Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Exciting public policy meetings ahoy!

More than a month ago a nice lady from the Pioneer Institute sent me an email telling me about this event taking place on April 25th and asking me to plug it.

My attitude at the time was basically "meh, I'm not a fucking clearinghouse for press releases." But I'm fickle and haven't felt like writing much lately, so I'll plug it anyway.

It's the "Center for Economic Opportunity Annual Conference" and Mayor Wong is speaking at it. Per the woman organizing it:
Mayor Wong will be talking about her plans for smart growth in Fitchburg - developing by the river, road, and rail. She will be on a panel with city leaders discussing innovations in the field of economic development.


The event is part of Pioneer Institute's Middle Cities Initiative. Middle Cities are Massachusetts' older industrial cities that are politically and economically in limbo between the traditional power base of greater Boston and the burgeoning political force of the suburbs, and between their former industrial role and newer market function. Pioneer Institute is launching the Middle Cities Initiative to help the state and cities implement a comprehensive agenda for reviving urban markets and improving city governance. Pioneer is facilitating coalition meetings with mayors, making recommendations to the state for better oversight, and creating benchmarks for performance that can be used by the state and cities alike to gauge progress.

In case you're blind, here's the link to it again.

It's on Friday from 8:30-11:30 AM. So I guess if you're retired or unemployed or something and you're a big policy wonk go and have a super-fun time!

In order to make this post less boring, here's a totally unrelated video for a movie I find myself wanting to see!



stah said...

The Sore Losers?

Did you know that LSD has been illegal since the mid-60's?

It looks like a low budget Natural Born Killers. Where do you find this stuff?

The Unicow said...

C'mon, you know you want to see it! According to imdb its tagline is "They wanted meat so they ate the Flower Children," and it has a character known as "Malt Liquor Angel"!

How could that possibly not be awesome?

stah said...

"Soylent green is people"

Remember the scene in Dre and Snoop's "Nuthin but a G Thang" when the DOC open's the fridge to a stack of 40's? I wanted a fridge like that when I was 18.

The Unicow said...

So at what age did you finally get a fridge like that?

1970s Abraham Lincoln said...

Remember the scene in Dre and Snoop's "Nuthin but a G Thang" when the DOC open's the fridge to a stack of 40's? I wanted a fridge like that when I was 18.

I've never seen that. Was it like one of those old-timey rounded refrigerators with the funny latch?

stah said...


I build a keg-a-rator out of an old fridge when I was 21. It serviced over 400 kegs during our college and post-graduation days. That was when a keg of Coors Light cost $39 @ Gomes. Most locals between the age of 30 and 40 probaly had a few drafts off of that fridge. The good old days!


You-Tube it. The best music video of the 90's, right after Weeser's "Buddy Holly". That scene is near the end of the video.