IAmA Alex Morse, 25-year-old second term Mayor of Holyoke, Mass. AMA!
Hi, I’m the Mayor of Holyoke, MA, a city with just over 40,000 people. I’m the youngest mayor in Holyoke’s history and the second youngest in Massachusetts’ history. I’m the first openly gay mayor of the city, bilingual, and began my campaign during my senior year at Brown University.
Holyoke was the first planned industrial city in the US. We even had the most millionaires per capita in the country during the early 1900s. We were hit hard when the American economy moved from industrial production to service sectors. Since then we’ve been building our technology sector and expanding the creative economy.
We have some of the lowest electric rates in the state because we produce our own hydroelectric and solar power. We also have a fiber optic network with speeds up to 1 Gbps. We have numerous open mill buildings and are actively looking for businesses to work with in economic development. A medical marijuana dispensary is in the works, for which we are seeking proposals.
Curious about the future of the American industrial city in the 21st century? Want to learn more about how to work with your city government on a startup? Looking to change your city and get involved but not sure how? Ask me anything!
EDIT: 3:40pm - Thank you everyone for joining me this afternoon, I had a great time and looking forward to doing it again some other time. Have a great weekend!