FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is receiving the Connect for Community Impact Award by Social Capital Inc.
Eastern Bank CEO Bob Rivers will present the award to City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer on June 3.
Following the award presentation there will be a panel discussion related to business & community collaboration to create healthy and equitable communities.
Panelists include Mayor Spicer, Jay Ash, President & CEO, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership; Michael Curry, JD, President & CEO, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; Dan Rivera, President & CEO, MassDevelopment; and Rivers, as moderator.
Ash recommended to Mayor Spicer she hire Kevin Shea, the City of Framingham’s current Planning and Community Development Director.
The Connect for Community Impact Award, presented by Eastern Bank, has been presented annually since 2016, recognizing cities that effectively collaborate across diverse sectors and constituencies to create a thriving community for all.
“In just three years, Mayor Spicer has literally put Framingham on the map as the first mayor of The Commonwealth’s latest city. Through her personal outreach and high visibility, she has established Framingham’s growing reputation as a model of sustainable and collaborative economic development,” said Rivers.
When asked why specifically the City of Framingham was receiving the award the response was “sponsored by Eastern Bank since 2016, with a focus on ‘Gateway Cities’ and other communities that share some of the characteristics of those communities. Eastern does business across these communities, and typically recommends the community to get this award based on their impression of places that are working together well, making progress on community development goals, etc. So it is a subjective choice based on experience across a lot of communities in the state. Bob Rivers, CEO of Eastern Bank, will be delivering remarks as he presents the award and will elaborate beyond the quote.”
Eastern Bank’s does not have a branch in Framingham. City of Framingham is not a Gateway City.