Massachusetts: Healey-Driscoll Administration Holds First Regional Cabinet Meeting in Amherst

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Amherst ~ Today, the Healey-Driscoll Administration held their first regional cabinet meeting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to discuss the administration's priorities in Western Massachusetts. Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll were joined by members of their cabinet to discuss issues impacting the region, including flood relief efforts and West-East Rail.

Governor Healey expressed her commitment to working for the entirety of Massachusetts. "Our state is made up of 351 cities and towns, each with their own unique sets of characteristics and needs. By hosting regional cabinet meetings, our administration is doubling down on our commitment to work for the entirety of Massachusetts," said Governor Healey.

Lieutenant Governor Driscoll echoed this sentiment, emphasizing that working for the people of Massachusetts means meeting them where they are across the entire state. "By hosting regional cabinet meetings, we're taking advantage of having our entire administration together in one place to learn how we can best serve that region. It makes us all better, more empathetic leaders, and it's our key to delivering results for Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll.

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After the meeting, Chancellor Javier Reyes led Cabinet members on a tour of UMass Amherst's Life Sciences Laboratories. The tour included a visit to Mass Spectrometry Core, a facility that plays a critical role in UMass's Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)/environmental research and development in clean water. UMass Professors Caitlyn Butler, Dave Reckhow and John Tobiason along with undergraduate and graduate students discussed how they use the facility for projects addressing environmental sustainability and protecting public health.

At the conclusion of the meeting and tour, Cabinet members continued to different events across the region: Lieutenant Governor Driscoll met with leadership at Springfield Technology Park; Secretary of Economic Development Yvonne Hao joined local officials in Turners Falls; Secretary of Health and Human Services Kate Walsh met with Chair Carlos Gonzalez; Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities Ed Augustus toured a supportive housing project; Secretary of Education Pat Tutwiler met with UMass Donahue Institute; Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer met with local leaders in clean energy and sustainability.

The Healey-Driscoll Administration aims to hold regional cabinet meetings in every region across Massachusetts as part of an effort to promote statewide collaboration. Through these meetings they hope to learn more about what makes each region so great as well as strategize around how they can work together to make their entire state stronger.

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