Select Board Association Western and Rural Massachusetts Conference

Rural Affairs Director Anne Gobi will be the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Select Board Association’s annual Rural and Western Massachusetts Conference on Saturday, April 27, in Northampton.

A former state senator representing communities in Worcester and Hampden counties, Gobi has a deep understanding of the challenges facing rural communities, as well as their unique needs. She was appointed to the newly created role by the Healey-Driscoll administration last June and works within the Executive Office of Economic Development.

Gobi will take questions following her presentation.

Following the keynote, a legislative panel focused on rural priorities will be led by Sen. Joanne Comerford, Franklin Regional Council of Governments Executive Director Linda Dunlavy, and MMA Legislative Director Dave Koffman.

The meeting agenda includes a session on creative strategies for affordable housing, featuring panelists from three regional housing organizations: Way Finders, Construct Berkshire, and Rural Development Inc.

Registration and breakfast will open at 8 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 and conclude at noon with a networking lunch.

The conference will be held at Hotel Northampton at 36 King St. in Northampton. The cost is $35.

More information, including a detailed agenda and registration link, will be available at and sent to MSA members in the coming weeks.

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