The Rural Policy Advisory Commission was created by the legislature in 2015. The Commission is governed under M.G.L. Chapter 23A: Section 66. The commission will serve as a research body for issues critical to the welfare and vitality of rural communities and shall: study, review and report on the status of rural communities and residents in the commonwealth; advise the general court and the executive branch of the impact of existing and proposed state laws, policies and regulations on rural communities; advance legislative and policy solutions that address rural needs; advocate to ensure that rural communities receive a fair share of state investment; promote collaboration among rural communities to improve efficiency in delivery of services; and develop and support new leadership in rural communities.

Survey for the Rural Policy Advisory Commission

Legislation

MGL Chapter 23A: Section 66

Legislative Report

SD.2580 - FY15 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Report

Demographics Report

Analysis of Demographic Data – 6-30-17  pdf format of Analysis of Demographic Data – 6-30-17
file size 2MB 
Analysis of Demographic Data – 4-28-17  pptx format of Analysis of Demographic Data – 4-28-17
file size 4MB

Members

Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay (Secretary of Housing and Economic Development or Designee)
Representative Gail Cariddi (Speaker of the House or Designee)
Corinne Fitzgerald (Senate President or Designee)
Jay Coburn (Cape Cod Commission)
Wendy Hudson (Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission)
Nathaniel Karns (Berkshire Regional Planning Commission)
Trish Settles (Central Massachusetts Regional Planning District Commission)
Judy Terry (Pioneer Valley Planning Commission)
Bill Veno (Martha’s Vineyard Commission)
Linda Dunlavy (Franklin Regional Council of Governments)
Brian Bullock (At-Large)
Dave Christopolis (At-Large)
Donna Hamel (At-Large)
Konnie Lukes (At-Large)

Staff

Paul McMorrow
Director of Policy and Communications
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Karen Bresnahan
Deputy Director of Policy
Department of Housing and Community Development

Commission Meetings

June 10, 2016
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
FRCOG, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA
Greenfield: June 10, 2016  pdf format of Greenfield: June 10, 2016
  MHP Greenfield Presentation  pptx format of MHP Greenfield Presentation
file size 2MB

August 25, 2016 
Infrastructure Working Group Meeting
Annex 4 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA 

August 29, 2016 
Population & Workforce Working Group Meeting
Franklin Regional County of Governments
FRCOG, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA 

September 14, 2016 
Housing Working Group Meeting
Greater Boston Real Estate Board One Center Plaza, Boston, MA

September 14, 2016 
Population & Workforce Working Group Meeting
FRCOG,12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA

September 30, 2016
Economic Development Working Group Meeting
Truro Community Center, 7 Standish Way, North Truro, MA

September 30, 2016
Housing Working Group Meeting
Truro Community Center, 7 Standish Way, North Truro, MA
Meeting Minutes 09/30/16  pdf format of Meeting Minutes 09/30/16

September 30, 2016
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
Truro Community Center, 7 Standish Way, North Truro, MA
Economic Development Bill Review  
Meeting Minutes 09/30/16  pdf format of Meeting Minutes 09/30/16

October 7, 2016
Infrastructure Working Group Meeting
CMRP, 2 Washington Square- Union Station, Worcester, MA
Meeting Minutes 10/07/16  pdf format of Meeting Minutes 10/07/16

November 3, 2016 
Economic Development Working Group Meeting 
FRCOG,12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA
Meeting Minutes-11/03/16  pdf format of Meeting Minutes-11/03/16

November 4, 2016 
Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting 
CMRP,2 Washington Square-Union Station, Worcester, MA
Meeting Minutes 11/04/16  pdf format of Meeting Minutes 11/04/16

November 21, 2016 Infrastructure Working Group Meeting 
CMRP,2 Washington Square- Union Station Worcester, MA

November 29, 2016 Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting 
FRCOG,12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA

January 06,2017 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting 
CMRP, 2 Washington Square- Union Station, Worcester, MA

March 10,2017 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting 
House Member's Lounge - Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
RPAC Meeting Minutes - March 10 2017  pdf format of  RPAC Meeting Minutes - March 10 2017

April 28,2017 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
Room 437 - Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA RPAC 
RPAC Meeting Minutes - April 28, 2017  pdf format of RPAC Meeting Minutes - April 28, 2017


Rural Policy Advisory Commission Open Meetings

RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - June 23, 2017  pdf format of RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - June 23, 2017
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - April 28, 2017  pdf format of RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - April 28, 2017
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - March 10, 2017  pdf format of RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - March 10, 2017
RPAC - Workforce-Demographics Open Meeting Notice 03.09.17  pdf format of  RPAC - Workforce-Demographics Open Meeting Notice
RPAC - Econ Dev Working Group - Open Meeting - March 8 2017  pdf format of  RPAC - Econ Dev Working Group - Open Meeting - March 8
RPAC-Infrastructure Working Group Meeting - February 15,2017  pdf format of RPAC-Infrastructure Working Group Meeting - February 15
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - January 6, 2017  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - January 6
RPAC- Economic Development Working Group Meeting - November 29, 2016  pdf format of RPAC- Economic Development Working Group Meeting - Nove
RPAC- Economic Development Working Group Meeting - November 3, 2016  pdf format of RPAC- Economic Development Working Group Meeting - Nove
RPAC- Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting - November 29, 2016  pdf format of RPAC- Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting - N
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting - November 4, 2016  pdf format of  Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Workforce Demograph
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Infrastructure Working Group Meeting - November 21, 2016  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Infrastructure
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Infrastructure Working Group Meeting - October 7, 2016  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Economic Development Working Group Meeting - September 30, 2016  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Economic Development
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - September 30, 2016  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - September 30
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting - September 14, 2016.  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Workforce
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Housing Working Group Meeting - September 14, 2016  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Housing Working Grou
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - June 10,2016  pdf format of Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - June 10,2016

Research

EOHED: Economic Development Bill Review  pptx format of EOHED: Economic Development Bill Review
file size 1MB
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission- Housing Plan (2014)
2015 Plan for Progress (Economic Development)
Berkshire County Age Friendly Survey 2015
Berkshire County Residential Aging in Place Workbook
WHO| Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide
APA Aging in Community Policy Guide
Blackstone Valley Prioritization Plan, 2012
Central Thirteen Prioritization Plan, 2012
Rural 11 Prioritization Plan, 2013 Report
Special Commission on Rural Access: Report to the General Court & Governor, 2013
Housing and Neighborhoods Chapter
Economy Chapter
Infrastructure and Services Chapter
Sustainable Franklin County Plan (2013)
Cape Cod Commission Regional Policy Plan (2009)
Martha’s Vineyard Planning Commission List of Studies and Reports
White Paper on Rural Housing in Massachusetts
Strategic Plan: Last Mile Program Guidelines for Unserved Towns
Report: Transportation Study pdf format of hilltowntransportationstudy
file size 4MB
Report: Your Place is the Highlands