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More than 100 participate in Possible Dreams

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More than 100 people participated in Possible Dreams 2014, an annual event sponsored by Team Haverhill, a civic action group. Working in small groups, participants identified steps that could be taken in the coming year to improve Haverhill. Among the ideas deemed by participants to be both important and doable: a volunteer fair showcasing local organizations and opportunities; the development of a harbor plan to connect the city’s heritage as an inland port with its plans for riverfront revitalization; the creation of a discount program for cultural attractions; and the placement of interpretive material at historical monuments and markers. Residents also called for increased effort to recruit high-tech manufacturers to Haverhill, and for heightened focus in the public schools on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The presence of University of Massachusetts Lowell in the city was seen as a major resource for that focus, and student internships were suggested as a strategy for bridging the gap between the classroom lessons and employment. Further work is needed, participants said, on the condition and reputation of Haverhill’s public schools if the city is to retain young residents and attract high-tech companies.

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