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星期五, 10月 20, 2017

MAYOR WALSH PROPOSES BOSTON FOR AMAZON'S SECOND NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS

MAYOR WALSH PROPOSES BOSTON FOR AMAZON'S SECOND NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS
Response Guided by Imagine Boston 2030, Showcases City's Strengths


BOSTON - Friday, October 20, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, in partnership with Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo, today announced that a formal proposal has been submitted by the City of Boston and the City of Revere in response to Amazon's request for proposals for their second corporate headquarters in North America (HQ2). The proposal celebrates the talented workforce, diverse communities, strong connectivity and transportation infrastructure, and culture of innovation in Boston and the surrounding region. The proposal also relies on the goals outlined in Imagine Boston 2030, a comprehensive citywide plan released on July 21, as a roadmap for growing inclusively with Amazon.

"We are excited to present the best of Boston to Amazon, with support from leaders in the educational, business and philanthropic communities and our neighbors in Revere, as the company considers locations for their second corporate headquarters in North America," said Mayor Walsh. "With the recent completion of the first citywide plan in decades, this is a unique opportunity to build on the strengths and act on the goals set by residents in Imagine Boston 2030 to grow inclusively. Boston is a thriving city and we invite Amazon to grow with us."

According to Amazon, the company expects to, "invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs" over the next 15 years, in addition to, "tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community."

Boston has added more than 60,000 new jobs since 2014, the annual unemployment rate decreased from 6.1 percent in 2013 to 3.4 percent in 2016, and the city was recently nationally ranked as the best city for fostering entrepreneurial growth and innovation for the second year in a row by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

"Boston's business community has a long history of successfully working closely with the city and state as allies united in creating solutions that drive economic development and generate economic opportunity for people and businesses," said James. E. Rooney, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

The proposal features Boston's strengths, from a highly-educated workforce to its representation as a global community, with 29 percent of the population being foreign born and representing over 100 countries. Boston is an innovative city with a strong and growing economy and the city celebrates being a national leader in many areas, including access to parks and open space, walkability, commercial fiber connectivity, and energy efficiency.

"Our universities provide the intellectual infrastructure - the ideas, solutions, technologies, and talent that fuel growth, and attract startups and established companies - that makes our region a competitive place for Amazon's next venture, and for the future generations of thinkers and creators who will live, study, and work here," said Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust.

"Northeastern University today is the only university with campuses in both Boston and Seattle, helping to produce a pipeline of talent for firms like Amazon," said Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun. "With ready access to talent, venture capital, and guided by a singular entrepreneurial ethos, Boston is poised to further help Amazon shape the digital economy of the future."

The proposal underscores how Boston is experiencing an economic and population boom, with approximately 724,000 residents projected to live in the City of Boston by 2030. Boston's rapid growth has created a high demand for housing, which the city is addressing by committing to adding 53,000 new units of housing by 2030. To date, 22,000 units have been built or are under construction and 25,300 additional housing units are in the pipeline, as outlined in the city's housing plan "Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030."

The proposal also invites Amazon to engage with the City of Boston as a long-term partner in supporting workforce training, innovation and small businesses among other potential opportunities for collaboration.

Suffolk Downs is featured in the proposal as a single-owner, transit-friendly, 160-acre open canvas that is close to the waterfront, the airport, and downtown, and served by two existing Blue Line stations. Identified in Imagine Boston 2030 as a transformational opportunity for a new mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood with significant potential for investment in Boston and Revere, Suffolk Downs is one of the largest development sites in the Northeast and, in addition to meeting Amazon's current goals for HQ2, has the flexibility to evolve with the ever-changing needs of the company.

"I'm elated about the prospect of Amazon locating its HQ2 in Massachusetts," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "I was proud to collaborate with the City of Boston on this proposal and I thank Mayor Walsh and Mayor Arrigo for their incredible leadership and insight. As someone who grew up in East Boston and who has represented Revere in the House for more than two decades, I believe that the Suffolk Downs site is an ideal fit. With our spirit of partnership, support for programs that prepare the innovators of tomorrow, and the remarkable logistical assets of Suffolk Downs, our proposal is uniquely suited to meet Amazon's specifications and bring jobs to our area."

"This is an opportunity to envision the future of Suffolk Downs and plan for a dynamic, mixed-use neighborhood that will serve as a revitalized anchor for Revere and Boston for decades to come, " Revere Mayor Arrigo said. "At Suffolk Downs, Amazon's HQ2 can be surrounded by retail, restaurants, recreational facilities, open space, and nightlife. This will be an optimal location to live, work and play."

The proposal also suggests potential sites in many other Boston neighborhoods that are well-positioned to be the home of HQ2, all of which have been identified for growth in Imagine Boston 2030. These additional sites are suggested in "clusters" and located in the South Boston Waterfront and downtown Boston; South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Widett Circle; and Allston/Brighton to South Station. Any site chosen by Amazon for HQ2 would be required to go through local permitting and community processes, and proposals will likely evolve as a result of conversations with the community, Amazon and other stakeholders.

"City and state officials were true partners in our relocation, in everything from site selection to permitting our new campus," said Ann R. Klee, vice president of General Electric, who oversaw the company's relocation to Boston. "Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh worked with us every step of the way so we were able to break ground on our new campus in record time."

"Moving to Boston means moving to a city with unique neighborhoods and a passionate, innovative, and active community," said Matt O'Toole, brand president for Reebok. "Boston is a city that moves, and that movement brings the city to life." Reebok moved their headquarters to Boston this year.

The proposal does not include a specific offer of tax incentives, and instead communicates the availability of these tools.The city uses local property tax incentives when projects face specific challenges or create unique opportunities in providing significant new jobs and investment in underdeveloped areas. The appropriateness of incentives is determined by the unique details of individual projects.

To view the full proposal for Amazon HQ2, please visit amazon.boston.gov.

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Massachusetts Proposal for Amazon HQ2

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Massachusetts Proposal for Amazon HQ2

BOSTON – Touting the Commonwealth’s global innovation economy, world-class workforce and leading higher educational institutions, the Baker-Polito Administration today released Massachusetts’ statewide submission and proposal for hosting Amazon’s second North American headquarters, or Amazon HQ2.

The proposal, developed in consultation with Beacon Hill leadership, legislators, municipal officials and other key stakeholders in the Commonwealth’s business and academic communities, notes Massachusetts’ global connections, diverse geographic communities and regional strengths, with potential campus sites ranging from Boston and Worcester, to Quincy, Pittsfield, Lawrence and New Bedford.

The full proposal can be reviewed here.

“Massachusetts is a leading innovator and global community, with the nation’s top educational and research and development institutions and a talented workforce second to none,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Throughout this collaborative and bipartisan process, we have been committed to putting the Commonwealth’s best foot forward, and would welcome Amazon joining thousands of other public and private entities who are leveraging Massachusetts’ assets for our mutual growth and development.”

“From Worcester to Boston and across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts is a leading contender to welcome and host Amazon’s second North American headquarters, and the thousands of new individuals it will employ,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our strong cities and towns, great schools and STEM-educated workforce are among the best Amazon will find as it looks to expand its footprint.”

“As this bid clearly illustrates, Massachusetts has the history, talent, institutions, and locations available to be a leading contender for Amazon to build their second headquarters here.  Amazon will benefit from our best in the nation education system, world class institutions, and innovative economy to continue to grow their business while contributing to the fabric of our state,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “Based on our track record of innovation and experience in creating new ideas, I am hopeful that the Massachusetts bid will be among the finalists.” 

"With a highly educated, technology-friendly population, Massachusetts provides a talent pipeline that no other state can match,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “The House has built on this foundation with inventive programs like the Intern Partnership, MassCAN and STEM Starter Academy to prepare the innovators of tomorrow. We’ve paired this work with a legacy of fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship. This balance has resulted in a vibrant economy and a stable environment for business. I’m elated about the prospect of Amazon locating HQ2 in Massachusetts and am confident about our prospects."

Amazon already maintains a significant footprint in the Commonwealth, employing thousands at a number of locations, including Amazon Robotics in North Reading, fulfillment centers in Fall River and Stoughton, a research-and-development office in Cambridge, and a soon-to-be-opened office in Fort Point, Boston. The proposal outlines a broad array of financial programs already available in the Commonwealth to facilitate and spur private sector partnerships, investment and growth in Massachusetts’ communities.

“Amazon represents a transformative opportunity for Massachusetts – whether it chooses to locate in Boston, Worcester, Lawrence, New Bedford, Pittsfield, or somewhere in between,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Our proposal is a great story about a great state and I look forward to working with Amazon to find the right site for HQ2 here in the Commonwealth."

Amazon announced the RFP process for their new North American headquarters last month, expecting over $5 billion in construction  and as many as 50,000 new employees, in addition to tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in other local investments. Massachusetts’ proposal was submitted on Thursday, October 19th.

星期四, 10月 19, 2017

Council President Michelle Wu Releases Policy Agenda

Council President Michelle Wu Releases Policy Agenda

BOSTON -- Today Boston City Council President Michelle Wu released her comprehensive policy agenda for tackling income inequality, racial disparities, and climate change in the City of Boston. The agenda lays out a vision for Boston to be an affordable and welcoming home for families of all backgrounds, and a leading city in a time of uncertainty.

“This policy agenda is intended to be a living document that prioritizes my work and invites continued accountability and community partnership,” Councilor Wu said. “We are at a crossroads in our city and around the country, as inequality and climate change grow more visible and more destructive. Boston has always been a shining beacon of hope in the fights for equality and opportunity, so we are called on to lead now more than ever. There’s no time to waste in taking local action to bring about the big changes we need,” she added.

The policy recommendations are grouped around six central concepts: the need to achieve affordability and shared prosperity, create livable streets, plan for inclusive and sustainable development, empower residents to be civically engaged, foster safe and healthy communities, and ensure high quality education for all students. Ideas range from immediately actionable proposals to policy innovations from other cities that Boston should explore.

Wu thanked community leaders and advocates for helping shape the vision and details of the policy agenda. “Across the city, there has been an outpouring of energy to get involved and make a difference. I’ve been lucky to receive ideas and guidance from residents representing various neighborhoods, professions, and walks of life that ultimately resulted in this agenda. Now let’s get it done.”

Read the full policy agenda at www.michelleforboston.com/agenda

星期三, 10月 18, 2017

TREASURER GOLDBERG ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP IN WORCESTER


TREASURER GOLDBERG ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP IN WORCESTER

BOSTON – Treasurer Goldberg has announced four more locations for the second round of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series. The initiative, launched in collaboration with Citizens Bank, is a free program focusing on wage negotiation, money management, retirement and investment strategies for women. The workshops will be held at the Worcester YWCA on November 2nd and 9th.

“Women face unique challenges when it comes to financial security,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “This Program will provide critical information that will give the women in Worcester the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy.”

For more specifics on the event details, programmatic content, and to register please visit the program’s site HERE.

Worcester was chosen as part of a statewide expansion to bring economic security workshops to women across Massachusetts. The workshops, held in partnership with YWCA Central Mass, are designed to help empower Worcester women and give them the tools to secure their economic future and reach their full financial potential

On day one, Treasurer Goldberg created the Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE), led by a deputy treasurer, with the deliberate goal of implementing a range of economic empowerment initiatives that include closing the gender wage gap, increasing access to financial education, improving college affordability, and investing in STEM careers and education. For more information visit http://www.mass.gov/treasury/empowerment or follow the hashtag #EqualPayMA.

紐英崙中華公所幹部改選 第一組候選人出爐

               (Boston Orange)紐英崙中華公所宣佈下一屆幹部改選,自1010日起至1110日止接受提名,125日辦理選舉,現已收到一組提名人選。
               至孝篤親公所,溯源公所,朱沛國堂,至德三德公所,紐英崙廣東同鄉會,港澳之友社等5個姓氏公所及僑團,已遞交提名人選,分別為主席陳家驊,中文書記雷國輝,英文書記朱蘇珊,財政陳文浩,核數周樹昂。
               坊間傳聞,黃氏公所將支持黃立輝參選主席一職,但中華公所尚未收到提名表格。

               黃立輝在中華公所曾歷任財政,核數職位。在上屆主席阮鴻燦任內擔任核數,在現任主席陳家驊任內,曾擔任財政,但在第二年任期時,以其本身公務繁忙為由辭職。

星期二, 10月 17, 2017

紐英崙華人歷史協會今日講座談與時俱變的華人移民 (圖片)

麻省理工學院榮休教授李燦輝談波士頓華人移民歷史。(周菊子攝)













新一代移民大都是學者,專業菁英人士。從左上向右下行,貝聿銘,王安,杜維明,Ching-Shih Chen等人。





紐英崙華人歷史協會主任甄翠嬿。(周菊子攝)
This panel presentation, led by Tunney Lee with Shauna Lo and Lisong Liu, will cover the changing nature of Chinese immigration to Boston from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (CEA) through its full repeal in 1965 to contemporary times. With a focus on Boston and Massachusetts, this panel considers national laws and local sentiments to shed light on an immigration history that is continuing today.

Although the main driver for passage of the CEA were the conflicts on the West Coast between recently arrived European settlers and the Chinese immigrants, Boston and Massachusetts played key roles in the passage and enforcement of the law. The panelists will address Massachusetts’s politicians’ reactions to the CEA, racialized labor politics, Chinatown raids, the Immigration Station in East Boston, and legal employment for Chinese Americans. Panelists will continue the conversation on the growth of the Chinese community in Massachusetts after WWII through the War Brides Act, the Refugee Acts, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the influence of international students, and expansion beyond Chinatown to Brighton, Fenway, Quincy, Medford, Malden, and other suburban towns.

Tunney Lee is professor emeritus of architecture and city planning at MIT and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His primary research focus is urban residential density, Boston’s Chinatown, and the planning history of Boston.

Lisong Liu is an associate professor of history at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His teaching and research interests focus on Chinese emigration and nation-building, post-1965 Asian-American communities, US-China relations, and comparative and global migrations.

Shauna Lo is assistant director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she administers the institute and assists on programs and research projects related to Asian-American communities in Massachusetts.

AALDEF Voter Survey Volunteer Training 10/18

Via Leverett Wing

An important effort being organized by our friends at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), in New York.

As they do annually in various states, AALDEF will be conducting national, non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document voting patterns and instances of voter disenfranchisement.

Tomorrow (Wed., 10/18), AALDEF will be offering two trainings in Boston for volunteers interested in helping with these efforts.  Attorneys can receive 1.5 CLE credits including 0.5 ethics credit for volunteering.

~ Here are the details on the two training opportunities ~
* AALDEF Voter Survey Volunteer Lunchtime Training
Where: Bechert LLP (CLE Training) - One International Place, 40th Fl, 100 Oliver St, Boston, MA 02110
When: Lunch, 12-1:30 PM

* AALDEF Voter Survey Volunteer Evening Training
Where: Metropolitan Community Room, 38 Oak Street, Boston, MA 02111
When6-7:30 PM

Attendance at one 60-minute training session is required for all new volunteers. All volunteers must be non-partisan and work a 3-hour shift on Election Day. Asian language ability is helpful, but not required.

CLE trainings are 90 minutes. Attorneys can receive 1.5 CLE credits including 0.5 ethics credit.

Please share this email, or AALDEF's Facebook event page for the trainings, with anyone you think may be interested.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO DEFEND ASIAN AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS
2017 Asian American Election Protection – Tuesday, November 7, 2017
MA • NJ • NY • VA
 
In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated “Asian” voting lines.  When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked.  In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) conducts a non-partisan survey of Asian American voters to document voting patterns and instances of voter disenfranchisement. AALDEF has also monitored the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.
 
We need your help.  All are welcome to volunteer for our exit poll, which we will conduct in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.  Exit poll volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. We are also looking for law students and attorneys to monitor polls in NY, NJ, and MA. We will conduct mandatory 60-minute community trainings and offer 90-minute CLE trainings in all of these regions. All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time they help; Asian language ability is helpful, but not required.  Complete the form at www.aaldef.net.  Thank you!
 
For more information, contact AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala or Voting Rights Organizer Iris Zalun at 800-966-5946 or votingright s@aaldef.org.