The second round of the Boston Fed's Working Cities Challenge was launched in 2015, following additional funding and support from the Massachusetts Legislature, increased investment from private the sector, and additional philanthropic investment from national and local funders. Five Massachusetts cities—Haverhill, Lowell, Pittsfield, Springfield, and Worcester—were each awarded $475,000 or a total of $2.8 million in July 2016. The five communities put forward initiatives focused on neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, and improving access to economic opportunity. The cities will work on these initiatives over a three-year period, accompanied by technical assistance and a learning community for best-practice sharing.

A map of all eligible cities from the Massachusetts Round Two Working Cities Challenge.

Steering Committee