Welcome to Chelsea, the new ‘it’ zip

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FINDING THE new up-and-coming neighborhood in and around Boston is great sport for prospective residents and real estate professionals alike. What used to pass for criteria to move in — good schools, safe streets, and leafy parks — now requires a bit more. Today’s urban dweller wants doggie daycare, yoga studios, and a hip WiFi-enabled coffeehouse. Throw in some converted lofts, great views of the city, and — boom — the next new “it” zip code.

Schools’ wait lists called a drag on the economy

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Manufacturers face even worse labor shortages as baby boomers retire. A 2012 Northeastern study estimated that more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs would become available in the state over the next decade.

Job market red hot for those with the right skills

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“The job picture looks better than it has in a while,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist at Northeastern University. “But you have to have the right skills. That’s the key. You have to have the right skills.”

‘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.

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 […]

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.

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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