Working Cities Challenge celebration to announce winning cities

Lunch included
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The Connolly Center
Federal Reserve Plaza
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA 02210

Event Recap

An unusual cross-section of leaders convened at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to celebrate the Working Cities Challenge, a community development initiative for Massachusetts' smaller cities. At the event were state officials including the Governor, members of the philanthropic community, Fed officials, private sector leaders, and representatives of city government, nonprofits, and businesses in many of Massachusetts' smaller cities.

A Video Message from Fed chairman Ben Bernanke


The Six Winning Cities

  • Lawrence: $700,000 three-year implementation award for its plan to change the way it's school system interfaces with the larger community by focusing on the direct correlation between economic and employment challenges amongst families and student success rates.
  • Fitchburg: $400,000 three-year implementation award for its eCarenomics Initiative, an effort to develop shared metrics for neighborhood health and well-being with the goal of making the North of Main neighborhood a place where residents choose to live, work, and invest.
  • Holyoke: $250,000 three-year implementation award to help build a link between the city's Latino population and its innovation economy through adult education and supportive services. The proposal includes a focus on social ventures and small business development.
  • Chelsea: $225,000 three-year implementation award for its Shurtleff-Bellingham Initiative, designed to engage public, private, and nonprofit sectors in an effort to reduce poverty and mobility rates by 30% in this struggling neighborhood.
  • Somerville: $100,000 seed award toward its proposal to reduce unemployment among low-income youth by creating new, youth-targeted workforce development systems infused with mobile technology and social media.
  • Salem: $100,000 seed award for its plan to bring one low-income neighborhood's economic indicators in line with rest of the city by focusing on four issue areas: economic development, small business development, workforce development, and leadership development.

View the full press release here.

Event Overview

The 2014 Working Cities Funders' Network event included a Funders' Plenary and a Working Cities Pitch Event. The Funders' Plenary highlighted the initial lessons learned through the development of the Working Cities Challenge and how those lessons might accelerate the Cities' promising work.