence General Hospital
    • Dr. Lane Glenn
      President, Northern Essex Community College
  • Panel II - The potential of financial stability centers to improve household financial stability (40 minutes)
    • Emily Harpster
      Director, SparkPoint Initiative, United Way of the Bay Area
    • Juan Bonilla
      Director of Asset Building and Homeownership, Lawrence Community Works
    • Charlene Bauer
      Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Business Development, Metro Credit Union
12:00 p.m.

Financial Stability Center Groundbreaking

Jessica Andors
Co-Executive Director, Lawrence Community Works

Mike Durkin
President, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

12:30 p.m.