Thank you for attending our
THANK YOU for making 2019 and our 6th Annual Meeting successful
12/18/2019 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
IndusPad, 46 Stafford Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
Despite mother nature's best intentions to intervene, hundreds of local, regional and state-wide leaders eluded multiple bouts of snow to celebrate continued momentum in Lawrence and our commitment to an inclusive economic development strategy at the Partnership's Annual Meeting. We honored long-time partner and inspiring business leader Bob Rivers, tasted some incredible flavors of Lawrence, and engaged in a panel discussion about economic development strategies that benefit local residents and businesses. The event played host to some exciting announcements about initiatives coming up in 2020 as well as the release of our recently completed strategic plan.
The Annual Meeting had some exciting reveals for the coming year, including:
Expansion of the Revolving Test Kitchen to include a shared commercial kitchen servicing dozens of more businesses a year
Continuation of the Lawrence LEADS programming, with a new cohort of high impact leaders
Growth of the Advisory Council to be a more active and inclusive group re-branded as 'The Partnership Network'
David Tibbetts Economic Impact Award
Robert F. Rivers
Chair and CEO, Eastern Bank
A 37-year community banker who started his career as a teller, Bob is Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank and the largest independent community bank headquartered in Massachusetts with $11 billion in assets and over 120 locations. He is also Chair of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and The Dimock Center.
Bob is involved extensively in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Jobs for Mass, and The Lowell Plan. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stonehill College, the Board of Corporators of Lowell General Hospital, the Advisory Boards of the Lawrence Partnership and JFK Library Foundation, and is a member of the City of Boston’s Women’s Workforce Council, in addition to providing support and guidance to numerous other non-profit organizations. Bob has been named among the Top 10 “Most Influential People in Boston” by Boston Magazine, and to the Boston Business Journal Power 50 list for the last three years.
Named after the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Bob’s passion for advocating for social justice causes and sustainability issues is the result of a personal and professional journey that began early in his life. Bob has been recognized by many organizations for his work in championing diversity and social justice, including The Boston Globe, The Partnership, Get Konnected!, Color Magazine, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), El Planeta, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, The Theater Offensive, and MassINC.