The Chamber’s Housing Committee had our first meeting for 2020 at The Watson in Quincy. Thanks to NeighborWorks Housing Solutions for hosting and to our committed volunteer group of experts for helping us to move our Housing Initiative forward.
Peter was in DC over the weekend through Tuesday for some meetings with the U.S. Chamber. He had a chance to visit the National Museum of African American History. Timing was nice as he just finished The Warmth of Other Suns about the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North from the World War 1 era up to the 1970’s. He recommends both. If you go to the museum though give yourself several hours – there is a lot to see and read.
Courtney attended a lunch in Boston’s Seaport with new Massport CEO, Lisa Wieland. She talked about the importance of connecting with the business community and provided some updates on existing projects and the authority’s strategic initiatives moving forward. Did you know that if you take the water taxi (think Hull or Hingham) to the aiport, you can get a “ticket to skip” to the front of the security line at Logan? Check it out!
Hull is moving forward with a development strategy around the DCR Park and Carousel. Peter attended a meeting of the Board of Selectman and various local committees to hear a presentation on the plan. It is a solid plan that makes sense. He’ll be posting some more information on the website next week.
Leadership South Shore Class of 2020 attended Economic Development Day on Tuesday, January 28. First stop was hosted by Conway Country in Norwell. Rich Beal, CEO of A.W. Perry gave a presentation update on commercial and housing. New owners of the Plymouth & Brockton Bus line, Win Sargent and John Cogliano, provided an update on their plans to innovate and growth the P&B Bus routes. Current cohort members gave updates from their perspective development roles including Lisa Berardinelli from Hanover Crossing/PREP, Curtis Webb from Bristol Bros. Development, Patrick Brady from Cornerstone Realty Capital, Bill Kingdon from Ellis Realty, and Tom Osuch from South Shore Bank. Second stop took the 25-person cohort to Rock Solid Tops fabrication and design showroom in Pembroke. Final stop of the day was a bus tour led by Rich Beal of Union Point in South Weymouth.
Welcome new members Brookdale Quincy Bay, Bridgewater State University, and PiNZ Kingston!
Peter had a chance to sit down with some relatively new leaders on the South Shore. Dr. Lily Hsu, the new President of Labouré College in Milton who also had a chance to meet our Board. Dr. Joe Froliks is leading New England Quality Care Alliance in Braintree. While at the NPO Group meeting I had a chance to meet Michael Rodrigues the new President of New England Village and look forward to sitting down with him in a few weeks.
He also joined our Economic Development Chair, Rich Beal of A.W. Perry at a forum with the Secretary of Transportation to hear some of the progress and challenges around transportation. Our own Transportation Advisory Group will be launched soon.
Peter will be in Washington next week for some meetings but back in time for our Economic Forecast 7:44 breakfast on Thursday.
NPO Group Annual Meeting on Tuesday at Harmon Golf…about 40 attendees representing 27 organizations! New slate of Officers, Chair Laurie Maranian (Cardinal Cushing Centers); Vice Chair Christine Buckley (Brain Aneurysm Foundation), Secretary Mary Tiernan (May Institute).
Eight new members attended the member orientation, Navigating the Chamber, on Thursday. Next Navigating the Chamber is March 11.
Three winners of the EAT South Shore gift cards are Whitney Knight, Brian Murray, and Martine Taylor! Thank you to all for completing our 2020 Membership Programming Survey!
Speaking of EAT South Shore, the advisory team met to talk about events for this year. We have some fun, different things in the works (as well as the last Hogtoberfest – October 1st!) Our first event will be the Cohasset Frozen Stroll. We will stop by Red Lion Inn, Lenny’s Hideaway, and Bia Bistro! Limited spots available.
We had a special visitor in the office - Courtney's baby, Elle!