Bedford is one of three towns among six Massachusetts communities selected to participate in a yearlong project to develop and implement plans for more racial and wealth equity in their communities. The award was announced by Town Manager Sarah Stanton at the September 28 meeting of the Select Board.
Stanton described the work as bringing an expert level of consulting to a yearlong effort to put together an equity plan across all functions of government. She will be taking the lead on this effort and requested that a member of the Select Board serve as a liaison. Emily Mitchell nominated Bopha Malone, Bill Moonan seconded, and the appointment was approved 5-0-0. Malone agreed to serve saying, “Thank you, Sarah, for submitting this grant. I would love to serve. I would be honored.”
Margot Fleischman expressed her excitement about the opportunity. “This is something we had all discussed in our goals, and another example of Bedford being at the forefront on important issues. Kudos to everyone who was involved in the grant application.”
The planning project is a collaboration among the MAPC (Metropolitan Planning Council), GEAR (Government Alliance on Race and Equity), and the Federal Reserve Bank. (GARE is a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. (Link https://www.racialequityalliance.org)
Bedford is the smallest of the communities to receive the grant. The other communities are Framingham, Lynn, Natick, Revere, and Stoughton.
More information about the planning process can be found in a video on the MAPC website https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/remap/