Shawsheen Tech to host forum


By Wicked Local Billerica Shawsheen Valley Technical High School will host a forum on Jobs of Today and Tomorrow and the Future of Work from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27 at 100 Cook St., in Billerica. The forum will feature a panel of industry and academic experts with deep knowledge of the Massachusetts labor market. […]

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 […]

Littleton’s economic development has strengths and weaknesses


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 […]

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


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 […]

Westborough: Transportation summit asks how to improve public transit


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 – […]

GUEST COLUMN: How to Make Cambridge landlords even richer


By Barry Bluestone July of this year marked an important milestone for all of metro Boston. It was the first time that the median selling price of a single-family residence equaled the price that prevailed in 2005 before the Great Recession and the bursting of the housing bubble. But of the 161 communities in the […]

Plymouth selectmen sign on to state’s Community Compact


The selectmen signed a “Community Compact” with the state Tuesday night, with the hope it will translate directly into cash for important infrastructure projects.

Billerica officials developing strategies to acquire new businesses


A town hall discussion was held on June 2 in Billerica about EDSAT (Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool) developed by Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy to see how well cities and towns compete with other communities on issues related to economic development.

Braintree population may rise 17 percent by 2030


The population of Braintree is expected to keep going up and by 2030 could top 40,000, which would be 17 percent higher than it is today and 24 percent higher than it was in 2010, according to a recent study by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

PRICED OUT: Medford becoming increasingly unaffordable


Barry Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said renters with high housing cost burdens scrimp on everyday basics, such as food, clothing, medicine and childcare.

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