July 1, 2003
Rappaport Insitutite for Greater Boston, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Like other regions across the nation, Greater Boston faces a number of challenges that extend beyond the borders of cities and towns that serve as the primary government entities. Issues such as housing, the environment, transportation, water and sewer service, economic development, and education are regional in scope - and therefore require regional solutions. Or do they? A collection of civic organizations convened a major forum to explore what kinds of political structures might best enable people of the region to address the challenges of the 21st century. Charles C. Euchner, executive director of the Rappaport Institute, based at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, moderated the gathering. Panelists were: 
  • Jay Wickersham, former Director of Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act
  • Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • David Dixon, President of Boston Society of Architects
  • Valerie Burns, President of the Boston Natural Areas Network
  • Steve Adams, President and CEO of the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy
  • Stephanie Pollack, Director of the Conservation Law Foundation
The gathering took place at the Suffolk University School of Law on July 22, 2003. The event was cosponsored by the Boston GreenSpace Alliance, the Boston Natural Areas Network, the Boston Society of Architects, the CitiStates Group, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Suffolk Law School, and the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy.
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