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Lawrence Partnership’s 2018 Annual Meeting!
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Congresswoman Niki Tsongas was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a 2007 special election, becoming the first woman in twenty-five years to serve in Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She represents the Massachusetts Third District, holding the same seat that was held three decades earlier by her late husband, former Congressman, Senator and presidential candidate Paul Tsongas. The Third District spans across portions of Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.
The Third District has a proud tradition of military service, and Congresswoman Tsongas honors that tradition, as well as the military family she grew up in, by serving as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. In this role, she has championed the fight to combat and prevent sexual assault in the military; authored numerous pieces of legislation that provide modern, cutting-edge resources, to our servicemembers; and worked to support veterans transitioning to civilian life. She has also led the push for modernized body armor and is working to support the unparalleled innovation taking place at Massachusetts military installations. In 2017, she was elected by her peers to serve as the Ranking Member of the largest subcommittee, the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.
Congresswoman Tsongas also serves as a senior member of the Natural Resources Committee. In addition, she has made supporting small businesses a priority and encouraging the growth of the state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology companies that have become a trademark of the region.
The Congresswoman has made accessibility a hallmark of her Congressional office. With offices in Lowell, Lawrence and Fitchburg, and office hours in Haverhill and Marlborough, she has worked to make it as easy as possible for residents to connect with her about any issue of concern to them or to get assistance with problems they may have when dealing with federal agencies.
Join us at our Annual Meeting as we’ll reveal the 4 finalists for the Revolving Test Kitchen (RTK). Try out delicious samples of their food and cast your vote for the Fan Favorite. One of the 4 finalists will move on to become the next resident of the RTK after completing the final phase of the selection process.
Participants in the RTK have the opportunity to trial their business model, build their capacity, understand their market, and prepare to grow into a permanent location. The program is designed to provide access to free space in prominent café in downtown Lawrence with a high end build out and ample space for storage, prep, and customer space. Beyond free rent, participants receive technical assistance from a number of area partners and personal mentoring from food entrepreneur Sal Lupoli.
Take advantage of our "Why Lawrence?" selfie-booth to give your answer to the question of Why Lawrence?
Mini whiteboards and markers will be provided for you to write-in your answer and snap a photo!
Also at the Annual Meeting, we will be previewing and revealing the next Why Lawrence? video subject!
Delish is a bakery and cafe established by two young entrepreneurs: Deyanira García and Elizabeth Bautista united with the same ideals and desire to excel. They’re available for all your bakery needs, and at the same time they offer delicious desserts, coffee, sandwiches, trays, personalized arrangements, and catering.
They are a true example of what resilience and hard work are all about in our community, as they were affected by the recent gas emergencies just a few months after launching their business last Summer. They are ready to reopen their doors thanks to broader recovery efforts and resources made available to small businesses like them. Thank you Delish for being one of our preferred caterers and provide us with your delicious pastries!
CocoRay's is a Puerto Rican / Mexican fusion restaurant with the "best tacos in town"! Led by Raymond Gonzalez, CocoRay's started out as a big red food truck that would travel throughout the city and is how Ray first captured many community members' hearts. CocoRay's was the first resident in the RTK and our most recent graduate! Now located on Parker Street, the restaurant has set up a permanent brick'n'motar location and extended the menu to include smoothies, more Boriquen dishes, and much more!
During the Gas Emergency, CocoRay's was forced to close as service was cut to their location for safety purposes. Fortunately, service was restored within a few days, just in time for CocoRay's to come back in style with discounts for those who were affected in South and free meals to those who were in the shelters.