Strolling down Massachusetts’ Main Streets now looks very different than it did a year ago. Foot traffic is down. Online shopping and curbside pickup have largely replaced local, in-person experiences. And all across the state, small businesses that once breathed life and vitality into our communities — some of them for decades — are shuttering their storefronts for good.
The events of the past year have been historic, particularly for Black Americans. We’ve celebrated the election of our country’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president, but we’ve also been harshly reminded that in the pursuit for racial equity and justice, there is still a steep hill we must climb.
Thank you to North Shore Alliance for hosting ECCF’s COO and VP for Community Leadership, Stratton Lloyd, on its weekly show, North Shore Conversations, to talk about the Blue Economy.
Thank you to the Riveting Broads podcast for hosting Karen Ristuben from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative for an open and honest talk about the power of arts, culture and creativity in today’s world. Click HERE to listen to the podcast.
By Beth Francis In her quarterly Giving Back column in North of Boston Business Magazine, Essex County Community Foundation President and CEO, Beth Francis, discusses small business resiliency in a post-gas explosion time. Read Joined by Tragedy, United in Survival,...
In her "Giving Back" column in the Spring 2019 edition of North of Boston Business magazine, Beth Francis, ECCF's President and CEO, discusses ECCF's systems approach to tackling income inequality in Essex County. Read the column in its entirety in the latest edition...
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