The South Shore Chamber of Commerce will be the first business organization to receive a Housing Hero Award from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) in recognition of its leadership in promoting housing and economic development.
The announcement was delivered by Governor Charlie Baker during his remarks at a May 11th business breakfast before more than 550 South Shore business leaders, held at The Lantana in Randolph. The MHP is a quasi-public finance organization that annually recognizes groups and individuals for their work in helping to create housing and economic opportunity.
The South Shore Chamber is being distinguished for its ‘South Shore 2030’ initiative, a multi-year effort dedicated to crafting a comprehensive economic and community development plan. The initiative is focused on bringing jobs to the region and addressing potential workforce shortages in key industries. Central to the effort is a 30-person housing working group that is expected to release a report this fall that will pinpoint how much and the type of housing the region needs to grow its economy.
‘We applaud the South Shore Chamber for dedicating its resources to building consensus on policies that will lead to greater opportunity for all South Shore residents and the entire region,’ said Governor Baker.
Peter Forman, president and CEO of the Chamber said he and the entire South Shore Chamber of Commerce extend deepest appreciation ‘for the recognition from Governor Baker and the MHP about our perspective on housing and its relationship to our economy.’
The Chamber will be presented the award during the Housing Institute’s Awards Luncheon on June 8th, at the Devens Conference Center in Devens, MA.