Regional economy still isn’t gathering steam

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By Dan O’Brien | The Lowell Sun | October 28, 2012 John Mattheos, owner of Salon Mattheos, has been building his brand in Lowell for 20 years. He’s seen strong economic times and weak ones. Earlier this year, Mattheos took advantage of a still-depressed real-estate market to scoop up a foreclosed property on Rogers Street, then invested […]

Manufacturing a Mass. miracle

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By Barry Bluestone and Jerry Sargent | The Boston Herald | October 27, 2012 If you follow our state’s economic news, you’ve probably heard repeatedly how our innovative technology industries — mobile applications, cloud computing, biotech, medical devices — are fueling our recovery. Indeed, these sectors are thriving. So much so that you’ve probably also heard about […]

State’s economy slows as US growth picks up

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By Megan Woolhouse | Boston.com | October 26, 2012 Massachusetts’ economic growth slowed significantly over the summer while the nation showed a modest pick-up, according to two reports released Friday. The diverging trajectories highlight the difference between the consumer-driven US economy and the Massachusetts economy, which is more dependent on business spending. Nationally consumer spending increased solidly while […]

Boston Herald – Manufacturing a Mass. Miracle – 10/27/12

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Barry Bluestone explains that the innovation sector is not the only industry that may be being held back by a skills gap in the labor force. Manufacturing in Massachusetts is growing but may lack a flow of qualified employees with appropriate skills for modern manufacturing. Download PDF | Boston Herald

Expert details Lynn’s strengths

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By Thor Jourgensen | The Daily Item | October 24, 2012 A consultant who has already worked with local businesses on development ideas told City Councilors the city needs to hire an “omsbudsman” to help attract potential developers. “You need someone who can work hand-in-glove with firms, who can act as sort of an omsbudsman,” […]

VIDEO: Manufacturing Leading the Economic Recovery

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By Susan Petroni | Framingham Patch | October 19, 2012 Massachusetts is expected to see 100,000 manufacturing jobs over the next decade or about 10,000 manufacturing jobs per year said Northeastern University Professor and economist Barry Bluestone at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Exec-Connect luncheon Thursday. Speaking before 70 MetroWest business and government leaders at the Sheraton Hotel, Bluestone said […]

‘If I Can Do It, You Can Do It’: Michael Dukakis on Becoming the Longest-Serving Governor in the State

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By Lauren Landry | BostInno | October 19, 2012 A political career can start as early as the third grade—just ask former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. He ran for president in Mrs. Ripley’s Brookline class, and let’s just say, that win set the stage for his entire career. How else can you explain becoming the […]

Jobs picture brightens in Bay State

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By Frank Quaratiello | The Boston Herald | October 19, 2012 The Massachusetts jobless rate rose for the third straight month in September to 6.5 percent — up from 6.3 percent in August — even as a separate survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the Bay State added 5,100 jobs. Economist David Tuerck of Suffolk […]

Economist: Colleges, voke schools need to do more job prep

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By Laura Krantz | The MetroWest Daily News | October 19, 2012 Manufacturing is flourishing in Massachusetts, economist Barry Bluestone said Thursday, but community colleges and vocational schools should do more to prepare students for jobs in those industries. The Northeastern University economist, at a business luncheon in Framingham, lectured on the results of a study he […]

Staying Power II: A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts 2012

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September 13 – The Dukakis Center released our latest report on the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts. Staying Power II is a follow-up study to our first study on the manufacturing sector conducted back in 2007. As with the first report, what our research found is that the manufacturing sector is more robust and resilient that […]

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