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Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance

Last Wednesday night the Governor’s Office of Civic Engagement hosted a great discussion about the state of the Commonwealth, from the perspective of young adults. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki made a pitch for young adults to stay in Massachusetts; he knows that young adults are vital to innovation and the economic growth of the state.

The panel was a mix of Massachusetts natives like me and those who moved here for college or a job. We talked about the high cost of living in Greater Boston that scares a lot of people who are just getting started in their careers as well as a need for stronger community connections and better inclusion of newcomers. Comparing the Bay State to Hawaii, the Midwest and the South- folks said it is harder to break into social and professional circles here.

There were so many good questions and suggestions, each of which could have their own forum like: support for new entrepreneurs, nighttime child care and later hours on the MBTA. We will be compiling these, and the conversations on this blog as recommendations for the Governor.

We hope to hold similar sessions in other parts of the state, but until then, let’s keep the conversation going here- what is Massachusetts doing right to support the ambitions and goals of young adults who live here and to attract more to come? What could state government, businesses and residents do better?


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