New Lowell to Burlington shuttle opens job opportunities

The Lowell Sun

Employers in Burlington hope that a new Lowell to Burlington shuttle will help them tap into the city’s labor pool.

The shuttle launched last week after years of research and planning. For years employers, particularly restaurants, in Burlington have struggled to access a labor pool large enough to fill their job openings, and for years Lowell has struggled with the opposite problem – connecting residents with a wider job pool.

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Middlesex 3 Coalition Discusses Transportation Challenges and Potential Solutions

The Bedford Citizen 

As part of their Business Leadership Series, the Middlesex 3 Coalition (M3) held a panel discussion on transportation policy and legislation on September 26.  The meeting provided the attendees with a chance to hear and discuss various perspectives on the current state of transportation challenges along the Route 3 corridor and to consider an innovative combination of potential solutions to make real progress and reverse the steadily worsening local and commuting transportation picture in the area.

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Burlington’s State Representatives Express Support for Bill that Features $1.5 Billion in Local Education Investments

BCAT

Burlington’s representatives in Boston say they are happy with a new bill that would increase spending in location education and reconfigure how Chapter 70 funds are allocated.

“State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) in lauding the efforts of House and Senate leaders after the Student Opportunity Act was released by the Joint Committee on Education,” a release from Gordon’s office states.

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State Rep. Ken Gordon announces bid for 4th term

Burlington’s state representative announced on Tuesday that he will be seeking a fourth term in office.

“It is my honor to serve the people of Bedford, Burlington and precinct 3 in Wilmington in the legislature, as I have for the past seven years,” Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) said in a newsletter to constituents. “Much has been done, but with the authority gained by my time in office, I am in a position to do more. With that in mind, I look forward to re-election as your State Representative in November of 2020. I ask for your support and your vote.”

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Rep. Gordon behind organization of vigil and call-to-action

BCAT/The Bedford Citizen 

The Interfaith Clergy in Burlington and Bedford, along with  State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford,) held a vigil to remember those lost in recent mass shootings in El Paso, Gilroy and Dayton. This, combined with a call-to-action to help move forward the push for gun law reform took place on the Bedford Town Common Wednesday, Aug. 14, with a crowd of almost 50 in attendance.

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State budget includes funds for Burlington restaurant workers shuttle

Burlington has restaurants and those restaurants have jobs. Lowell has people who need jobs. Bringing those two groups together is the spark behind an initiative supported by state legislators, business leaders, and local towns.

The fiscal year 2020 state budget, which recently passed the House and Senate, contained $125,000 earmarked for a Lowell-to-Burlington shuttle service which will transport potential restaurant workers from their homes in Lowell to Burlington and back home again.

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Mass House approves $1.3 Billion for community climate resiliency projects

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is taking aim at climate change with the support of Burlington’s representative.

“As climate change becomes a larger concern at the local level, State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), joined his colleagues to fight the ongoing, negative effects of global warming,” a release from his office states.

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What the State Budget has for Burlington

The long-awaited state budget has been approved by both legislative chambers and Burlington’s representatives in the State House are highlighting funds that will benefit the town.

“Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) recently joined their colleagues in passing a Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) conference committee budget, making investments in education, healthcare, mental health and substance use disorder services, housing, and local aid,” a joint release from their offices reads. “This $43.1 billion budget includes several key investments to support programs and services to benefit the Town of Burlington.

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