In the News


Middlesex United Way: Middletown wins $450,000 Working Cities grant to help single parents (The Middletown Press; February 12, 2018)

Hartford Among Five Connecticut Cities Winning Grants In 'Working Cities Challenge' (Hartford Courant; February 6, 2018)

City Wins Grant for Working Poor (Danbury News Times; February 6, 2018)

Grant to help Danbury efforts to overcome trust issues, reduce poverty (Danbury News Times; February 6, 2018)

Waterbury pulls in $450,000 jobs grant (Republican American; February 6, 2018)

Middletown, Waterbury win $450K 'Working Cities' grant (New Haven Biz; February 6, 2018)

Hartford among five CT cities to win $450K challenge grant (Hartford Business Journal; February 6, 2018)


Torrington, Waterbury among Working Cities Challenge Finalists (Republican American; July 1, 2017)

South End job search: Block party in Waterbury launches plan to tackle area employment (Republican American; June 28, 2017)

City of Providence Awarded $400,000 Working Cities Challenge Grant (The Providence American; May 21, 2017)

Newport Awarded Grant to Benefit Low- Income Residents (Newport This Week; May 18, 2017)

Community effort aims to assist city's low-income families (Newport Daily News; May 16, 2017)

City, State Begin Mount Washington Tree Planting Program (97.9 WHAV; May 16, 2017)

Three cities receive grants in economic development contest (The Associated Press; May 15, 2017)

Providence, Cranston, Newport win $400K grants through Boston Fed program (WPRI; May 11, 2017)

Cranston, Newport and Providence win Working Cities Challenge grants (Providence Business News; May 11, 2017)

Newport wins $400,000 multiyear grants in Rhode Island Working Cities Challenge Competition (The Newport Buzz; May 11, 2017)

Groups Combine for Disruptive Strategic Planning (New Britain City Journal; May 4, 2017)

Litchfield County struggles with population decline (Danbury Times; April 16, 2017)

Dan Haar: For 10 Connecticut Cities, A Hopeful Project Aims To Solve Problems (Hartford Courant; April 6, 2017)

Grant to focus on job opportunities for Hispanics in New Britain (New Britain Herald; April 5, 2017)

Middlesex United Way: Middletown to receive Working Cities Challenge grant (Middletown Press; March 24, 2017)

Increasing Jobs in City's South End (The Waterbury Observer; March, 21, 2017)

From the Chamber: The sense of community puts Torrington on top (The Registered Citizen; March 19, 2017)

City in running for major job grant (Danbury Times; March 15, 2017)

New Haven officials, residents seeking ways to help folks get to work (New Haven Register; February 23, 2017)

"One Cranston" Partnership to host citywide "SpeakOut" to solicit ideas on how to increase social cohesion, strengthen social (Cranston Patch; February 20, 2017)


Mount Washington Alliance Hires Estevez (WHAV; November 02, 2016)

Haverhill's Downtown on Display Friday with Tsongas Briefing (WHAV; November, 01, 2016)

Elm City eligible for grant (Yale Daily News; October, 17, 2016)

Meriden invited to participate in Federal Reserve grant program (; October, 06, 2016)

Crichton and crew working hard to expand after school programming (Cranston Herald; October, 06, 2016)

New England Knowledge Corridor Partnership to Host Mayors' Forum (Business West; October, 04, 2016)

R.I. to benefit from Boston Fed's Working Cities program (Providence Journal; September, 29, 2016)

Neighbors rally for better jobs, education (The Haverhill Gazette, August, 25, 2016)

Riverside revival: Renaissance Movement seeks new life for Square (Providence Journal; August, 24, 2016)

Mount Washington Makes Introductions at NeighborFEST Saturday (WHAV; August, 24, 2016)

Kennedy-led walking tour helps officials spot needs and connect with residents (The Westerly Sun; August, 21, 2016)

Grant part of effort to help revitalize North End (The Westerly Sun; August, 21, 2016)

'…We're going to turn Rhode Island around' (Pawtucket Times; August, 19, 2016)

City of Newport Wins Planning Grant for Working Cities Challenge (What's up NEWP; August, 16, 2016)

Municipalities given grants for economic development contest (The Washington Time, Associated Press; August, 12, 2016)

Seven R.I. communities win planning grants to compete for $1.5M (Providence Journal; August, 12, 2016)

Boston Fed president presents grant to R.I. cities and towns (Providence Journal; August, 12, 2016)

'Working Cities' Grant (Newport This Week; August, 11, 2016)

$475,000 Working Cities Challenge grant to help Pittsfield, five other communities across state (The Berkshire Eagle; July, 24, 2016)

'Team Springfield' honored by Boston Fed for Working Cities Challenge (, The Republican Business Desk; July, 20, 2016)

Program spurs economic success beyond Boston (Boston Globe; July, 18, 2016)

Mount Washington Group Celebrates Grant Recipient in Boston (WHAV; July, 18, 2016)

Success beyond Boston (Boston Globe; July, 18, 2016)

$475K to boost troubled Haverhill neighborhood (Eagle-Tribune; June, 06, 2016)

Officials React to Mount Washington Grant (WHAV; June, 02, 2016)

Boston Fed awards Springfield $475K grant to help low-income residents get work (; June, 01, 2016)

Springfield in running for $475,000 workforce development grant (; May, 20, 2016)

Data profiles shed light on state's 'Gateway Cities' (Clark University News Hub; May, 10, 2016)

Mount Washington meeting focuses on neighborhood (Eagle-Tribune; April 23, 2016)

Lowell officials confident in success of The Acre grant (Lowell Sun; April 20, 2016)

Working Cities Challenge offers resources to our communities (Rhode Island Foundation; April 19, 2016)

United Way leads effort to empower South End of New Bedford (South Coast Today; April 18, 2016)

Holyoke aims for long-term revival (Boston Globe; April 1, 2016)

CT joins Fed's urban-development challenge (Hartford Business Journal; March 31, 2016)

Gov. Malloy Announces Connecticut to Join the Boston Fed’s “Working Cities Challenge” to Help Communities Improve Economic Outcomes (State of Connecticut, Office of the Governor; March 24, 2016)

Ideas Aired at College (; March 24, 2016)

Working Cities Group Unveils Findings On Pittsfield (; March 24, 2016)

John Kostrzewa: The Federal Reserve's Working Cities Challenge is worthwhile (Providence Journal; March 12, 2016)

Warwick invited to take challenge for collaborative change (Warwick Beacon; March 10, 2016)

Thirteen R.I. communities can apply for Working Cities Challenge (Providence Business News; March 9, 2016)

Video- 13 RI Communities to Enter Working Cities Challenge (WPRI; March 8, 2016)

R.I. communities accept Working Cities Challenge (Pawtucket Times; March 8, 2016)

Boston Fed's Working Cities program offering grants in R.I (Providence Journal; March 8, 2016)

Grilled chicken salad with a side of the Working Cities Challenge (Woonsocket Call; March 8, 2016)

Somerville Awarded $200,000 to Create Fab Lab at Somerville High in Latest “Innovation City” Initiative (The Somerville News Weekly; February 24, 2016)

Holyoke Soup seeks to ladle out ideas, money, maybe new projects (The Springfield Republican; February 23, 2016)

Five Questions for Armeather Gibbs of the Rhode Island Working Cities Challenge (Living Cities; February 19, 2016)

Families unite to take back neighborhood (The Haverhill Gazette; January 21, 2016)

Fitchburg's North of Main revitalization project gets another $450,000 (Worcester Telegram & Gazette; January 15, 2016)

Neighbors urged to unite (The Haverhill Gazette; January 7, 2015)

Brockton collaborative aims to address family homelessness (The Enterprise; January 5, 2016)


Spark, Nuestras Raices in Holyoke share $90,000 in grant money for small business startups (The Springfield Republican; December 12, 2015)

North Shore Community College, Lynn, and partners awarded $15k grant (Wicked Local North of Boston; November 22, 2015)

Springfield looks to boost worker participation rate with Boston Fed grant (The Springfield Republican; November 5, 2015)

Editorial: The Fed in R.I. (Providence Journal; October 26, 2015)

Pittsfield Selected for Working Cities Challenge Design Grant (; October 23, 2015)

Riley's turnaround effort bigger than schools (Commonwealth Magazine; October 19, 2015)

Charlie Baker's Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announces new community grant program from the halls of WPI (The Springfield Republican; October 5, 2015)

Holyoke Spark program gets additional $56,000 to help idea-holders start businesses (The Springfield Republican; October 1, 2015)

R.I. to benefit from Boston Fed's Working Cities program (Providence Journal; September 29, 2015)

Rhode Island to take part in economic development contest (Boston Herald; September 29, 2015)

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston brings RI into economic competition (WPRO 630; September 29, 2015)

Boston Fed will work with Rhode Island communities to improve their economies (Providence Journal; September 28, 2015)

Boston Fed expands reach into R.I. (Providence Journal; September 28, 2015)

Holyoke business-catalyst program Spark Holyoke gets going (The Springfield Republican; March 30, 2015)

Holyoke to launch SPARK program as catalyst for new businesses (The Springfield Republican; March 27, 2015)

Massachusetts Gateway and Working Cities: Economic Conditions and Initiatives to Boost the Commonwealth's Small- to Mid-Size Cities (MassBenchmarks; 2015 Volume 17 Issue 1)

Fitchburg's North of Main project headed in the right direction (Sentinel & Enterprise; February 25, 2015)

Boston's poverty-fighting Rosengren pushes activist Fed vision (Bloomberg News; January 26, 2015)

The new Family Resource Center: Another source of pride in Lawrence (El Mundo Boston; January 16, 2015)


Somerville program helps young adults develop skills for employment (Boston Herald; December 29, 2014)

Boston Fed considers ways to bridge income gaps (Boston Globe; October 20, 2014)

Boston Fed’s Rosengren: Equality Opportunities Falling Short (Market News; October 20, 2014)

Yes, the Federal Reserve can reduce inequality (Washington Post; October 20, 2014)

Welcome to Chelsea, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (Chelsea Record; October 19, 2014)

Federal Reserve officials call for leadership, collaboration to fix ailing cities (Providence Journal; October 18, 2014)

Cities must succeed if individuals’ economic conditions to improve (Providence Journal; October 18, 2014)

Federal Reserve’s Janet Yellen Tours Chelsea, Massachusetts (NECN; October 16, 2014)

Fed Chair Yellen visits Chelsea (Chelsea Record; October 16, 2014)

How the Fed is trying to fill the gaps of monetary policy (Washington Post; October 16, 2014)

Chelsea’s Success Continues in Working Cities Challenge (Chelsea Record; July 21, 2014)

How 6 Cities Won the ‘Working Cities Challenge’ (Future Cities; January 16, 2014)

Fed's Rosengren Says Cities Program Helps in Ways Easing Can't (Bloomberg Businessweek; July 18, 2014)

Boston’s Fed Changing Local Communities (Boston Globe; June 15, 2014)

Working Cities Challenge Teams are Rolling Up Their Sleeves (MassInc; April 4, 2014)

The Fed is Right to Worry About Kitchen Table Economics (TIME; March 31, 2014)

What can the Fed Do to Solve Social Problems? (Marketplace; March 16, 2014)

Delegation from FRB Visited Lawrence (Rumbo News; February 21, 2014)

Boston Federal Reserve Bank CEO Tours City, Schools (Eagle-Tribune; February 20, 2014)

Federal Reserve Praises Fitchburg Economic-Development Plan (Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise; February 19, 2014)

Fitchburg Seeks to Transform Area North of Main Street (Worcester Telegram & Gazette; February 18, 2014)

Boston Fed Tries Social Activism (Radio Boston, WBUR; February 10, 2014)

Fed Head Takes ‘Working City Challenge’ (Salem Gazette; February 7, 2014)

Boston Fed President Visits Salem’s Point Neighborhood (Salem News; February 5, 2014)

Working Cities Challenge on DC Dialogue (New England Cable News; January 26, 2014)

Four Area Cities Get Fed Grants (Boston Globe North; January 23, 2014)

Boston Fed’s Latest Role: Community Organizer (The New York Times; January 21, 2014)

Working Cities Grant Recognizes Holyoke’s Effort for Latino Business Creation (Springfield Republican; January 20, 2014)

Fed Overreaches on Cities (Boston Herald; January 19, 2014)

Chelsea Gets Major Grant from Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge (Chelsea Record; January 16, 2014)

Lawrence Wins $700K for Working Families (Lawrence Eagle Tribune; January 16, 2014)

Holyoke Receives $250,000 from Fed-sponsored Competitions (New England Public Radio; January 16, 2014)

6 Mass. Cities Awarded Grants to Help Low-income Residents (NECN; January 16, 2014)

Boston Fed Names 6 Cities to Receive $1.8m in Grants (Boston Globe; January 15, 2014)

Boston Fed will Channel $1.8m to 6 Mass. Cities (Boston Globe; January 15, 2014)

Boston Fed Picks 6 Mass. Cities For $1.8M Grant Competition (WBUR; January 15, 2014)

6 ‘Working Cities’ Awarded Grants from the Fed (WBZ News; January 15, 2014)

Fitchburg Wins $400G Federal Reserve Grant (Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise; January 15, 2014)

Holyoke Receives 250K Working Cities Challenge Grant (WWLP; January 15, 2014)

Otorgan Subsidios a Seis Ciudades de Massachusetts (Univision Boston; January 15, 2014)


Janet Yellen Poised to Become to Most Important Person on Earth (Time Magazine; November 14, 2013)

Not Just Kumbaya…Collaboration Could Help Cities Get Ahead (New Bedford Standard Times; November 3, 2013)

Working Cities Challenge Moves Forward – 3Qs with Prabal Chakrabarti (Living Cities Blog; November 1, 2013)

Mason Square Supermarket in Springfield, Other Projects Might Gain from Working Cities Challenge (The Springfield Republican; October 14, 2013)

Group Competes for $700,000, Early Education Grant for Lynn (The Daily Item; September 26, 2013)

Raising Awareness (CityLine; May 15, 2013)

Grant Program Urges Cities Such as Brockton to Think Collaboratively: Brockton, Taunton Part of Effort to Reverse Economic Decline (The Brockton Enterprise; June 14, 2013)

Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge (NECN; May 8, 2013)

Brockton Fights for $700,000 Grant to Help Poor (The Brockton Enterprise; May 6, 2013)

Leaders Laud Contest to Grant Money to Struggling Communities (The Boston Herald; May 5, 2013)

Communities in Hunt for ‘Working Cities’ Grants (The Boston Globe; May 4, 2013)

5 Elements That Could Fix What Ails America’s Cities (The Huffington Post; May 3, 2013)

Working Cities Challenge Kicks off Search for Collaborative Leadership in Bay State (MassINC; May 3, 2013)

Boston Fed to Small Massachusetts Cities: We Want Your Best Ideas for Collaborative Problem Solving (Next City; May 3, 2013)

Fed’s Rosengren Says Collaboration ‘Crucial’ for Smaller Cities (Bloomberg Businessweek; May 3, 2013)

Boston’s Fed Bank to Hold City Contest (The Boston Herald; May 3, 2013)

Business, Civic Leaders Kick off Effort to Boost Bay State’s Smaller Cities (The Boston Herald; May 3, 2013)

Working Cities Challenge Encourages Collaborative Leadership (Yahoo! Finance; May 3, 2013)

Working Cities Challenge Encourages Collaborative Leadership (Wall St. Journal; May 3, 2013)

Working Cities Challenge Encourages Collaborative Leadership (MarketWatch; May 3, 2013)

Working Cities Challenge Encourages Collaborative Leadership (Marketplace; May 3, 2013)

Working Cities Challenge Encourages Collaborative Leadership (The Boston Globe; May 3, 2013)

Competition Encourages Collaboration to Revitalize Small Cities in Mass (WAMC; May 2, 2013)

Meeting Thursday Will Focus on Improving Lives of Low-Income Residents (South Coast Today; February 27, 2013)