New threads invigorate Mass. textile industry


By Steve Maas, Globe Correspondent At a New Bedford factory, 800 union workers, assisted by technology unheard of two decades ago, produce 1,300 designer suits a day. In Shirley, a 100-year-old company is pioneering bonding techniques to make clothing without needle and thread. In a Jamaica Plain kitchen, a former nonprofit administrator dyes yarns in […]

MassWorks Assistance Can Help Boost Housing Supply


By Susan Gittelman While the state’s MassWorks program is best known as an important catalyst for job creation, Susan highlights the significant role that it has come to play in the production of housing in our state. Read Susan’s OpEd in Banker & Tradesman this week: Click here to get the PDF.

Boston ranked No.1 city empty nesters will flock to in 2016


By Megan Turchi, staff In a new ranking, named Boston as the city people aged 65 to 74 will most likely want to live in 2016. The home-buying site said this age demographic, most likely to be full of empty nesters, is expected to make up the third largest segment of homebuyers in […]

Tyngsboro told to market itself


By Amelia Pak-Harvey, Lowell Sun Tyngsboro will need to improve its marketing skills and speed up its permit-review process to boost economic development, according to a recent study by the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Yet in other areas, the town enjoys certain strengths that could attract businesses — including its proximity […]

A Glance at the Commonwealth’s Economy and the Region’s Housing Challenge

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On November 19, 2015, Director Barry Bluestone presented at the NAIOP Breakfast Forum about Massachusetts economy and housing trends. Download Presentation (PDF) 

Meeting the Commonwealth’s Workforce Needs: Occupational Projections and Vocational Education

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On November 19, 2015, Director Barry Bluestone presented at the Mass Business Roundtable about workforce development. Download Presentation (PDF)

For The First Time, Greater Boston Condo Prices Equal Single-Family Homes


By Jim Morrison  For the first time in the region’s history, the median sale price of a single condo unit in Greater Boston is virtually equal to the median sale price of a single-family home. “It tells a mammoth story about the change in demand of the type of housing people are seeking,” said Barry […]

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