Mass. economy outpaces US in first quarter growth

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Massachusetts’ economy grew at a good clip in the first three months of the year, even as economic growth nationally nearly ground to halt, according to state and federal economic reports released Wednesday.

The state’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between January and March, according to the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The national economy barely grew at all during that period, expanding at a rate of 0.1 percent after growing 2.6 percent at the end of last year, the US Commerce Department reported.

Governing – How Zambian Cities Are Like American Suburbs

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Stephanie Pollack says “someone else’s car” as a mode of transportation is not recognized by U.S. transportation planners. Informal systems such as these need to be recognized as they have implications both here and abroad.

SouthCoast TODAY – New Bedford area’s unemployment drops in March

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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

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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.

The Daily Item – Crabtree: Saugus to work on fixing weaknesses in wake of presentation – 3/21/13

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Barry Bluestone concluded that Saugus needs to streamline permit processing and to attract young taxpayers with transit and housing if the town wants to be competitive.

Wicked Local – Assisted living complex coming to Easton – 3/20/14

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The town’s first assisted living complex will be ready to welcome its first residents in the fall of 2015.

Banker & Tradesman – MBHP Honors Property Owners At Annual Event – 3/14/14

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Barry Bluestone told the crowd at a recent MBHP event that Boston needs more affordable housing units for low- and moderate-income families.

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