Westford aces economics


By Melissa Hanson, mhanson@lowellsun.com When it comes to economic development, Westford has one of the strongest municipalities in the state, according to an analysis of economic growth and opportunity completed through Northeastern University, with a multitude of strengths and its main weakness in the timeliness of town approvals. The Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool, from the […]

Is buying a home around Boston worth it anymore?


By Keith O’Brien THE VIBE IN THE ROOM is contained desperation. Everyone is afraid of something. The woman in the back is worried about commitment. “The responsibility of it,” she says. The man two rows in front of her is concerned about making a mistake. “A bad investment,” he calls it. And then, maybe, you’d […]

Massachusetts economy slows, but still tops US rate


By Megan Woolhouse The Massachusetts economy slowed sharply in the third quarter, affected by global uncertainties and turmoil in financial markets, but still expanded faster than the US economy, according to a report by the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The state economy grew at 2 percent annual rate in […]

Massachusetts’ Big Bet on Biotech Pays Off


By Doni Bloomfield Last year the tenants of a single glass-and-steel building in Cambridge, Mass., raised $201 million in seed stage venture capital funding, more than the entire Swiss life-science and biotech industry. The building houses LabCentral, an incubator for biotech startups that opened in November 2013, renting space to would-be entrepreneurs. LabCentral was the brainchild of a […]

The Not-So Golden Age: a Radical and Eco-Socialist Take on Post-WW II America and “the Anthropocene”


by Paul Street Some Darkness Behind the “Sun-Washed Days” There is a tendency among senior and middle-aged liberal and progressive United States intellectuals to sentimentalize the post-World War II “golden age” of American and Western capitalism between 1945 and the early to middle 1970s.   The inclination is understandable. During those “sun-washed days” (liberal author and […]

Robust growth in jobs, wages forecast in Mass.


By Megan Woolhouse, Globe staff The Massachusetts economy is creating jobs at its fastest pace in 15 years, pushing wages and spending higher and indicating solid employment growth in coming years, according to a forecast by a group of academic and business economists. The New England Economic Partnership projects the state will add about 200,000 […]

Newton mayor targets poverty hidden in the shadows


By Adrian Walker, Globe columnist  Newton’s mayor, Setti Warren, is raising his family in a house he could never afford to buy, and that gnawing fact has helped set the agenda for his second term in office. While Warren, 45, was growing up in Newton, his father worked as an operative for then-Governor Michael Dukakis. Joe Warren, […]

Economists: Massachusetts economy continues to grow faster than US


Real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an estimated annualized rate of 5.4 percent in the second-quarter of 2015, according to figures released this week by MassBenchmarks.

Is the skills gap real?


Economists challenge a politicians’ truism.

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.

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