North Shore Conversations

North Shore Conversations is a weekly radio show produced by the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development and hosted by Laura Swanson. The show features regional leaders discussing issues facing and impacting the North Shore. Listeners are provided with information and insight to learn more about the region.

North Shore Conversations Featuring: Senator Joan B. Lovely

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Featured Senator Joan B. Lovely, Assistant Majority Leader, who will provide a Beacon Hill update including COVID-19 relief efforts and impacts.

Senator Lovely serves as Assistant Majority Leader; Chair of the Senate and Joint Committees on Rules; and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration. Her other assignments include membership on the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy, Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Senate and Joint Committees on Ways and Means.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring:

  •  Deanne Healey, President of Peabody Main Streets
  •  Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets
  • Gin Wallace, Executive Director of Beverly Main Streets

Saturday, October 9, 2020 featured: Deanne Healey, President of Peabody Main Streets; Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets; and Gin Wallace, Executive Director of Beverly Main Streets. Tune in and listen to how Main Streets is working during COVID-19 to build partnerships, market districts, and strengthen and improve the physical appearances of downtowns.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt of the City of Peabody

Saturday, October 3, 2020 featured Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt of the City of Peabody. Tune in and listen to how Peabody is addressing COVID-19 and the many initiatives that continue to move forward.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring President John D. Keenan, Salem State University

Saturday, September 26, 2020 featured Salem State University President John D. Keenan. Tune in and listen to an update on the University’s priorities, initiatives and fall activities.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring Mayor Michael P. Cahill, City of Beverly

Saturday, September 19, 2020 featured Mayor Michael P. Cahill of the City of Beverly. Tune in and listen to how Beverly is addressing COVID-19 and moving forward.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring President Kurt T. Steinberg of Montserrat College of Art

Saturday, September 12, 2020 featured North Shore Conversations with President Kurt T, Steinberg, Montserrat College of Art. Tune in and listen to the unique and creative ways that Montserrat College is addressing COVID-19 and providing a rich learning environment for its students.

North Shore Conversations Featuring Mayor Kimberley  Driscoll City of Salem

Saturday, September 5, 2020 featured Salem’s Mayor Kimberely Driscoll who will cover a wide range of topics including the City’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring James T. Brett, President & CEO The New England Council

Saturday, August 29, 2020 featured James T. Brett, President and Chief Executive Officer of The New England Council. The Council is a nationally respected and influential regional organization. It is an alliance of schools, hospitals, corporations, and other private organizations throughout New England, working together to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region. It identifies and supports federal policies of importance to all six states, and advocates for its membership regionally and nationally. President Brett will be discussing the Council’s priorities, programs, and economic development in the region.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring Mayor Thomas M. McGee, City of Lynn

Saturday, August 22, 2020 featured Mayor Thomas M. McGee from the City of Lynn who discuss how the City is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the many economic development projects occurring in Lynn, and his advice to our listeners about the upcoming months.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring Nate Bryant, Interim President North shore Community College

Saturday, August 8, 2020 featured Nate Bryant, Interim President of North Shore Community College who will discuss the many pathways of education that are provided to students and the impact of North Shore Community College in the region.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring Dr. David J. Roberts, MD Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital

Saturday, August 1, 2020 featured Dr. David J. Roberts, MD of Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital who will discuss the many improvements to their facilities and services and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Shore Conversations Featuring Chris Dempsey, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA)

Saturday, July 25, 2020 discussion on how T4MA focuses on improving transportation across the Commonwealth and advocates at the state, federal, and local levels for transportation policies that are innovative, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring Lawrence D. Andrews, President & CEO of Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). 

Saturday, July 18, 2020 Tune in to hear about how MGCC is helping small businesses and financial and economic development professions including COVID-19 efforts.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring members of the City of Salem’s Economic Development Recovery and Revitalization (EDRR) Task Force including:

  • Tom Daniel, Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Salem
  • John Andrews, Owner, Creative Collective
  • Elizabeth Debski, Executive Director, The Salem Partnership
  • Kate Fox, Executive Director, Destination Salem
  • Christine Madore – Salem Ward 2 Councillor
  • Laura Swanson, Executive Director, North Shore Alliance for Economic Development & Enterprise Center
  • Rinus Oosthoek, Executive Director Salem Chamber of Commerce

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North Shore Conversations Featuring Senator Brendan Crighton

July 4, 2020 will feature Senator Brendan Crighton who will provide important updates on the Senate’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic including impacts on housing, transportation and more
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North Shore Conversations Featuring Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll

June 27, 2020 will feature Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, MA who will provide important updates on the City of Salem’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic including the Economic Development Recovery and Revitalization Task Force, reopening Salem under the Commonwealth’s Phase II, the next fiscal year and school openings, and more.
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North Shore Conversations Featuring U.S. Small Business Administration Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson

June 20, 2020 will feature SBA’s Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson who will provide important updates on the Paycheck Protection Program, reopening of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and other timely information.
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North Shore Conversations Featuring Ken Riehl, Chief Executive Officer Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

June 13, 2020 will feature Ken Riehl, CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce who will share with our listeners what is happening on Cape Ann and how businesses are being supported during this challenging time.
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North Shore Conversations Featuring Mary W. Sarris, Executive Director of MassHire North Shore Workforce Board & Mark Whitmore, Executive Director MassHire North Shore. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020 will feature Mary W. Sarris, Executive Director of MassHire North Shore Workforce Board and Mark Whitmore, Executive Director MassHire North Shore. Listen to this podcast to learn updates and information about Massachusetts Unemployment Assistance, Virtual Job Fairs, WorkShare Program, and more.
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North Shore Conversations Featuring David Greenbaum, RS – City of Salem Health Agent Reopening of the Economy – Board of Health Perspective

Saturday, May 23, 2020 will feature David Greenbaum, RS – City of Salem Health Agent who will provided a Board of Health perspective on reopening the Economy.
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North Shore Conversations Featuring Anya Wilczynski, Manager of Membership & Programs Essex National Heritage Area

Saturday, May 15, 2020 will featured Anya Wilczynski of Essex National Heritage Area who will provided information how to experience the cultural, natural, and historic resources in the heritage area–even through social distancing.

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North Shore Conversations Featuring State Representative Tom Walsh

Saturday, May 9, 2020 will featured State Representative Tom Walsh who provided insight and information about his work in the Legislature and efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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North Shore Conversations Podcast Featuring Kate Fox, Executive Director, Destination Salem

Saturday, May 2, 2020 will feature Kate Fox, the Executive Director of Destination Salem who will provide insight into the tourism industry and impacts of COVID-19.

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North Shore Conversations Podcast Featuring Senator Joan B. Lovely Assistant Majority Leader Massachusetts State Senate

Saturday, April 25, 2020 we featured Senator Joan B. Lovely, Assistant Majority Leader, who provided a COVID-19 update and discussed the work in the Senate to address this crisis.

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North Shore Conversations Podcast Featuring ECCF’s Stratton Lloyd, COO and Vice President for Community Leadership, and Karen Ristuben, Program Director.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 featured ECCF’s Stratton Lloyd, COO and Vice President for Community Leadership, and Karen Ristuben, Program Director. Learn about the Creative County Initiative — a partnership with the Barr Foundation and many other arts funders across Essex County. This effort, over a 5-year period, will invest more than $2 Million in the arts, culture and creative sector. Listen to what ECCF is doing in response to the COVID-19 challenge.

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North Shore Conversations Podcast Featuring Senior HR Business Partner at OneDigital/Insight Performance

Saturday, April 11, 2020 featured Erin Stewart, Senior HR Business Partner at OneDigital/Insight Performance. Listen to this podcast to learn about HR Challenges During COVID-19

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North Shore Conversations Podcast Featuring Massachusetts Unemployment Assistance and COVID-19

Saturday, April 4, 2020 featured Mary W. Sarris, Executive Director of MassHire North Shore Workforce Board and Mark Whitmore, Executive Director MassHire North Shore. Listen to this podcast to learn about Massachusetts Unemployment Assistance and COVID-19.

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North Shore Conversations Podcast Featuring COVID-19 Community Updates with Mayors: Kim Driscoll, Michael Cahill, Thomas McGee, & Edward Bettencourt

Saturday, March 28, 2020 featured four prominent Mayors discussing their efforts and resources as they address Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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North Shore Conversations Podcast Featuring: SBA MA District Director Bob Nelson of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Saturday, March 21, 2020 featured SBA’s Massachusetts District Director Bob Nelson discussing the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) now available statewide. Please listen to this podcast to learn more about this important loan program.

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