Arts and Creative Economy Highlight Lt. Governor Candidate Lake’s Tour of Easthampton

(Easthampton, MA- December 17, 2013): Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Mike Lake, a Clinton White House appointee and President and CEO of Leading Cities, visited Easthampton on Saturday, December 14th to tour the downtown business areas of Easthampton with Mayor Mike Tautznik including the nationally recognized Cultural District on Cottage Street.

Lake began his visit by meeting Mayor Tautznik at the Tandem Bagel Company located in a historic train depot on the edge of the Manhan Rail line. Together, they toured Eastworks, a 500,000 square foot converted mill that is now operating as a mixed-use building serving offices and residents. Their tour ended at Riverside Industries, a non-profit organization that provides individualized services combining life skills development, rehabilitation and employment options, including a small manufacturing business, for more than 260 adults living with development disabilities from 33 towns in the tri-county region. Lake and Mayor Tautznik met with Riverside President Charlene Gentes provided a tour of the facilities and a visit to the open studios located on the site.

“From the creative redevelopment of mill buildings like Eastworks to Riverside Industries’ magnet for creative businesses like Ugone & Thomas Company, Mayor Tautznik and other community leaders have harnessed the power of arts and culture to create a renaissance in Easthampton of which our state should continue to be both supportive and proud,” says Lake. Mayor Tautznik added, ““It’s important to have an administration that works cooperatively with local government, one that understands the challenges facing our communities and is willing to partner with us to implement positive changes that provide real benefits to our constituents.”

Lake’s visit on Saturday followed former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis’ official endorsement of Lake on Wednesday night to a packed crowd of over hundreds at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston. The endorsement is only the second time Governor Dukakis has endorsed a candidate in a contested statewide primary election since he left office.

Lake was appointed by President Clinton as Special Assistant for White House Operations and is the President and CEO of Leading Cities, an international organization that focuses on exchanging solutions to municipal challenges and creating jobs through business development. Lake’s vision for the Lt. Governor’s office involves working to realize what he calls the Massachusetts Promise, “a promise of opportunity that comes with High-Quality Education, Job Creation, and Strong Communities.”

More info on Lake and the campaign can be found at http://www.ElectMikeLake.com.


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