State legislators layout plan to promote economic prosperity in black community


Governor Charlie Baker and the Black Advisory Commission worked together to promote the economic prosperity and well-being of the black community living in Massachusetts.

A list of recommendations released on Wednesday laid out educational opportunities, workforce development and advancements in black-owned businesses across the state. 

To focus on improving curriculum and instruction in low-income communities, the Springfield Empowerment Zone was recommended to match programs and school cultures to students’ needs. 

The Administration also proposed programs that would help black students find internships or scholarships for college, as well as exposure to trade education. 

This comes just one year after Gov. Baker established the Black Advisory Commission to address issues relating specifically to the black community. 

In a statement, Gov. Baker said:

Our administration remains committed to ensuring the promotion of economic inclusion and equality for all citizens of the Commonwealth and we thank the Black Advisory Commission for their hard work and their dedication to the advancement of the Massachusetts Black community.

The Black Advisory Commission has to provide a report of their various programs every two years and could expand to include health care, housing, and public safety.

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