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.

Rural Policy Plan

In October of 2019 the Rural Policy Commission unveiled the Rural Policy Plan to help realize opportunities in rural Massachusetts. 

 

 

Legislation

Legislative 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)
Thomas Matuszko (Berkshire Regional Planning Commission)
VACANT (Montachusett Regional Planning Commission)

Staff

Helena Fruscio Altsman

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Commission Meetings

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

June 15, 2018 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Greenfield, MA
RPAC Meeting Minutes - June 15, 2018

Sept. 14, 2018 Rural Policy Advisory Commission Meeting
Provincetown Town Hall, Provincetown, MA
RPAC Meeting Minutes - Sept.14, 2018

 

Rural Policy Advisory Commission Open Meetings

2022

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - Feb 11, 2022

RPAC - Special Meeting - March 4, 2022

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - April 8, 2022

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - June 10, 2022

2021

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - Jan. 14, 2021

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - February 12, 2021

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - April 9, 2021

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - June 9, 2021

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - October 8, 2021

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - December 10, 2021

2020

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - Jan. 23, 2020

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - April 27, 2020

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - June 25, 2020

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - October 9, 2020

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - December 11, 2020

2019

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - Jan. 11, 2019

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - March 8, 2019

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - March 15, 2019

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - June 10, 2019

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - July 30, 2019

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - Sept. 23, 2019

RPAC - Open Meeting Notice - Dec. 17, 2019

2018

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

2017

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 
 

Research

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