‘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.

Northeastern University report suggests need for future life science investment

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In a report conducted by Northeastern University, released last week, analysts said the state’s investment in life sciences had pushed Massachusetts to the top of the list when measuring population-controlled life science employment, with 113,678 people involved in the industry throughout the state in 2012.

Study faults life sciences initiative

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A report released Monday suggests job growth in biotech and medical technology, a top focus of the Patrick Administration, has been modest at best over the past five years and has come at the expense of other research and development industries.

Mass. leads nation in life sciences jobs, says report

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Massachusetts’ workforce has the nation’s highest concentration of jobs in biotechnology, medical technology, and other life sciences fields, according to a report released Wednesday.

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