Governor Maura Healey Talks Bridges, Climate, Housing at Cape Cod Chamber Annual Meeting

HARWICH PORT, MA: Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey addressed a room of more than 200 business and community leaders at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s 102nd Annual Meeting, held at Wychmere Beach Club on Tuesday, June 12.

With Nantucket Sound glistening in the background, Governor Healey spoke about her administration’s efforts to obtain federal funding for the nearly 100-year-old Sagamore and Bourne Bridges, noting that a decision is expected in the coming weeks on the pending $1.1 billion Bridge Improvement Program (BIP) grant application for the Sagamore Bridge. The Governor recognized founding members of the Chamber’s newly formed Cape & Islands Bridges Coalition, who traveled to Washington D.C. last week to meet with members of the U.S. House and Senate and advocate for federal funds to replace the aging Canal Bridges.

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Governor Healey commended Cape Cod leaders for their creativity and leadership in solving some of the region’s most pressing issues, from housing to economic development and climate resiliency. She encouraged members of the business community to continue their vocal support for issues that acutely impact Cape Cod.

“There’s no place more representative or iconic of Massachusetts than Cape Cod,” said Governor Healey. “You have a partner in this administration.”

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The Annual Meeting program also included a year-in-review report from Cape Cod Chamber CEO, Paul Niedzwiecki. The presentation highlighted the Chamber’s recent rebranding effort, as well as key achievements in the areas of housing, workforce development, and infrastructure. The Chamber’s J-1 Workforce Housing program, now just over one year old, has to date secured housing for 230 international Summer Work Travel students and added 122 families to a region-wide housing host network, directly impacting summer staffing capacity for businesses across the Cape. Additionally, the Chamber was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Corporation to extend its new Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training program for two years, addressing a critical need for licensed commercial drivers in the region.

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“The pandemic fundamentally changed our regional economy and the way we do business,” said Niedzwiecki. “The Cape Cod Chamber has responded by developing innovative programming and fresh destination marketing strategies that help keep our region a competitive place to live, work, visit, and raise a family.”

At the conclusion of the event, outgoing Board Chair Jim Tenaglia (North St. Legacy Partners at UBS) convened the Chamber’s annual business meeting to elect a slate of new directors and officers, and pass the gavel to incoming Board Chair, Lisa Oliver (The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod).

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The following directors were elected to serve on the Cape Cod Chamber Board of Directors:

Jamie Bohlin, Cape Cod Celebrations

Tim Lus, The Flagman Store and Cape Cod Youth Sports

Molly MacGregor, Sun Self Storage

Abby Our, Robert B. Our Company

Parth Patel, Freebird Motor Lodge

Rick Penn, Puritan Cape Cod

Courtney Lowe, Chatham Bars Inn

 

The following individuals were elected to serve as Board Officers for Fiscal Year 2025:

Lisa Oliver, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod – Chair

Paulo Paraguay, Kandy Korner and Palio Pizza – Vice Chair

Michael Migliore, Cape Air – Treasurer

Anne Scott-Putney, Heritage Museums and Gardens – Clerk

Betsy Rich, Hy-Line Cruises – CVB Pillar Chair

Scott Vandersall, Cape Cod Five – Economic Development Pillar Chair

Carol Edmondson, Cape Cod Village Realty and Inn Advisors – Membership Pillar Chair

Jim Tenaglia, North St. Legacy Partners at UBS – Immediate Past Chair