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(NECN: Katie Daly, Worcester, Mass.) - Gateway city mayors from Across Massachusetts headed to Beacon Hill today. They're working together to try and boost economic growth in their cities, including Worcester. Worcester's city manager Michael O’Brien joined other city leaders at the State House Wednesday. They gathered to ask lawmakers to pass a bill that they say is essential for economic development. The bill establishes tax incentive programs and economic development policies in 11 cities. These municipalities which include cities like Worcester, Lowell and Springfield are called “gateway” cities under the legislation. Gateway meaning that they are manufacturing cities that have the potential for economic revitalization but often face obstacles. The bill would give employers in gateway cities tax credits for creating new jobs. It would also establish a housing credit in the cities and would allow them to rebuild historical sites and buildings New Bedford State Representative Antonio Cabral is sponsoring the legislation. He says supporting gateway cities will benefit the entire state. In Worcester, City Councilor Phil Palmieri believes that the city will benefit most from the historic rehabilitation tax credit.