Westborough: Transportation summit asks how to improve public transit

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By Brad Avery | Wicked Local Framingham  An economic development group Tuesday kicked around ideas on how cities and towns can collaborate on improving public transportation in central Massachusetts and Greater Boston. Comprised of economic development professionals from the region and the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the group Boroughs+ is focused on solving the “Last Mile” problem – […]

Business, Community, and Education Leaders Announce Alliance For Vocational Technical Education

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By Susan Petroni | Patch Staff Business, community, and education leaders from across Massachusetts today announced the formation of the Alliance for Vocational and Technical Education (AVTV), a new broad-based coalition of employers, community-based organizations, educators, and experts that have come together to advocate for high-quality Career and Vocational Technical Education in Massachusetts. In his State […]

Gov. Baker looking to bolster voc-tech schools in budget, jobs bill

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By Andy Metzger | State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker proposed an additional $83.5 million for vocational education Friday, including a $75 million five-year capital program in a jobs bill set to be filed next week and an additional $8.5 million in his annual budget. Both of Baker’s initiatives would need to pass through the […]

The Critical Importance of Vocational Education in the Commonwealth

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Report Summary: Our six surveys of career/vocational technical education stakeholders are in striking harmony with one another, with only minor clashes of perception. On the whole, all are impressed by the quality of the Commonwealth’s CVTE schools’ and programs’ curricula, rigor, and student achievement. As evidenced by current students’ post-high school plans and alumni activities, they are turning out young adults who […]

The next act: As the line blurs between industrial and technology companies, Boston is a natural draw for companies like General Electric

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By Jay Fitzgerald and Deirdre Fernandes | Globe staff After a long erosion of its industrial base, Massachusetts last week landed one of the world’s biggest industrial companies. The decision of General Electric Co. to move its headquarters to Boston highlights how the local economy has come full circle, through decades of invention and reinvention, to be […]

State job growth is best since dot-com era, but apt to slow

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By Deirdre Fernandes  | Globe staff Massachusetts just enjoyed the best annual run in job growth since the end of the dot-com boom 15 years ago, but economists say it’s unlikely to continue this year. The state added an estimated 7,100 jobs in December, pushing employment growth for all of 2015 to nearly 74,000 jobs, the […]

State, national economies due to keep growing

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By Deirdre Fernandes Welcome to 2016: like last year, or maybe, a tad better. The US and Massachusetts economies are on track to repeat their 2015 performance, with wages growing, consumer spending increasing, and unemployment ticking down this year, economists predicted. “We will see a slightly better economy in 2016,’’ said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist […]

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