Public Matters: A Program in Civic Engagement is a leadership initiative of The Lowell Plan conducted in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park. The mission of Public Matters is to foster and enhance the knowledge and skills of leaders in Lowell, Mass. We invite qualified individuals to become members in a rigorous and challenging program in civic engagement. Throughout this program, members will learn how to contribute more effectively to a diverse and mutually supportive community. Our goal is to ensure that the Lowell of tomorrow will be served by inspired stewards of our history, natural resources, social and cultural capital and economic and government institution.
For generations, Lowell has produced committed individuals who have assumed leadership roles in shaping our city. Central to Public Matters is an acknowledgement of the important role played by those past and current leaders, along with an equal awareness that the future of Lowell depends on a new generation. Successful public/private institutional partnerships have been the cornerstone of Lowell’s success, and partnerships require leaders. Public Matters fosters inventiveness and creativity to ensure that Lowell’s tradition of meeting the challenges posed by contemporary society will continue.