In 2015, Mass. wages rose slower than in rest of US


By Deirdre Fernandes and Evan Horowitz | Boston Globe While the rest of the country saw blockbuster gains in their paychecks in 2015, household incomes in Massachusetts rose at a much slower pace, according to data to be released by the Census Bureau Thursday. Usually, Massachusetts outpaces the nation, with better school test scores and lower unemployment […]

With revenue gains missing predictions, budget cuts possible


By Joshua Miller | The Boston Globe State budget cuts from Governor Charlie Baker are probably coming soon to Massachusetts. The Department of Revenue announced Tuesday that state revenue grew only one-half of 1 percent from August 2015 to August 2016 — a surprisingly tiny amount. Overall, in July and August, the first two months of the […]

What department stores say about America’s changing income classes


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

Built Environment

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 […]

Mass. economy outperforming US with steady growth


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


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 […]

Uncertainty weakens business confidence


By Christopher Geehern | aim blog A month of economic uncertainty punctuated by weak US job growth and the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union drove Massachusetts employer confidence lower during June. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index (BCI) fell 1.6 points to 56.1 as employers took an increasingly bearish view of the […]

What 80,000 More Vehicles a Day Do to Boston Commute

Next City

By Erick Trickey | Next City Greater Boston’s already congested roads and transit stations will have to absorb over 100,000 more commuters by 2030, leading to “virtual gridlock,” predicts a sobering new study. The report, from business group A Better City, frames the challenges that come with growth, as one of America’s oldest cities reacts to […]

Warning bells for region’s transit future as needs, pressures increase

Bay State Banner

Jule Pattison-Gordon | Bay State Banner As researchers look to Greater Boston’s future, one thing they warn it could contain a whole lot more time waiting in traffic. The time to tackle Greater Boston’s transit future is now, before the region’s already-pressured transportation infrastructure becomes burdened with a swell of new commuters. That was a […]

Report Shows Growing Strain on Greater Boston’s Infrastructure


By Matt Juul | Boston Magazine If you thought your morning commute was already a mess, wait until 2030. A new report released on Tuesday by business group A Better City shows that Greater Boston will likely need vast improvements to its infrastructure in order to meet growing population and traffic demands. Conducted by researchers […]

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