News and Notes

Perfect AAA Boston Ratings

Boston has maintained its perfect AAA bond ratings, signed by Moody’s Investor and SAP Global Ratings.

The City has kept its ratings from both agencies since 2014, five years.

“In Boston we’re committed to building a better future for all, and creating opportunities throughout our City,” Mayor Martin Walsh said. “These bond ratings will allow us to continue building our strong financial foundation.”

City Scholarship Applications Available

Applications are currently available for the 2019 City of Boston Scholarships for Boston residents.

Candidates that graduated from high school or have completed G.E.D. programming by the time the awards are made are eligible.

“The City of Boston Scholarship Fund help students achieve their dream of attending college and I’m proud that through this program, we’re able to give our residents the support they need,” Mayor Martin Walsh said.

Deadline for applying is Friday, April 12. Visit

First Graduating Class of City Academy

The first graduating class of the City Academy, a training pipeline for Boston residents to access quality careers, was held at Faneuil Hall this past February.

The graduation honored 26 trainees who have either completed an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) pre-apprenticeship or obtained their Commercial Driver License (CDL) and/or hoisting credentials.

The Academy will now transition to job placement services for the 26 graduates.

City Taking Census

The City of Boston Election Department has launched its annual resident census to record individuals age 17 and older who live in the City, with mailers going out to households across Boston.

Census help the City distribute resources evenly, help voters keep an active voter status, allow residents to have access to a fair jury and maintain an accurate voter list.

“Boston’s annual census is an important tool to make sure we are reaching everyone across our City and ensuring we continue to provide the resources our residents need,” Mayor Martin Walsh said.

Details online at

Proposals Available for Community Gardens

Request for Proposals (RFP) are now available from the City of Boston Grassroots program which supports the development of community gardens.

Winning proposals must demonstrate how it will improve neighborhood open space opportunities, or support urban agriculture designed to increase the availability of fresh food in Boston’s neighborhoods.

Proposals for this round must be submitted to the Department of Neighborhood Development no later than 4 PM on Monday, April 1.

City Opens SuccessLink

The opening of SuccessLink, the City of Boston’s online tool that enables Boston youth to register a four summer jobs has been announced by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

Boston teens between the ages of 15-18 can apply on the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment (YEE) website at

Mayor Announces 2 Appointments

Mayor Martin Walsh has appointed Stefanie Costa Leabo as Boston’s Chief Data Officer and Gregory McCarthy as the City’s first ever Chief Information Security Officer.

Both will work to strengthen the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology.

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