The sixth of eight Commonwealth Conversations tours crossing the state comes to metro Boston on March 4th. Senators Sal DiDomenico, Will Brownsberger, Sonia Chang-Díaz, Linda Dorcena Forry, Pat Jehlen, and Anthony Petruccelli will tour schools, local businesses, redevelopment sites, Massport, and a union apprenticeship program. The day will culminate with a public town hall event at Roxbury Community College to listen to the concerns of residents throughout the Senators’ districts. Joining the tour will be Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, and other senators from across the state.
The tour begins at Brighton High School with a panel on education, transportation, and economic development. The public is invited to attend this forum from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. The tour continues with a drive through Beacon Park Yards, the site of the Allston I-90 Interchange Improvement Project. Senators will then visit the energy tech incubator Greentown Labs in Somerville; hear from the Somerville Community Corporation Community Organizers Team on workforce development; view development sites in Union and Assembly Squares; have lunch at the student-run Crimson Café at Everett High School and tour the school; view development sites along lower Broadway; receive a briefing at Massport in East Boston; visit The New England Regional Council of Carpenters apprenticeship program in Dorchester; take a dinner stop at a local restaurant; and end the day with the two-hour public town hall forum at Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to travel to different areas of the Commonwealth to hear the issues and concerns that are important to the residents of those communities,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico. “The information that we gather on this tour will help us craft legislation to make changes where they are needed most.”
“With our statewide Commonwealth Conversations Tour we hope to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth about how we can help improve their lives through our work in the Senate,” said President Stan Rosenberg. “We hope these conversations will help us craft our agenda and engage the public in the good work that we hope to accomplish this legislative session.”
The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by the local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses, and interest groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.
Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region that is not an adjoining district to their own. The tours began February 4th and run through March 18th. All members of the public are encouraged to participate. Written testimony can be submitted at a public forum or through the tour website at the Talk to the Tour tab. To learn more about the tours visit the website at https://malegislature.gov/cc and follow on Twitter at @MA_Senate and #MaConvos.