‘Unnovation’ can move New England forward

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Beyond Route 128, far from the startups and venture capitalists of Greater Boston, cities and rural areas are struggling. One idea: a return to their roots — farming and manufacturing — but with a new set of eyes.

Barry Bluestone on “Shaping The Future of Cape Cod”

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According to the US Census, the population in Barnstable County is declining and the fastest losses are in the 25 to 44-age category. Between 2000 and 2010 nearly fifteen Thousand young adults left the Cape, a decrease of 26.8%. Barry Bluestone, Founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University talks about how they administered the Shape the Cape Survey.

At 4.9 Percent, Mass. Economic Growth Outpaces U.S. In 2nd Quarter

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BOSTON — After a rough winter, the U.S. economy — and Massachusetts’ too — roared back in the second quarter 0f 2014.

A Long Look at Little Places: Micro-Apartment in Dorchester

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We know that micro-apartments are all the rage. They’re usually in the Seaport District for people too restless to lounge at home for an extended period of time. But these tiny towers of human slumber have been around in city life longer than we might consciously realize.

Spring rebound after harsh winter for Mass., US economies

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Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | July 30, 2014 The Massachusetts economy shook off its winter doldrums and rebounded strongly in the spring, according to an analysis by the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The state’s economy expanded at annual rate of 4.9 percent in the three months from April through […]

Rising prices, falling rates give boost to jumbo loans

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The number of jumbo loans used for home purchases has skyrocketed in Massachusetts, as buyers take out bigger mortgages to pay for increasingly expensive homes. Lenders, from local banks to mortgage giants, say that at least 30 percent of their loans are now jumbos, compared with about 10 percent in recent years, fueled by a market where home prices in some communities have now surged past prerecession highs.

Report details economic impact of school construction

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In the 10 years since the Massachusetts School Building Authority was created, the agency has distributed $10.5 billion to help build and renovate hundreds of schools to improve the quality of education around the state, but the funding also has played a significant role in creating jobs and generating tax revenue, a new report shows. The economic impact was particularly meaningful during the recent downturn, which hit the construction industry hard, according to the report, written by Alan Clayton-Matthews and Barry Bluestone of the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Planning.

Training workers for biotech labs is Mass. program’s goal

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Twenty-seven-year-old Daria Kotowski can barely contain her excitement.

“The gel systems are here,” she exclaims, pulling packages containing an orange-looking goo from a cabinet in Quincy College’s biotechnology and compliance lab.

Boston’s residency rule routinely flouted

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Thirteen of the 22 top leaders in Boston’s Police Department live outside the city in apparent violation of the city’s residency requirement, a law frequently ignored and weakly enforced, according to a Globe analysis of payroll and property records.

Massachusetts business confidence dropped in June

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The index posted a reading of 53.7 in June, down from a reading of 54.8 in May. The reading for June 2013 was 48.9. The index uses a 100-point scale. A reading above 50 indicates a generally positive outlook among state employers, a reading below 50 a negative one.

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