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Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance

Last Thursday, we had a great conversation with Governor Patrick and four dynamic panelists: Joe Porcelli, Emmett Price, Hang Nina Nguyen and Desiree Arevalo.  Governor Patrick talks with the audience at the Young Adults Forum

Over 150 people were there to share their perspectives, questions and suggestions.

Getting started, panelists talked about Boston’s reputation for being unwelcoming, though many participants were interested in reaching out to their neighbors to create a community (like through Joe’s project Neighbors for Neighbors)

The quality of education in urban communities like Boston and affordable housing were major issues discussed in the forum. A Northeastern senior who attended Boston public schools raised a great question in the clip below, and the Governor responded with his own experience, his latest legislative effort to improve education and a request for help:

Affordable housing was another key issue, with Nina sharing her knowledge of programs that can help residents such as the Soft Second Program.

One hour wasn’t long enough to hear all your questions and suggestions, so let us know what you think- what other issues are critical to making Massachusetts a place you want to stay? And if you couldn’t attend- what would you like to ask or recommend?

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