The vision for Gateway Cities is that they actively participate in, and contribute to, the Commonwealth’s overall economic success by taking advantage of their distinctive ability to be desirable locations for innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses and places where people with choices choose to live. As this vision is achieved, our Gateway Cities will not only prosper, they will provide a distinctive competitive advantage for the Commonwealth as a whole. Our work to achieve this vision has four guiding principles:
- A successful strategy for our Gateway Cities will be fundamentally based on an economic development agenda for the Commonwealth as a whole: making long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure, with special attention to the growth potential of our entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- A successful strategy for our Gateway Cities will take full advantage of their distinctive assets, including their educational, medical and cultural institutions, and their historic buildings and neighborhoods.
- Although our Gateway Cities will be centers of economic activity, they will not succeed in isolation and must be well connected to other centers of economic activity, within the Commonwealth and beyond.
- Success requires a true city-state partnership, with each party accepting and executing its respective responsibilities.
What is a Gateway City?
Under M.G.L. c. 23A section 3A, a Gateway City is defined as a municipality with:
- Population greater than 35,000 and less than 250,000
- Median household income below the state average
- Rate of educational attainment of a bachelor’s degree or above that is below the state average.
The following are Massachusetts Gateway Cities:
- Gateway Cities - Contact Information , updated March 11, 2013
- State Resources Supporting Revitalization of Gateway Cities , updated April 2013
- MassWorks Infrastructure Program
- Housing That Works
Programs and Initiatives
Housing Development Incentive Program
The Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) , established as M.G.L., Chapter 40V, provides Gateway Cities with a development tool to increase residential growth, expand diversity of housing stock, support economic development, and promote neighborhood stabilization in designated geographic target areas. The program provides two tax incentives to developers to undertake substantial rehabilitation of properties for lease or sale as multi-unit market rate housing: (1) a local-option real estate tax exemption on all or part of the increased property value resulting from improvements (the increment); and (2) state tax credits for Qualified Substantial Rehabilitation Expenditures that are awarded through a rolling application process.
Gateway Cities: Housing Planning Grant
In December 2012 DHCD awarded a total of $149,797 in federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Special Projects funding to two community-based non-profit organizations working in Gateway Cities, Lawrence Community Works and Twin Cities CDC, to support neighborhood revitalization and efforts to create opportunities for safe and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in Lawrence’s North Common Neighborhood and Fitchburg’s Elm Street Neighborhood, respectively.
Gateway Plus Action Grant
In November 2008 DHCD awarded $1.35 million to 18 Gateway Cities to assist local revitalization efforts through a state initiative designed to support affordable housing and economic development opportunities for mixed-income communities across Massachusetts. These Gateway Plus Action Grants (GPAG) supported local strategic planning efforts to increase diversity of housing options, increase economic opportunities, foster and strengthen civic engagement, and revitalize neighborhoods.
Additional GPAG Information and Strategic Plans
- List of funded projects
- Gateway Plus Action Grant: Final Report file size 2MB
- Chelsea file size 13MB
- Chicopee file size 9MB
- Fitchburg file size 14MB file size 2MB
- Homeownership Properties
- Haverhill file size 15MB
- Holyoke file size 7MB
- Lawrence file size 3MB
- Leominster file size 6MB
- Lowell file size 41MB
- Lynn file size 9MB
- Methuen file size 6MB
- New Bedford file size 167MB
- Pittsfield file size 6MB
- Revere file size 4MB
- Salem file size 50MB
- Springfield file size 4MB
- Taunton file size 6MB
- Westfield file size 44MB
- Worcester file size 47MB