Our Chair, our friend, a strong community leader
This week, we experienced the tremendous loss of a profound leader in our community and a part of our Chamber family, Rich Beal.
Rich passed away unexpectedly on Monday.
Rich was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and became the 5th generation of the family to lead A.W. Perry, Inc., a commercial and residential real estate investment firm. Those who knew Rich, knew how he enthusiastically carried on the company traditions of philanthropy, stewardship, and community engagement. He believed that the company’s success was tied to the well-being of the communities where they operated.
We worked more closely with Rich in his role as the Chair of our South Shore Economic Development Corporation, and as a longtime advocate for the area. He was a pillar in our South Shore 2030 Plan and had a true vision for his home, the South Shore. He was excited to help shape and build a stronger, more economically competitive region. More than that, he was kind, smart, thoughtful -- we will forever be grateful for his contributions, his thought leadership, and his commitment to making our community better for generations to come.
To Rich’s family and his colleagues at A.W. Perry, the Chamber extends its deepest sympathy.
To Rich, we affectionately say thank you for the difference you made. You will be missed.
Obituary & Memorial Information
Eric Rosengren, President of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, addressed the Chamber this morning.
Five take-aways worth highlighting:
If you would like to download the presentation, click here.
South Shore Chamber to Partner with Metropolitan Area Planning Council on Smart Growth Analysis with Grant from MassDevelopment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROCKLAND, MA, ISSUED AUGUST 4, 2020….The South Shore Chamber of Commerce (www.southshorechamber.org), is pleased to announce a partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to analyze key development opportunities on the South Shore with a $75,000 grant from MassDevelopment and $25,000 from the South Shore Chamber’s Economic Development Corporation.
The Chamber will work with MAPC to conduct a high-level assessment of water and wastewater supply and demand dynamics for a number of potential growth areas in the South Shore region. This will include parts of the city of Weymouth and towns of Hanover, Hingham, Norwell and Rockland. This assessment will help to determine where water and wastewater infrastructure could be expanded to allow for more commercial and residential development.
The grant is part of over $3.6 million allocated to projects in the fourth annual round of the Site Readiness Program awards. These awards provide vital resources to municipalities, private-sector businesses and nonprofit economic development entities to help overcome obstacles to developing otherwise prime locations. The program aims to boost Massachusetts’ supply of large, well-located, project-ready sites; accelerate private-sector investment in industrial and commercial projects; and support the conversion of abandoned sites and obsolete facilities into clean, actively used, tax-generating properties.
“We are proud to partner with MAPC in their mission to promote smart growth and regional collaboration across the South Shore,” said Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. “The work they do is essential for the region and is a perfect complement to our ongoing comprehensive economic and community development plan South Shore 2030.”
“MAPC looks forward to building on the regional planning work that we’ve already completed with the South Shore Chamber, municipal leaders, and the private sector to facilitate thoughtful development on the South Shore,” said Betsy Cowan, Chief of Economic Development at MAPC and the coordinator for the agency’s South Shore Coalition subregion. “We know that infrastructure constraints affect development on the South Shore, and we see this as an opportunity to identify shared solutions to unlock the full potential of the region. We are grateful for the continued leadership of the South Shore Chamber and look forward to this partnership.
About the South Shore Chamber of Commerce
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has long been recognized throughout the state as one of the most active and forceful advocates for the business community and numbers among the larger Chambers of Commerce nationally. The South Shore Chamber is a not-for-profit association of businesses in the communities south of Boston. It is committed to helping its members grow their businesses and to improve the business climate in the region. Members range in size from major international corporations headquartered on the South Shore to small local firms and sole proprietorships. For additional information on the Chamber, please visit www.southshorechamber.org or call 781-421-3900.
About the Metropolitan Area Planning Council
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Greater Boston. MAPC’s mission is promoting smart growth and regional collaboration. Learn more and read our blog at www.mapc.org, and follow MAPC on Twitter and Facebook @MAPCMetroBoston.
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