Virtual Futures Panel: Challenges & Opportunities for Lexington

The 20/20 Vision Committee held a panel on April 2, 2020 with thought provoking speakers and topics as they hosted  “Futures Panel: Challenges & Opportunities for Lexington”.  The evening marked a milestone in the first 20 years of Lexington’s long-range planning process and sought to engage the community in shaping a vision of our town’s future.

The panelists peered into the future, highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing the regional economy, the evolving expectations for public education, and opportunities for using data and technology in planning and delivery of town services.

The video of the presentation has been uploaded to YouTube.

Panelists and Moderator:

Narim Behravesh, PhDNariman Behravesh, PhD, Chief Economist, IHS Markit
Economic Trends Affecting Lexington’s Future

The US economic recovery is likely to continue for another year or two. In this environment, income growth and house price increases in Lexington will remain above average. In the coming decade, educational attainment and the Asian share of Lexington’s population will also continue to rise. Housing affordability and education funding will persist as top challenges for the town.


Dr. Julie HackettJulie Hackett, EdD, Superintendent, Lexington Public Schools
Emerging Education and Technology Trends

Dr. Hackett will discuss emerging educational technology trends and innovative learning practices that will prepare all LPS students to be "future ready" and achieve the district's new mission of "Joy in learning, curiosity in life, and compassion in all we do." 

Daniel O'Brien, PhDDaniel O’Brien, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director, Boston Area Research Initiative
Smart Cities -- and Towns -- of Tomorrow

Professor O’Brien will describe how data and technology are advancing city planning and services in metropolises like Boston, and how suburbs and towns—like Lexington and its neighbors—can leverage the same opportunities in their own work.

Jay KaufmanJay Kaufman, Beacon Leadership Collaborative; former State Representative for Lexington





Please contact the Lexington 20/20 Vision Committee at: for more information or, reach out to any of the Committee and event working group members: Margaret Coppe, Carroll Ann Bottino, Andrew Dixon, Peter Enrich, Bhumip Khasnabish, Dan Krupka, Katharine Labrecque, Peter Lee, Kathleen Lenihan, Mark Manasas, Joe Pato, Bob Peters, Fernando Quezada, Nancy Ronchetti, Alan A. Wrigley