Green Jobs on the Ground - Lawrence, MA
I made this video in support of my Master's Thesis, "Manufacturing Recovery: A Networked Approach to Green Job Creation in Massachusetts Gateway Cities." Here I highlight the particular toll that the economic crisis has taken on the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the story of one resident who is interested in finding employment in the clean energy sector. (Music credit: Jay Calder, "The 2nd Quadrant.") THESIS ABSTRACT: In "Manufacturing Recovery," I compare workforce development planning in Lawrence and Lowell, Massachusetts. I specifically examine local planning processes around job creation in the clean technology sector. I aim to show that the differences between the two cities’ approaches to workforce planning (1) Reflect differences between them that date back to their original physical designs, (2) Contradict the myth of Lawrence and Lowell as "urban twins," and (3) Highlight the need for stronger, place-specific green job creation policies for the state’s post-industrial “Gateway” cities. I conclude by proposing a collaborative and networked planning model that, with support from the State, might help Lawrence and Lowell to better leverage their respective assets and support a regional green economy. SPECIAL THANKS TO: MIT CoLab and MIT@Lawrence
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