Community Development

Lowell General Women’s Wellness Series Fall 2022: Caring for Your Breast Health

Throughout 2022, the Philanthropy team at Lowell General Hospital will host events to bring awareness to key issues that women may face with their health and wellness. 

In October, they will be talking about caring for your breast health. With featured speaker are Dr. Lerna Ozcan, Riverside Surgical Associates and Dr. Jill Steinkeler, Commonwealth Radiology Associates. 

These events will be Free!

Location: UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St, Lowell, MA

MOBD District Map

EDIP and Vacant Store Front Applications are Now Online

The state’s Economic Development Incentive Program is now fully online!

All 5 applications, Preliminary Application, Supplemental Application (sent pre-populated to appropriate companies), Local incentive Only Application, Vacant Storefront District, and Vacant Storefront Project can now be accessed via Massachusetts Office of Business Development | Mass.gov or Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) | Mass.gov

The Preliminary and Local Only Applications can be found on this page:

Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) | Mass.gov

The Vacant Storefront Applications are located here:

Massachusetts Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) | Mass.gov

A friendly reminder of application deadlines: Preliminary Applications were due to your MOBD Regional Director by COB on July 13th. All other applications and associated paperwork from the municipality will be due by COB on August 17th.

Burlington Celebrates Independent Retailer Month

July is Independent Retailer Month and the Town of Burlington is diving right in! They are highlighting local businesses in the area located at Wayside Commons. Continuing this trend is a contest to name Burlington’s Town Center “Pocket Park”. The park space is available anytime for pop-up events for businesses, their patrons, impromptu meetings, or just to eat lunch. To book an event contact ED@burlington.org

The Town of Burlington’s “Pocket Park” will be housing a community beer garden as a way to bring more food traffic and business into the town center. These will take place on Thursday’s September 8th through the 29th. Town Center businesses are encouraged to participate (selling food, raffles, coupons, holding promos, etc.). Reach out to ED@burlington.org for more information on how to get involved!

Connecting Activities

Get Involved with Area Youth by Sponsoring an Intern

MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board (MH-GLWFB) will work with your business to place a high school intern.

The MH-GLWFB operates Connecting Activities (CA), a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) initiative that leverages statewide infrastructure to support “college and career readiness” for all students.

A Connecting Activities Employer Service Specialist works with area employers to develop relationships and facilitate part-time, after-school and weekend jobs as well as summer job opportunities for youth ages 16-21

Connecting Activities staff are onsite regularly at the following partner schools: Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut and Tewksbury High; Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Connecting Activities also partners with: Tyngsborough High, Westford High, and Middlesex Academy Charter School on special projects.

Connecting Activities staff also support a wide range of activities beyond work experiences, including  job fairs, job shadow days, career days, employer guest speaker series, workshops and other career development activities.

Employers that are interested in participating in these activities or would like to discuss hosting a youth intern, should contact the Kathleen Gentile, kathleen.gentile@Masshiregreaterlowell.com.

Greater Lowell Workforce Board

Additional Ways to Get Involved:

Trahan and Becerra at Lowell General

Congresswoman Trahan Welcomes Secretary Becerra to Our District

This week, Congresswoman Lori Trahan welcomed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to our district to see the incredible ways local community health centers,hospitals and youth success organizations have supported our community throughout this pandemic. Read the full write up of their visit to Lowell General Hospital here.

Congresswoman Trahan and Secretary Becerra also sat down with UTEC leaders as well as state and local partners to highlight federally supported programs with a proven track record of reducing youth recidivism and addressing gun violence in Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill. Read the full press release here.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation

Greater Lowell Community Foundation July Updates

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has released their annual report called, “Meeting the Moment of 2020”, which you can view here.

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s July updates are as follows:

GLCF Elects Three New Board Members

GLCF Announces LHS Scholarship Established by Aaron’s Presents Founder in Honor of Gabriel Cuevas. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made here.

GLCF Site Visits:

Stone Soup Kitchen Ministries

Littleton Community Garden

GLCF Fiscal Sponser News:

We are America: Student Stories

Lowell Chamber Orchestra has made it to the finals of The American Prize

GLCF Emergency Funding and Grants:

For the latest info on the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, view the Fund webpage here. Donate by clicking the link here.

Nashua River Watershed Association Water Quality Monitoring Grant

Complete Street Pilots on Merrimack St. and Pawtucket Boulevard

If you haven’t already visited the Complete Street Pilots at Merrimack Street in front of City Hall and Pawtucket Boulvard in front of Rynne Beach, we encourage you to visit them now! After you’ve walked, biked, rolled, or driven through them, please let Go Lowell know if you felt safe, what you liked and didn’t like via their survey that you can take here!

Lexington Next Housing Forum

Join LexingtonNext for a Public Forum on Housing

After a successful Public Forum on June 15th, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) would like to extend an invitation to the Lexington community to join an interactive conversation to discuss housing in Lexington. Topic areas will include:

What housing is missing in Lexington where are the housing gaps?

How can Lexington create housing that is appropriate for all stages in the life cycle, plus affordable to people with a broader range of incomes?

What tools can Lexington use to support and advance housing equity in Lexington?

What can Lexington learn from other communities?

Who is the Lexington Community?

The Lexington Community includes anyone interested in the future of Lexington those who live, work, play, learn, visits used to live but moved away, travel through, etc. All are welcome to join!

Event Sponsors and Hosts

Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC), joined by the project Co-Leads Community Circle and Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture. Plus housing experts Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning; and Liz Rust, Regional Housing Services (RHSO).

Date and Time

This public event will be held via Zoom at 7:00 pm on September 21st, 2021.

Virtual Log-in Information

Join by meeting ID: 876 1549 5205

Join by URL https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87615495205

Join by phone: 1-646-558-8656

Interpretation Services

Mandarin interpretation services will be provided

Prizes

This is a public event, and all attendees will be automatically entered into a free raffle and eligible to win prizes. Participants must be present at the time of the raffle to win.

Information

For more information, please visit www.LexingtonNext.org or email Planning@lexingtonnext.org.