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The email boxes of city employees will look a little emptier with the end of the annual food drive, but the donation truck food drive 4looks better than ever! City offices have been participating in friendly competition to raise food donations for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Naturally, in the spirit of competition the prizes included housing the coveted “City Hall Challenge Trophy,” a DD gift card and of course bragging rights.

The Top 3 winners were:

Team “Can Collect,” Treasury Department, with a total of 465 cans

Team “Forever Young,” Council on Aging and Veterans Administration, with a total of 381 cans

Team “Works Well,” Career Center, with a total of 225 cans

and runner up “Develop they Can,” the Department of Planning and Development

food drive 5food drive 3The biggest achievement however, came from the raising of 1440 items for the food bank and helping our city.  Thank you to everyone who donated! Every can counts!

If you’d like to get more information on how to help visit http://mvfb.org/how-to<-help/ there you can find information on having your own fund drives, food donations and volunteering.

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The City of Lowell is once again offering the Best Retail Practices Program

Click photo to find out more information about the Best Retail Practices program located on the City of Lowell’s website.

Please keep in mind that you do need to register for this event on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Thank you all for the opportunity to be associated with such a success story.


To the “Lynch Cabinet.”

While at the MMA conference this Friday and Saturday, I was struck by the recognition throughout our profession of Lowell’s transformation.  Recognition came from management, vendors and elected officials alike.  I was humbled by the attention and proud to have been a part of this extraordinary run.  It also stuck me that the overwhelming sentiment of those who understand the fragility of local governments was of concern for Lowell.  Both of these observations underscore the importance of having a good overall team and of team-building.

Lowell’s success was, in part, the result of efforts that took place years ago, but required time to come to fruition, such as the Hamilton Canal.  It was also, in part, recognition that things change and municipalities must make adjustments to thrive.  Such was Lowell’s response to challenges with the Tsongas Arena/Center.  Much has to do with team-building.  It is no easy task to evaluate and retain the best people of the past, and supplement it with critical, new talent.  It is even tougher to keep that team together.  It is toughest of all to know when to lead with a strong hand and to know when to loosen the reins to allow the talent of others to shine through.

As the Lynch administration winds down and significant transitions take place, it is important for Lowell to recognize its extraordinary success to the same extent that the rest of the Massachusetts municipal world does.  The accomplishments of Lowell are no less impressive than the dramatic turnaround of Chelsea or the sustained excellence of Cambridge.  The City Council deserves credit for making some great hiring decisions.  Manager Lynch certainly put the bulk of the team together and deserves a huge dollop of the kudos, but much of the credit belongs to the incredible effort and success from the entire team and the fact that, for the most part, the legislative and administrative branches of Lowell worked together to transform shared goals into reality.

I wish Adam and Sheryl well as they move on to new chapters, however relaxing or challenging they may be.  To those of you who may follow, may you also satisfy your own personal and/or professional goals.  To those who stay, please carry on and bring Lowell to even higher places.  Thank you all for the opportunity to be associated with such a success story.


Tom Moses

Executive Assistant

Town of Hudson

78 Main Street

Hudson, MA 01749

(978) 562-9963

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Contact: Theresa Park
Title: Director of Economic Development
Phone: 978-446-7200
Email: tpark@lowellma.gov

Open Doors to Federal and State Government Contracting

Lowell, MA, January 9, 2014 — The City of Lowell, through the Department of Planning and Development’s Economic Development Office, is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer a workshop on “Open Doors to Federal and State Government Contracting.”

The workshop, to be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, will cover how businesses can better position themselves to access government contracting opportunities, a $500 billion market, by obtaining certification as a small business, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small business, or a veteran and service disabled business. In addition, other relevant topics will include the 8(a) Business Development Program and the HUBZone Program. Speakers from the U.S. SBA and the State’s Supplier Diversity Office include Pauline Swanson, SBA’s Business Opportunity Specialist, Lisa Gonzalez Welch, SBA’s Economic Development Specialist, and Bonnie Hayman, Outreach Coordinator for Massachusetts’ Supplier Diversity Office.

“The U.S. Government is the world’s largest customer, and they routinely do business with small businesses,” said Bernie Lynch, Lowell City Manager. “And we’d like to open up these opportunities to the many capable local businesses in the City of Lowell. The workshop will demystify the process by which small businesses can position themselves for government contracts.” The workshop will also avail information on how small businesses can also tap into the City of Lowell’s procurement pipeline.

The procurement workshop will be held at Middlesex Community College Morse Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell. For additional information including registration for the workshop, go to http://www.mktix.com/colow or call/email us at (978) 674-1437 or efindlen@lowellma.gov. Parking is available in the Davidson Lot and snow date is set for January 29th.

About The City of Lowell

A crossroad of commerce and creativity, the City of Lowell is a diverse urban environment. Named one of the best places to live by Boston Magazine, the City is characterized by its established arts community, distinct residences and commercial vitality. The fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lowell is home to an eclectic mix of cultural attractions and events including the Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Tsongas Arena. A leader in urban redevelopment, Lowell offers a variety of residential and commercial space from renovated mills to modern high-rises. Strategically located at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3, Lowell has established itself as a leading business and entertainment destination throughout Massachusetts and Greater New England.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2013 


BOSTON (December 16, 2013) – Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum announced that Mill City Grows is one of five “Social Innovators” it has selected for 2013-2014, its 10th program year. Mill City Grows is representing the Sustainability in Our Communities track sponsored by the Schrafft Charitable Trust. As a Social Innovator, Mill City Grows will receive access to cash and capacity-building services over the next 24 months from Root Cause and its partners valued at more than $135,000.

“Mill City Grows is honored to be one of Root Cause’s Social Innovators! This opportunity will allow us to strengthen our work and learn from an incredible community that has helped over 60 organizations create meaningful social change. We believe that with Root Causes’ support and capacity-building services, we will be able to take our work to the next level,” said Lydia Sisson, Co-Director of Mill City Grows.

Evaluation and interview committees made up of more than 70 social issue experts from the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors reviewed upwards of 100 applications to select the winners – all of which are at an exciting inflection point and have compelling missions, strong leadership and vision, a desire to improve, and growth potential.

Below is the list of Social Innovators, along with the designated social issue track and the track’s sponsoring partner.

●      Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring

Track: Anything Goes- Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region’s Toughest Social Issues

Sponsoring Partner: Boston Open Impact

●      Coaching for Change

Track: Youth in Gateway Cities: Investing in Young People, Revitalizing Communities

Sponsoring Partner: Amelia Peabody Foundation

●      Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Track: Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services

Sponsoring Partner: Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund – General Fund

●      Mill City Grows

Track: Sustainability in Our Communities: Building Greener and Healthier Cities

Sponsoring Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

●      Veterans Legal Services

Track: Expanding Opportunities and Improving Services for Veterans in Massachusetts

Sponsoring Partner: Highland Street Foundation

In addition to consulting, executive coaching and other in-kind services, Mill City Grows also will receive long-term support from Social Innovation Forum staff on performance tracking and relationship building, as well as opportunities to participate in various networking events and become part of the Social Innovation Forums’s growing circle of nonprofit, business, government, and foundation leaders. The Social Innovators will present their work to leaders from the local public, private and nonprofit sectors at Root Cause’s 11th Annual Social Innovator Showcase on May 7, 2014.

The Social Innovation Forum is Root Cause’s demonstration of how resources can be allocated based on performance to accelerate progress on social issues. Since 2004, it has directed close to $14 million in cash and in-kind support to 59 Social Innovators and Impact Entrepreneurs.

About Mill City Grows

Mill City Grows fosters food justice in the city of Lowell by improving physical health, economic independence, and environmental sustainability through increased access to land, locally-grown food, and education. Our goal is to increase community access to healthy, fresh food through the development of urban food production and distribution networks. For more information, please visit http://www.millcitygrows.org

About Root Cause

Root Cause is a nonprofit provider of high-impact and strategic consulting and research services for mission-driven organizations nationwide. Over the past 10 years, Root Cause has improved the performance of nonprofit, public and philanthropic institutions to create enduring social change. For more information, please visit http://www.rootcause.org


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City of Lowell, MA Recognized with the Kenneth E. Pickard Award for Regional Economic Development by the Massachusetts Municipal Association

City Manager, Bernie Lynch, announces that the City of Lowell has been chosen by the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) to receive the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award along with the Towns of Bedford, Billerica, Burlington and Chelmsford.
The City of Lowell has been recognized for this award as part of the Middlesex 3 Coalition as an example of an exceptional Regional Economic Development Public/Private Partnership.
In receiving this award, the City of Lowell and other regional members of the Middlesex 3 Coalition have demonstrated their dedication, commitment and ability to increase the effectiveness of local government by successfully implementing a unique and creative program.
The Middlesex 3 Coalition is a regional partnership consisting of five Middlesex County Communities that surround the Route 3 corridor. The coalition communities seek to foster economic development as well as create job growth and retention. Additionally, diversification of the tax base and enhancement of quality of life are major goals of the Middlesex 3 Coalition. Members include stakeholders in local government, business, finance, education and development who have combined resources to promote the competitive advantages of the region and advance the economic vitality of the corridor. Lowell will continue to work with other surrounding communities to offer opportunities for residents, students and businesses and is committed to promoting strong economic leadership and innovation.

For more information, please visit http://www.middlesex3.com/

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Attention, Lowell Businesses! — Attend an info session on Thursday, Nov 21, 8:30 AM at the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board, 107 Merrimack Street to learn how to apply for the MA Hiring Incentive Training Grant.

Businesses can apply for $5K cash grants when hiring a MA resident who has been unemployed six months or more or Veterans (regardless of length of unemployment). Employers may receive up to $75K each calendar year for new hires meeting eligibility requirements.

To register or for more information contact Gail Brown: gail.brown@cclowell.org or 978-805-4736.

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