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1 p.m. Early Education & Childcare for Strong Communities

Communities throughout Cape Cod and the Islands have long contended with underlying challenges related to the provision of quality, affordable childcare and early education services. While these challenges have immediate effects within the childcare and early education industries, they also threaten the region’s economy and the economic status of women, children, and families. This session will feature a summary of the recent early education and childcare needs assessment, as well as provide local examples of action to improve access to quality, affordable options.   

  • Chad d’Entremont | Executive Director, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy
  • Sophie Zamarripa | Senior Associate, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy
  • Corinne Thomas | Researcher, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy
  • Jacqueline Beebe | Town Administrator, Town of Eastham
  • Noelle Pina | Chief of Staff, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
  • Kathy Blackwell | Southeast Chapter Coordinator, Common Start Coalition

Room: Pavilion

1 p.m. Designing Solutions for Cape Cod’s Low Lying Roads

The Cape Cod Commission and Woods Hole Group are working with 10 Cape communities to identify roadways vulnerable to flooding and identify possible solutions. This session will review the project methods, findings, and progress to date, and discuss potential solutions for threatened road segments.

  • Heather McElroy | Natural Resources Program Manager, Cape Cod Commission
  • Joe Famely | Climate and Sustainability Team Lead, Woods Hole Group
  • Timothy Lydon | Engineering Technician II, Town of Bourne
  • Colleen Medeiros | Transportation Program Manager, Cape Cod Commission

Room: Cape Villa 1

1 p.m. Informing a Regional Approach to Digital Equity

What is digital equity? How have concerns changed through the pandemic, what’s coming next from the state and federal government, and how are different communities addressing and moving forward on the topic? Join this interactive session for an overview of digital equity issues from top to bottom and work collaboratively to begin informing a regional approach to digital equity.

  • Steven Tupper | Deputy Director, Cape Cod Commission – CCC Intro
  • Josh Eichen | Program Manager, Massachusetts Broadband Institute

Room: Cape Villa 2

2:30 p.m. Improving Cape Cod’s Water Quality with Wastewater Financing and Policy

Degradation of coastal water quality is one of the most pressing environmental and economic challenges facing Cape Cod. Cape Cod’s estuaries are impacted by excess nitrogen, primarily from the region’s heavy reliance on on-site septic systems to treat wastewater. This session will include an update on the subsidies provided to critical wastewater and water quality projects through the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund and a discussion of the Commonwealth’s proposed regulatory framework to ensure timely action to improve water quality.

  • Erin Perry | Deputy Director, Cape Cod Commission
  • Gary Moran | Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Climate Resilience, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Room: Pavilion

2:30 Digital Information and Engagement

Making complex data and information more easily accessible and fostering community engagement are keys to successful planning processes. This session will feature web-based tools, launched during the pandemic, that aim to engage the broader community with data that supports decision making processes and allows for informed stakeholder feedback.

  • Chloe Schaefer | Chief Planner, Cape Cod Commission
  • Dave Nolan | Senior Transportation Planner, Cape Cod Commission
  • Colleen Medeiros | Transportation Program Manager, Cape Cod Commission

Room: Cape Villa 1

2:30 p.m. Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative Roundtable

Join members of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative for an interactive roundtable discussion to learn about the Collaborative’s initiatives, upcoming Net Zero 2022 conference, and opportunities for engagement.

Room: Pavilion Patio

2:30 Cape Cod Ponds Network Meeting

The Cape Cod Ponds Network is a forum for pond stewards and stewardship organizations on Cape Cod, coordinated by the Cape Cod Commission and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. Initiated in June 2022, the Network’s second meeting will take place at the OneCape Summit as an opportunity for pond-minded residents and staff to interact in person and continue to explore resource sharing, research, and enrichment opportunities.

  • Tim Pasakarnis | Water Resources Analyst, Cape Cod Commission
  • Kathleen Mason | Water Resources Analyst, Cape Cod Commission
  • Elizabeth Herron | Program Director, University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch
  • Judith Bruce | Board of Directors, Orleans Pond Coalition
  • Andrew Gottlieb | Executive Director, Association to Preserve Cape Cod

Room: Cape Villa 3