New working group will foster community development by aligning federal, state and local stakeholders
Lynn, Mass. – Today Gov. Charlie Baker, Congressman Seth Moulton, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Senator Thomas M. McGee, Representatives Fennell, Ehrlich, Wong, and Crighton, and other government and community officials announced the launch of the Lynn Economic Advancement and Development (LEAD) Team, a cross-governmental working group that will promote community revitalization in the city of Lynn by aligning economic development initiatives among federal, state and local officials.
The working group will coordinate community planning efforts, and will enable expedited permitting and development on underutilized real estate parcels.
“Lynn is the front door to our district and is home to a diverse community of people who understand hard work,” said Congressman Seth Moulton. “This community needs high-paying jobs, better housing and more opportunity. This team will bring local, state and federal resources together to make that happen.”
“The city of Lynn has tremendous economic development assets, including an enviable but underutilized waterfront, and strong transportation links to Boston,” said Gov. Baker. “By aligning our efforts and unlocking tough development sites, we will enable Lynn to capitalize on its potential, drive private investment, job creation, and new housing opportunities.”
“Our administration is committed to fostering collaboration with municipalities,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “I am thrilled that this innovative partnership will enable this important Gateway City to foster community development.”
“Governor Baker and Secretary Ash have clearly made Lynn a priority and we welcome them with open arms,” said Jim Cowdell of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Lynn. “Their support, combined with our federal partners, positions Lynn for great economic opportunities in the future. We look forward to working together for the betterment of Lynn.”
“This is an exciting day for Lynn and the Commonwealth,” said Representative Brendan Crighton. “I am honored to be part of this Team and I look forward to working with my federal, state and local partners to continue to make Lynn a city I am proud to call home.”
“I am pleased to be a part of this unprecedented collaboration between local, state, and federal officials,” said Senator Thomas M. McGee. “We have many recent successes to build upon, and our goal is to align and coordinate efforts to continue the forward momentum of economic development in the City of Lynn.”
“I am looking forward to working with Governor Baker, Secretary Ash, Congressman Moulton, and our State Delegation to bring in State and Federal resources to assist us in Economic Development projects that we have identified,” said Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy.
“The Council is excited to join this unprecedented coalition focused on Lynn’s current economic vitality and growth,” said City Council President, Dan Cahill.
The Lynn Economic Advancement and Development Team is comprised of US Rep. Seth Moulton, the Lynn legislative delegation, Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Lynn, Lynn City Council President Daniel Cahill, MassDevelopment CEO Marty Jones, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. Team members will meet quarterly, and commit staff to engaging on a weekly basis. Tight coordination between team members and their staffs will enable the development team to align their efforts around priority economic development sites, many of which present difficult cross-jurisdictional issues.