The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston will host a conference focusing on the future of small industrial cities in New England. The forum will tackle the economic, fiscal, and political challenges and opportunities facing the region’s former industrial centers. Regional and national leaders have been invited to share practical examples of collaboration and leadership in the cities. Participants will explore why the cities are important to the New England economy, how they should be positioned to attract capital, and how the business community can support revitalization efforts. Four panels will feature civic leaders from across the region, including the cities of Hartford, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and Worcester. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday at Clark University in Worcester.