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Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance

On Tuesday a group of about 100 folks from the South Coast region joined us at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the “What’s Your Massachusetts” series. There was a lively mix of students from UMD, Bristol Community College and community members from across the region including Fall River, New Bedford, Fairhaven, and Westport and beyond. Participants spoke openly about some of the opportunities and challenges they see, as well as good quality of life factors like beaches and an active arts network.

Education was the top issue- from parents talking about the K-12 schools to BCC and UMass Dartmouth students raising higher education issues. One resident suggested hosting forums specifically for middle and high school students to engage them in similar conversations about the issues that matter to them:

Panelists and participants were proud of their regions strong creative spirit. In this clip, one participant mentioned that New Bedford had been dubbed the “Secret City” because of its entrepreneurial spirit and creative talent. He suggested creating more opportunities for younger members of the community to contribute to the creative economy:

Next week join Governor Patrick and young leaders in the Boston area as we continue the conversation on how to make Massachusetts the place where you want to live, work and build your lives. Until then, share your thoughts in the comment section here.

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 8th, 6pm at the Cabral Center at Northeastern University (right after Northeastern’s Regional Career Fair).

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