Partners


A Better City

A Better City (ABC) is a nonprofit membership organization that provides the business and institutional leadership essential for ensuring progress and tangible results on transportation, land development, and public realm infrastructure investments that are vital to sustaining and improving the Boston area’s economy and quality of life. ABC has worked with the Dukakis Center on studying transportation infrastructure surrounding the life science industries.

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Barr Foundation

The Barr Foundation is a private foundation committed to enhancing the quality of life for all of Boston’s residents. While their primary areas of emphasis are education and the environment, we also provide support to arts and cultural activities. The Dukakis Center has helped Barr evaluate their environmental strategy to develop best practice standards.

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The Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation is Greater Boston’s community foundation and devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. The Boston Foundation strives to provide assistance to in the fields of Education, Housing & Community Development, Workforce Development, Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement, Community Safety, Health & Human Services, Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, and the Urban Environment.

The Boston Foundation has been a key supporter of the Dukakis Center, working especially with the Center on our affordable housing initiatives. For instance, The Boston Foundation provides support for our annual Housing Report Card and promotes the Commonwealth Housing Task Force. The Boston Foundation has also enlisted the Center to serve as a research and writing instrument for their bi-annual Boston Indicators report. Recently, The Boston Foundation has awarded the Center a grant to assistant small non profits in the Northeastern University area to increase their technological capacities, allowing them to function more effectively.

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Boston Redevelopment Authority

The BRA is the City of Boston’s planning and development agency, with responsibility for a broad range of projects such as clearing land for the new convention center, neighborhood development, zoning, community-based planning, and job training. The BRA has worked with the Dukakis Center on a number of projects, including the Boston 400 planning initiative and internship and cooperative education programs for students. The BRA also works with CURP on its Community Enterprise Technical Collaborative project to survey minority businesses in the area. Most recently, the BRA has worked with the Dukakis Center on the Labor Market Assessment Tool. The LMAT was created to assist cities and towns in assessing their level of the skilled human capital needed to provide the services in support of local industries.

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The Century Foundation

Formerly known as the Twentieth Century Fund, The Century Foundation, founded in 1919 and endowed by Edward A. Filene, is a research organization that undertakes timely and critical analyses of major economic, political, and social institutions and issues. The Century Foundation is the publisher of “Growing Prosperity: The Battle for Growth With Equity in the Twenty-first Century,” by Dukakis Center Director Barry Bluestone and the late Bennett Harrison (December 1999). The Century Foundation has funded various affordable housing studies at the Dukakis Center.

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Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is the non-profit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities throughout Massachusetts. Established in 1967, CHAPA is the only statewide group which represents all interests in the housing and community development field, including non-profit and for-profit developers, municipal officials, local housing providers and advocates, tenants, homeowners, lenders, consultants, property managers, architects, and others. CHAPA’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low-income families and individuals. CHAPA pursues its goals through advocacy with local, state and federal officials; research on affordable-housing issues; education and training for organizations and individuals; and coalition- and consensus-building among broad interests in the field. CHAPA’s core activities span four main areas: Housing Advocacy, Research, Community Education and Training, and Coalition Building. CHAPA helps fund the Dukakis Center’s annual Housing Report Card in conjunction with The Boston Foundation.

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Community Development Department, City of Cambridge

The Dukakis Center worked with the City of Cambridge through the Community Development Department. The Center worked on the Cambridge linkage study, which focused on mitigating the adverse affects of economic development and new office construction on the local housing market in Cambridge.

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Fannie Mae

The nation’s leading secondary market housing lender, Fannie Mae worked with the Dukakis Center to establish the World-Class Housing Collaborative. Fannie Mae also funded study that focused on housing in the Greater Boston Region.

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Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

The mission of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston is to facilitate and enhance the availability of credit for housing and economic growth, including the housing-finance and neighborhood-development needs of low- and moderate-income families in communities throughout New England. In the past, the Dukakis Center has sponsored teams in the FHLB’s annual affordable housing competition.

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Federal Mediation Conciliation Service (FMCS)

The Federal Mediation Conciliation Service is an independent agency housed at the U.S. Department of Labor that promotes sound and stable labor-management relations. The Dukakis Center conducted a major study of management-labor mediation with FMCS that included case studies involving the Quaker Mills plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Children’s Health East Hospitals in Minneapolis, Minn.; and Cesar Chavez High School in Albuquerque, N.M. The Dukakis Center worked with FMCS to create a resource kit that disseminates the findings of the case studies.

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Ford Foundation

For almost half a century, the Ford Foundation has provided programs and funding to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Ford Foundation was one of the underwriters of the international study of unemployment based at the Dukakis Center and is a sponsor of the Community Enterprise Technical Assistance Collaborative. Founded in 1936, the Foundation operated as a local philanthropy in the state of Michigan until 1950, when it expanded to become a national and international foundation. Over that period, the foundation has provided more than $9.3 billion in grants and loans. The Ford Foundation provided funding for an international labor market study conducted by the Dukakis Center.

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Housing Partners, Inc.

Housing Partners is a nationally-renowned consulting group dedicated to improving housing opportunities in urban areas. Led by Eleanor White and Marvin Siflinger, who both have decades of experience in federal and state housing agencies, Housing Partners provides a broad range services for housing, financing, programming, community participation, social services, design, and planning. White and Siflinger are founding partners of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. Additionally, White has held a significant role in the development and progress of the Commonwealth Housing Task Force. Her main function with CHTF is continuing to market Smart Growth Initiatives to communities, aiming for the creation of affordable housing.

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Lincoln Land Institute

A leading resource for policy makers and practitioners, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy addresses issues involving the use, regulation and taxation of land.

The Institute improves the dialogue about urban development, the built environment, and tax policy in the United States and abroad. Through research, training, conferences, demonstration projects, publications, and multi-media, the Lincoln Institute provides the highest quality, non-partisan analysis and evaluation for today’s regulatory, planning, and policy decisions. The Dukakis Center has performed various land tax studies for the LLI.

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Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development

In 1993, recognizing the need for a private-public partnership to promote Massachusetts as a place to do business, a consortium of the state’s utility and telecommunications companies, real estate associations, and our public sector partner, the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, founded the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development. The Alliance’s founding was an outgrowth of recommendations made by the Governor’s Council on Economic Growth & Technology, an advisory body on competitiveness composed of civic and business. The founding members envisioned the Alliance as a non-partisan, professionally-staffed organization that would serve as the Commonwealth’s central source of available property information for expanding and relocating companies. To this end, the Alliance’s Site Finder Service was founded, focusing on assisting companies find appropriate properties for facility expansion in Massachusetts.

Today the Alliance, a member of the Massachusetts Business Resource Team, has augmented its Site Finder Service with a Research and Information Service and an Ambassadors program, both designed to provide decision-support to companies evaluating Massachusetts as a location for their business; and the founding members have since been joined by firms in law, architecture, construction, and finance. While services and membership have expanded, the overriding objective of the Alliance remains to encourage the expansion and retention of business within the Commonwealth. MAED contributed towards funding for the Dukakis Center’s Manufacturing study.

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s (EOHED) mission is the creation of homes and jobs in the Commonwealth. EOHED accomplishes this by aligning the state’s housing and economic development agencies to better coordinate policies and programs that ensures Massachusetts will maintains its global competitive edge. They strive to keep Massachusetts’ economic position strong by attracting new businesses, retaining existing businesses and increasing housing stock so that Massachusetts remains an affordable place to live. To achieve that goal, EOHED is working in partnership with the private sector and citizens to create the conditions for optimal economic growth. By ensuring inter-agency collaboration on economic development projects, we are better able to identify and promote business development, job growth and infrastructure projects that will help keep our economy strong. EOHED worked with the Dukakis Center to utilize EDSAT for seven towns in the Greater Boston area, allowing them to join our Economic Development Partnership.

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Massachusetts Housing Partnership

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) is a statewide public non-profit affordable housing organization that works in concert with the Governor and the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to help increase the supply of affordable housing in Massachusetts.

MHP was established in 1985 to increase the state’s overall rate of housing production and find creative new solutions to address the need for affordable housing. In 1990, the state legislature took that premise to heart, becoming the first and only state in the nation to pass an interstate banking act that requires companies that acquire Massachusetts banks to make funds available to MHP for affordable housing. MHP’s mission is to push beyond “business as usual” to find creative new solutions that are responsive to community needs and the ever-changing marketplace. Using its bank-funded loan pool, MHP provides long-term financing for the development and preservation of affordable rental housing. Believing that strong local leadership and informed local decisions are essential to any housing solution, MHP’s Community Housing Initiatives team works with communities, local housing groups and non-profit developers on local housing initiatives. MHP offers the SoftSecond Loan Program, a first-time homebuyers mortgage program for families of low and moderate incomes. MHP will be enlisting the services of the Dukakis Center to devise a plan for sustainable affordable housing, based on best practices of other locations.

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Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) assists organizations in a transformation from traditional to world-class manufacturer able to better compete in a global economy. MassMEP is able to leverage a vast array of public and private resources and services that are available to every manufacturing enterprise in the Commonwealth. The nationwide system of MEP centers is linked through the U.S. Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the common goal to strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. In the spirit of partnership, the Dukakis Center worked on a study with the MEP, MAED, and UMASS Boston to investigate the health of manufacturing in the state, only to find impressive results explaining the types of manufacturing industries that are thriving.

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Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)

The Massachusetts Municipal Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that provides advocacy, training, publications, research and other services to Massachusetts cities and towns.

The MMA is the only statewide organization that brings municipal officials together to establish unified policies, to advocate these policies, and to ensure the effective delivery of services to community residents. The MMA serves as an advocate for its members before the Massachusetts Legislature, the executive branch, regulatory bodies and the courts. The association develops and pursues a municipal policy to meet the present and future needs of the state’s communities. The Local Government Advisory Commission, comprising the MMA Board of Directors, meets regularly with the governor to discuss issues facing cities and towns and to strengthen the state-local partnership. The MMA sponsors conferences and workshops throughout the year to provide the latest information on key municipal policy and management issues, and the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show is the largest annual gathering of municipal officials in the state. The MMA works with the Dukakis Center on generating events surrounding policy change on the local level.

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Metropolitan Area Planning Council

The MAPC is the regional planning agency representing 101 cities and towns in the Boston metropolitan area. Created by the state Legislature in 1963, the MAPC provides a forum for state and city agencies to collaborate in the development of comprehensive plans and recommendations in the areas of population and employment, transportation, economic development, regional growth, and the environment. The MAPC is a leading voice for better public transportation, community planning, and economic development. The MAPC worked with the Dukakis Center on the Metropolitan Indicators Project.

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Mt. Auburn Associates

Mt. Auburn Associates provides a full range of consulting services in the field of economic development analysis and strategy. Working with a variety of public and private organizations, the firm creates effective economic development policies and programs that promote economic growth and stability, job generation, and the improved functioning of capital markets. Mt. Auburn Associates worked with the Dukakis Center on the Third Tier Cities project, a workforce training and placement initiative in Lawrence and Holyoke, MA.

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Mystic Valley Development Commission

The cities of Malden, Medford, and Everett, in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, formed the Mystic Valley Development Commission to assist in the planning stages of TeleCom City. Envisioned as a regional technology development initiative, the MVDC explored building a telecommunications research and development park on 200 acres of industrial land within the these cities along the Malden River, approximately five miles north of Boston. As the proposal envisioned the creation of approximately 7,500 jobs, MVDC contracted with the Dukakis Center to conduct a comprehensive housing analysis of the three cities a precursor to a revised housing strategic plan for the area.

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NAIOP

NAIOP Massachusetts (The Commercial Real Estate Development Association) represents the industry through its strong legislative affairs efforts, exceptional educational programs, and its continual research into critical issues of business development. NAIOP is the leading voice for commercial real estate in the state and represents the interests of companies involved with the development, ownership, management and financing of commercial and retail properties as well as those companies providing services to this industry. NAIOP has partnered with the Dukakis Center on an Urban Initiative focused on identifying the opportunities and analyzing the impediments to greater economic development in these areas. This initial study led to the creation of the Dukakis Center’s Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool.

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National Association of Regional Councils

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. NARC’s member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities – large and small, urban and rural.

For over 40 years, NARC has represented the interests of its members and has advanced regional cooperation through effective interaction and advocacy with Congress, Federal officials and other related agencies and interest groups. NARC’s agenda includes, but is not limited to, transportation, community and economic development, the environment, homeland security and regional preparedness, and a variety of community issues undertaken by its member organizations.

NARC provides its members valuable information and research on key national policy issues, federal policy developments, best practices, and conducts enriching training sessions, conferences, workshops and satellite telecasts. NARC has enlisted the services of the Dukakis Center to help them coordinate regional council activities and research best practices.

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National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. The NLC and the Dukakis Center have partnered to provide assistance to cities and towns seeking to improve their capacity for economic development. We provide an Economic Development Toolkit to cities and towns, starting with our signature Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool.

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Nommos

A private consulting firm, Nommos develops innovative strategies to create better management-labor relations. Nommos has worked with major automakers and the United Auto Workers, as well as school districts and the National Education Association. The Dukakis Center has worked with Nommos on research projects dealing with innovative approaches to management-labor relations as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

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NYATEP

The New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) is a not-for-profit corporation serving the workforce development community throughout New York State. NYATEP partners with workforce boards, business organizations, education and training providers, economic development entities, organized labor, elected officials, and government agencies to promote the vitality of New York’s workforce, our employers, and our economy. Members include any workforce entity, private or public not-for-profits, which has workforce development as part of their organization’s mission. NYATEP is an affiliate of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), and NYATEP staff work closely with other statewide and national associations on workforce policy and program issues. NYATEP worked with the Dukakis Center on writing a case study on developing areas of New York City through the lens of a business model.

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Policy Link

PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Policy Link has partnered with the Dukakis Center to research the future of sustainable transportation alternatives.

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Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston

The Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston is an enterprise of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; its mission is to contribute to improved governance and public policy in the Greater Boston region. The Dukakis Center and the Rappaport Institute worked together on creating the Heart of the City database.

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The Rockefeller Foundation

A philanthropic organization endowed by John D. Rockefeller and chartered in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation seeks to develop broad and creative strategies for addressing the causes of human suffering and need across the world. The Rockefeller Foundation was an underwriter of the multi-national study of unemployment that is housed at the Dukakis Center. In 2009, the Dukakis Center was awarded a grant to study transportation and investigate the effects infrastructure has on economic development opportunities.

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Russell Sage Foundation

The principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences, is the publisher of a major study of the fortunes of four major metropolitan regions in the United States – Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles. One of those studies – “Greater Boston in Transition: Race and Ethnicity in a Renaissance Region” – was directed by the Dukakis Center’s Barry Bluestone and Mary Huff Stevenson of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and culminated in the book The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis. (A summary of the original four-region study can be found at www.russellsage.org/special_interest/mcsui_points.htm.) the Russell Sage Foundation has also provided full funding for the Boston Renaissance Resource Kit.

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Strategic Development Solutions

SDS creates innovative business and investment strategies that foster economic opportunity in low-income communities and promote positive environmental impacts. At the investment level, we create and manage Double and Triple Bottom Line private equity funds in our pursuit of market-based social and environmental solutions. At the community level, we provide capacity building and funding strategies to nonprofits serving low-income communities. SDS is committed to providing services and products that generate positive financial, community, and environmental returns. The Dukakis Center provided affordable housing research assistance for SDS.

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Surdna

The Surdna Foundation believes the next decade will bring enormously challenging, complicated, and sometimes disruptive social, economic and cultural changes. To meet these challenges, they aim to serve the public good by operating a Family Foundation that funds, shapes and promotes effective, long-term solutions, in the areas of Environment, Community Revitalization, Effective Citizenry, Arts, Nonprofit Sector Support and Organizational capacity building grants. Surdna has worked with the Dukakis Center supporting the Commonwealth Housing Task Force.

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Tides Foundation

The Tides Foundation partners with philanthropists, foundations, activists, and organizations across the country and across the globe to promote economic justice, robust democratic processes, and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment where human rights are preserved and protected. In concert with other national foundations, the Tides Foundation has formed the “Healthy Eating Active Living” convergence partnership, and has retained the services of the Dukakis Center to conduct research on creating environmental policies that will lead to healthier lifestyles, healthier places for people to live, and healthier people.

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Urban Affairs Association

The Urban Affairs Association is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers. The Dukakis Center was proud to be the official host of the March 2002 UAA Conference, “What’s Right About Cities and an Urban Way of Life”, which was held in Boston. Most recently, Director Barry Bluestone and Dukakis Center senior research fellows Mary Huff Stevenson and Russell Williams presented a paper entitled “Are the High Fliers Pricing Themselves Out of the Market: The Determinants of Population and Employment Growth in U.S. Metropolitan Areas” as followup to their recent textbook, The Urban Advantage.

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Urban Land Institute

Founded in 1936, the institute now has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. The Dukakis Center and the Urban Land Institute have worked together towards many common goals in developing sustainable initiatives.

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U.S. Department of Labor

The Dukakis Center has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor on a number of research projects. Besides the Center’s involvement with FMCS (described above), the Labor Department was a major funder of the Third Tier Cities project, a workforce training and development initiative in Lawrence and Holyoke, MA.

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