Marlborough: City awarded $5K Community Compact grant

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By Jeff Malachowski | MetroWest Daily News Through the state’s Community Compact program, the city recently received a $5,000 grant to work with the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy to evaluate Marlborough’s economic competitiveness. Established by the Baker/Polito administration, the Community Compact program is a statewide initiative enabling communities to implement best practices […]

Boston’s centric boom hurts those caught in the middle

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By Drake Pena | Boston Agent Magazine In many parts of Beantown, real estate is booming. Despite that, many of Boston’s middle-class residents are finding it harder and harder to seek out affordable places to live, according to a recent Boston Globe article. “Nobody has figured out how to build housing the middle class can afford,” said […]

MassBenchmarks: Bay State experiencing ‘good economic fortunes’

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By PBN staff Massachusetts, according to the latest economic report by MassBenchmarks, is “experiencing good economic fortunes in an environment characterized by worrisome global conditions.” The report pointed to slow economic growth in China and resulting negative impacts in countries that export commodities to that country. “Global debt issues further cloud prospects for the future. […]

Economists: Paid leave proposal would expand access for Mass. workers

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A proposed statewide program to provide paid leave for medical and family caregiving would cover 3.1 million Massachusetts workers and level the playing field for women, minorities, and low-income workers, at an average cost of only $3 a week per each covered employee, according to a new analysis by economists from Northeastern University and the […]

Littleton’s economic development has strengths and weaknesses

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By Alexander Silva | Wicked Local Littleton Littleton is in a good position for economic development, according to Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. “I have not seen another community having more going for it positively than Littleton,” Bluestone said. Bluestone presented Littleton’s Economic Development Self Assessment Tool report to […]

Economic-development Analyst: There’s lots to like about Littleton

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By Melissa Hanson | Lowell Sun While the town has a list of areas it could improve to increase economic development — like the lack of sewer in the town center and a permitting process that can be time consuming — it is already doing better than other state municipalities in economic development, according to an […]

Housing boom isn’t hitting Boston suburbs

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By Tim Logan | Globe Staff These are boom times for building in Greater Boston. But really only in parts of it. The epic surge in housing construction that is reshaping Boston and some of its immediate neighbors is largely bypassing many suburbs and the smaller cities that ring the region. And that, industry specialists […]

The Rent Is Too Damn High

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In honor of the launch of WGBH’s series on housing in Massachusetts, Block By Block, Boston Public Radio took a look at home ownership in our state. As housing costs surge and the economic landscape changes, how will the working and middle class keep up? GUESTS: Barry Bluestone Expert on housing, economic development and public […]

Mayor stresses need for ‘sense of urgency’ to face challenges in Braintree

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By Robert Aicardi | Wicked Local Braintree Those who attended the ninth annual business community breakfast hosted by the Braintree Chamber of Commerce, which launched in January 2013 under the umbrella of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, received food for thought along with food provided by Fasano’s Catering. “As someone once said, I would rather […]

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