Summer jobs programs: What do we know?

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By Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino for the Brookings Blog The well-documented drop in teen employment rates has raised concerns that it is becoming more difficult for teens to find pathways into the labor market, particularly for African-American and Latino teens living in neighborhoods with fewer job opportunities. Admittedly, for some teens working has been replaced […]

A Case For Smart Growth Legislation As A Complement To Chapter 40B

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By Susan Gittelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman Housing costs and housing affordability are on everyone’s mind in Massachusetts. Whether you are trying to put down roots, hire an employee, or stay more closely connected with grandchildren on something other than Skype, you know that we desperately need a lot of new places to live in the commonwealth. The biggest obstacle […]

What department stores say about America’s changing income classes

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By Lucy Schouten | The Christian Science Monitor Coach has a message for department stores: it’s time to redefine the relationship. The apparel brand has announced a decision to pull its products from 250 department stores nationwide and to emphasize the Coach specialty stores and online marketplace, Fortune reported. This is just one example of marketplace […]

2016 State of the Built Environment Conference Highlights

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By A Better City Over 250 policymakers, experts and other stakeholders gathered at the State of the Built Environment conference on June 7th to debate issues facing the Greater Boston region. The sessions were anchored by A Better City’s key focus areas and the first State of the Built Environment report was released at the […]

Local control on the line amid Biogen takeover speculation

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By Robert Weisman | The Boston Globe It’s happened before. For many in the Massachusetts biotech community, the buyout buzz surrounding Biogen Inc. has revived vivid memories of other homegrown heavyweights, notably Genzyme Corp. and Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc., being snapped up by out-of-state pharmaceutical giants. A purchase of Biogen — which was approached by Merck & […]

Mass. economy outperforming US with steady growth

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By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy kept steady in the second quarter of the year, despite lagging consumer spending, slowing growth elsewhere in the world, and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the University of Massachusetts reported Friday. The state’s economy grew at an annual rate of 3 percent, a […]

Dracut adopts aggressive strategy to build business

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By Todd Feathers | Lowell Sun  After years of agonizing about the town’s small commercial tax base and grasping sporadically for prospective businesses, Dracut is now working with a research-driven economic-development strategy. Its creators hope it help usher in a steady stream of new businesses, jobs and tax dollars. Many of the familiar problems still exist. The […]

Should police live where they patrol? Baton Rouge mulls residency rule

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By Christina Beck | The Christian Science Monitor After a fraught couple weeks for Baton Rouge, La., law enforcement, which saw protests after the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police, as well as murder of three law enforcement officers, some city council members are contemplating changes in city residency requirements for officers. Two […]

Squeezed: Funders Grapple with Affordable Housing in a Pricey City

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By Alyssa Ochs | Inside Philanthropy According to Citizens for Adequate Housing, Massachusetts’ housing wage (the minimum hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment) is $24.08, which is 282 percent above the state’s minimum wage of $8.50 and well above the national average of $18.62. Those numbers explain why the family shelters here are full. Over […]

Mass. employer confidence falls

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By Colin A. Young | State House News Service Amid uncertainty over global conditions and slowing domestic job growth, employer confidence fell in Massachusetts last month as companies took an increasingly bearish view of the U.S. economy, according to survey results released Monday. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ monthly business confidence index dipped 1.6 points to 56.1 […]

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