Foot-dragging hurts Framingham’s competitiveness, expert says


By Danielle Ameden | The MetroWest Daily News | November 14, 2012 The town has many competitive advantages, but it must deal with several “deal breakers” for economic development, a consultant told selectmen Tuesday. Presenting the results of a municipal self-assessment tool, Northeastern University researcher Barry Bluestone said Framingham is far behind comparable communities when […]

Massachusetts unemployment rate rises to 6.6 percent in October, up from 6.5 percent in September


By Megan Woolhouse | | November 15, 2012 Massachusetts’ employers added 7,900 jobs while the unemployment rate ticked higher for the fourth straight month to 6.6 percent in October, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. While the state added jobs, it did not add enough to absorb the number […]

Commentary: Massachusetts manufacturers making a comeback from recession


By Rick Lord | The Republican | November 12, 2012 Manufacturers are reconsidering their supply chain strategies due to higher labor costs in developing countries, energy costs, political stability issues, and time-to-market concerns. Some companies, including auto parts and electrical equipment manufacturers, have already moved operations back to the U.S. from overseas plants. Here in […]

Regional economy still isn’t gathering steam


By Dan O’Brien | The Lowell Sun | October 28, 2012 John Mattheos, owner of Salon Mattheos, has been building his brand in Lowell for 20 years. He’s seen strong economic times and weak ones. Earlier this year, Mattheos took advantage of a still-depressed real-estate market to scoop up a foreclosed property on Rogers Street, then invested […]

Manufacturing a Mass. miracle


By Barry Bluestone and Jerry Sargent | The Boston Herald | October 27, 2012 If you follow our state’s economic news, you’ve probably heard repeatedly how our innovative technology industries — mobile applications, cloud computing, biotech, medical devices — are fueling our recovery. Indeed, these sectors are thriving. So much so that you’ve probably also heard about […]

State’s economy slows as US growth picks up


By Megan Woolhouse | | October 26, 2012 Massachusetts’ economic growth slowed significantly over the summer while the nation showed a modest pick-up, according to two reports released Friday. The diverging trajectories highlight the difference between the consumer-driven US economy and the Massachusetts economy, which is more dependent on business spending. Nationally consumer spending increased solidly while […]

Expert details Lynn’s strengths


By Thor Jourgensen | The Daily Item | October 24, 2012 A consultant who has already worked with local businesses on development ideas told City Councilors the city needs to hire an “omsbudsman” to help attract potential developers. “You need someone who can work hand-in-glove with firms, who can act as sort of an omsbudsman,” […]

VIDEO: Manufacturing Leading the Economic Recovery


By Susan Petroni | Framingham Patch | October 19, 2012 Massachusetts is expected to see 100,000 manufacturing jobs over the next decade or about 10,000 manufacturing jobs per year said Northeastern University Professor and economist Barry Bluestone at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Exec-Connect luncheon Thursday. Speaking before 70 MetroWest business and government leaders at the Sheraton Hotel, Bluestone said […]

‘If I Can Do It, You Can Do It’: Michael Dukakis on Becoming the Longest-Serving Governor in the State


By Lauren Landry | BostInno | October 19, 2012 A political career can start as early as the third grade—just ask former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. He ran for president in Mrs. Ripley’s Brookline class, and let’s just say, that win set the stage for his entire career. How else can you explain becoming the […]

Jobs picture brightens in Bay State


By Frank Quaratiello | The Boston Herald | October 19, 2012 The Massachusetts jobless rate rose for the third straight month in September to 6.5 percent — up from 6.3 percent in August — even as a separate survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the Bay State added 5,100 jobs. Economist David Tuerck of Suffolk […]

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