SouthCoast TODAY – New Bedford area’s unemployment drops in March – 4/24/14

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Unemployment rates can be deceptive, says Barry Bluestone. According to Dukakis Center research, the most important variable correlated with job growth is the availability of development sites.

Wicked Local Dedham: East Dedham arts district would help revitalize the area, study says – 4/23/14

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A group of Policy School graduate students, along with Director Barry Bluestone, presented a plan that aims to help East Dedham thrive economically to officials at a recent Planning Board meeting.

Daily Times Chronicle: Town to hold community meeting on economic development – 4/23/14

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Director Barry Bluestone will host an economic development session in Reading to help the community utilize the Dukakis Center’s new Economic Development Self-Assessment Toolkit.

Mass. employment hits all-time high – 4/17/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews says Massachusetts’ job growth is on a steady trend that’s likely to continue.

Siemens offers $660 million to help narrow skills gap – 4/16/14

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An aging manufacturing sector workforce will open up 100,000 jobs in the next decade, says Barry Bluestone. Jobs that may not be filled if more students aren’t trained for them.

Boston’s parking solution is not more parking – 4/15/14

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Associate Director Stephanie Pollack tells Paul McMorrow that Dukakis Center data shows heavy drivers live in homes that provide parking and those who use transit tend to avoid homes with parking.

The Boston Globe – This spring, there’s more than a hint of optimism in the air – 4/7/2014

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Is this the year the US economy finally takes off? Despite a slow start in 2014, many economists say, “Yes.”

The MetroWest Daily News – Ballot question could halt tax – 4/5/2014

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Stephanie Pollack told the Daily News that Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states that are indexing gas taxes to inflation.

Stephanie Pollack named to Mayor Walsh’s climate action plan steering committee

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On April 4, 2014, Mayor Walsh announced the creation of the 2014 Climate Action Plan Steering Committee, which will help guide the update of Boston’s Climate Action Plan.

Wicked Local – Report: Saugus lagging in permit process, traffic – 3/28/14

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A slow, unwieldy permitting process, congested traffic and an unattractive business environment are all holding Saugus back from growth, according to a Northeastern University study.

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