South Shore Chamber To Present Housing Initiative Fall Series

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The South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Housing Committee is hosting a three-part series to dive deeper into the challenges and opportunities around housing and its critical importance to our regional economy.  The series kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

This series will explore the complexities around development with a goal of better informing and engaging the business community and regional leaders  in housing production strategies. This series is designed to inspire business leaders to get involved in the chamber’s 2030 work to encourage more housing options that attract the next generation of workers and to think long term about the region’s economic growth.

David Glick, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty Director, MetroBridge, Initiative on Cities at Boston University will lead the first session, “Participation at Public Meeting: Why it Matters & How it Impacts the Region’s Development.” At the close of the meeting (or as a follow-on event) there will be a strategic conversation about how the group can make a better impact at public meetings.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. the topic will be “South Shore TODs…Are they a path to 44,000 new homes in the region by 2030? presented by MassINC. SpeakersTom Hopper and Callie Clark, Center for Housing Data, Mass Housing Partnership and Dr. Tracy A. Corley, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) fellow, Gateway Cities Innovation Institute will address whether COVID has impacted current and future transit developments,  what our current public transit stations look like and discuss how increasing density around our transit stops can help the South Shore get to its goal of 44,000 new homes by 2030.

 The third in the series (date to be announced) will address “Water & Wastewater Capacity: The Challenge to Suburban Economic Growth.” The housing initiative calls for 44,000 units of new housing in order for our economy to grow 1 percent. One of the most common barriers for more housing in the suburbs is water/wastewater issues.

The Housing Initiative work is made possible through funding from Rockland Trust Bank, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Cape Cod Lumber, Sullivan Tire & Fireking Baking Company.

 Visit www.southshorechamber.org to register. The series is open to all chamber members and the public.

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