4th annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards in Springfield

Gateway Cities are designated as economically lagging but with potential

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The fourth annual Gateway Cities Innovation Awards were held at the MassMutual in Springfield Tuesday morning.

The event recognizes the work being done in the 26 gateway cities across Western Massachusetts. Gateway Cities are designated as economically lagging but with potential. The event also included a policy discussion on people for the future.

Retiring Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe was used as an example of improving the re-entry process for people released from prison.

“His work is respected nationally and we’re celebrating that today and we’re taking a hard look at how they made that happen so other communities can learn from that and do the same,” said Ben Forman, Director of Gateway Cities Innovation Institute.

The summit also included discussion on High School Redesign to prepare young adults for college and careers.