BOSTON—Chief officials with the City of Boston were joined byrepresentatives of five nearby cities on Wednesday to announce theformation of a compact charged with addressing regional problemsthat affect economic development and business growth.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was joined by mayors and city managersfrom Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy and Somerville toannounce the launch of the Greater Boston Regional EconomicCompact. The new group is one of several regional alliances Bostonhas helped form under the Walsh Administration that has alsoaddressed the Life Science sector in the Greater Boston area aswell as climate change.

Mayor Walsh said of the compact's formation, "In order tosucceed it is important that we first recognize that some of ourgreatest obstacles are not contained within city lines and thatregional challenges require regional solutions. I look forward toworking together with our surrounding partners to overcomeobstacles and grow together across sectors and across borders."

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John Jordan

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