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June 29, 2023
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM



280 Merrimack Street, Entrance M, 6th floor

Lawrence, MA 01843


This year we are honored to award Dan Rivera, President & CEO of MassDevelopment and former Mayor of the City of Lawrence, with the David Tibbetts Economic Impact Award.


This award recognizes leaders who have successfully promoted and implemented innovative economic development strategies. These leaders have:

  • Persevered over time to fully develop and implement successful strategies.

  • Rallied various constituencies to the cause, including policy makers, business leaders and community advocates.

  • Committed to inclusive economic development strategies that prioritize shared prosperity for all.

Additionally, we will have a conversation about

The Vital Role of Mentors in Growing Lawrence Leaders

The Lawrence Partnership has the pleasure to introduce our Moderator, Phyllis Barajas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conexión.

Our panelists are:

  • Elizabeth Baez Roberts, Real Estate Attorney at Baez Law Group

  • Lesly Melendez, Executive Director at Groundwork Lawrence

  • Dan Rivera, President & CEO of MassDevelopment, and former Mayor of the City of Lawrence.

  • Jose Cruz, Senior Vice President and Commercial Team Leader at Reading Cooperative Bank

We are also excited to announce the most delicious part of our event. This year we will be highlighting the


Our newly renovated and completely re-imagined Revolving Test Kitchen (RTK) is a shared culinary workspace in Lawrence. It is also a springboard for aspiring, local food service entrepreneurs to launch their dreams with the support of experts in food and business. 

 The RTK members catering our event are:

Stay tuned for more announcements as the date approaches. We look forward to seeing you at our signature event!

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