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.
Julie had a meeting with AARP to discuss caregivers in the workplace and workforce needs.
Peter joined Marlene MacDonald Ketchen for the official ribbon cutting of The Cabinetry in Norwell. Marlene moved her third generation family business to 25 Washington St. in Norwell. She was recognized at the event by the Norwell Historic Commission for saving a late 18th Century home. The creative mix of old and new in the interior is a perfect advertisement for the type of work the company does with updating kitchens.
Collaborative lunch with the Executive Director of Leadership South Coast to discuss best practices as they celebrate 15 years of their community leadership program.
Members helping Members (and the power of social media)! MountainOne Bank saw a post we shared on Facebook for Interfaith Social Services and their need for reusable shopping bags. MountainOne was able to donate 2 cases of their cloth shopping bags!
Did you see Peter’s blog about yesterday’s Economic Forecast? Weren’t able to attend? You can download the presentation here!
Photos from the event can be found here, as well as photos with Gov. Weld.
2/6 Coffee Connections @ NVNA and Hospice, Norwell
2/19 Cohasset Frozen Stroll @ Bia Bistro, Lenny’s Hideway, and Red Lion Inn
2/27 HR Networking @ Players, Rockland