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Rural Policy Advisory Commission (RPAC)

The commission will serve as a research body for issues critical to the welfare and vitality of rural communities.

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
  • 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
  • develop and support new leadership in rural communities.

Listening Sessions

A series of listening sessions has recently been scheduled. The goal of this series of sessions is to gather input from community leaders regarding the suggested focus areas to be included in the development of the Massachusetts Rural Policy Plan.  Listening sessions will be held in several regions across the Commonwealth.

A survey is available to provide input at the RPAC SURVEY -https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RPAC2018

Listening Sessions Locations & Dates

Date

Region

Location

RSVP

Thursday,

November 1

4:30-6:30pm

Central Massachusetts

 

Leicester Senior Center

40 Winslow Avenue

Leicester, MA

jzandi@cmrpc.org

Wednesday,

November 14

6:00-8:00pm

Merrimack Valley

 

Newbury Town Offices

12 Kent Way

Byfield, MA

nlavallee@mvpc.org

Tuesday, November 27

6pm to 8pm

Nantucket

PSF Conference Room

4 Fairground Road, Nantucket, MA

eantonietti@nantucket-ma.gov

Wednesday, November 28

4:30-6:30pm

Martha’s Vineyard           

 

Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority Bldg

11 A Street

Edgartown, MA  02539           

info@mvcommission.org

Wednesday, December 5

5:00-6:30pm

Southeastern Massachusetts

 

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) Office

88 Broadway

Taunton, MA  02780

info@srpedd.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 6

6:00-8:00pm

Berkshire County

 

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

1 Fenn St., Suite 201

Pittsfield, MA

info@berkshireplanning.org

Tuesday, December 11

5:00-7:00pm

Pioneer Valley

 

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

60 Congress St.

Springfield, MA

Igallagher@pvpc.org

Wednesday,

December 12

4:00-6:00pm

Outer/Lower Cape

Eastham Public Library, 190 Samoset Road, Eastham, MA 02642

 

jay@capecdp.org

Thursday,

December 13

5:00-7:00pm

Pioneer Valley

 

GCC Downtown

270 Main St.

Greenfield, MA

registrations@frcog.org 

Legislation

MGL Chapter 23A: Section 66

Legislative Report

SD.2576 - 2017 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Report

SD.2580 - 2016 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Report

Members

Helena Fruscio Altsman (Secretary of Housing and Economic Development or Designee)
Representative Paul Mark (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)
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)
Sara Smiarowski (At-Large)
VACANT (Berkshire Regional Planning Commission)
VACANT (Montachusett Regional Planning Commission)

Staff

Ryan Ambrose
Policy Development Manager and Legislative Liaison
Department of Housing and Community 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  MHP Greenfield Presentation

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
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
Truro Community Center, 7 Standish Way, North Truro, MA
Economic Development Bill Review
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

November 3, 2016 
Economic Development Working Group Meeting 
FRCOG,12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA
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

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

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

June 23, 2017 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting 
Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA
RPAC Meeting Minutes - June 23, 2017

September 8, 2017 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
Truro Community Center, 7 Standish Way, North Truro, MA
RPAC Meeting Minutes - September 8, 2017

January 12, 2018 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, 2 Washington Square - Union Station, Worcester, MA
RPAC Meeting Minutes - January 12, 2018

March 9, 2018 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
MA State House, Room 350, 3rd Floor - Boston, MA
RPAC Meeting Minutes - March 9, 2018

Rural Policy Advisory Commission Open Meetings

RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - Sept 14 2018
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - June 15, 2018
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - March 09, 2018
RPAC-Open Meeting Notice - January 12, 2018
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - November 1, 2017 Rural Caucus
RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - September 8, 2017
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - June 23, 2017 
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - April 28, 2017 
RPAC- Open Meeting Notice - March 10, 2017 
RPAC - Workforce-Demographics Open Meeting Notice 03.09.17 
RPAC - Econ Dev Working Group - Open Meeting - March 8 2017 
RPAC-Infrastructure Working Group Meeting - February 15,2017 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - January 6, 2017 
RPAC- Economic Development Working Group Meeting - November 29, 2016 
RPAC- Economic Development Working Group Meeting - November 3, 2016 
RPAC- Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting - November 29, 2016 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting - November 4, 2016 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Infrastructure Working Group Meeting - November 21, 2016 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Infrastructure Working Group Meeting - October 7, 2016 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Economic Development Working Group Meeting - September 30, 2016 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - September 30, 2016 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Workforce Demographics Working Group Meeting - September 14, 2016.
Rural Policy Advisory Commission - Housing Working Group Meeting - September 14, 2016 
Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting - June 10,2016 

Research

Analysis of Demographic Data 5-9-17
RPAC Municipal Survey Results 2017
MHP Center for Housing Data Presentation
EOHED: Economic Development Bill Review
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
Report: Your Place is the Highlands

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