The next act: As the line blurs between industrial and technology companies, Boston is a natural draw for companies like General Electric

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By Jay Fitzgerald and Deirdre Fernandes | Globe staff After a long erosion of its industrial base, Massachusetts last week landed one of the world’s biggest industrial companies. The decision of General Electric Co. to move its headquarters to Boston highlights how the local economy has come full circle, through decades of invention and reinvention, to be […]

New threads invigorate Mass. textile industry

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By Steve Maas, Globe Correspondent At a New Bedford factory, 800 union workers, assisted by technology unheard of two decades ago, produce 1,300 designer suits a day. In Shirley, a 100-year-old company is pioneering bonding techniques to make clothing without needle and thread. In a Jamaica Plain kitchen, a former nonprofit administrator dyes yarns in […]

Presentation on Braintree’s future Wednesday night

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Barry Bluestone, a professor at Northeastern University, and Mayor Joseph Sullivan will share the findings of “Envision Braintree” at a community meeting Wednesday night.

The changing face of manufacturing: MWCC keeps pace with demand for skilled workers

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If you think all manufacturing is dirty, greasy, noisy, and boring, think again.

“The jobs that we have in manufacturing are no longer those greasy, unsafe positions, but are the high-tech, clean, very safe jobs that have great growth potential,” said Steve Sawin, President and CEO of Operon Resources Management, a manufacturing staffing company that places Mount Wachusett students and graduates in medical manufacturing positions.

The Republican – Outlook 2014: Which way is the Massachusetts economy pointing as we enter 2014? – 2/8/14

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Director Barry Bluestone estimates that 100,000 skilled manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts will open up in the next decade as older workers retire.

MPR – Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs – 12/26/13

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Director Barry Bluestone says he’s seen many companies transform themselves into high-tech competitive operations, whereas before they used to make much lower-tech products.

Minnesota Public Radio – Is it getting easier to find products made in the U.S.? – 12/26/13

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Dukakis Center Director Barry Bluestone says we’re seeing a renaissance in manufacturing. Nanotech, for example, holds great promise for cutting-edge U.S. manufacturing firms, he says.

The Boston Globe – Mass., US show unexpected economic growth – 11/7/13

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Economics professor Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on a recent report on the economy, for which he was a contributor.

CBS Boston – WBZ Business Breakfast – Made In Massachusetts: Creating Jobs In The Bay State – 10/31/13

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Dukakis Center Director Barry Bluestone participated in a panel on October 31st that discussed how the state’s manufacturing sector is staging an epic turnaround.

GoLocalWorcester.com – Worcester Chamber Gets Behind Local Manufacturing – 10/8/13

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The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced a new Manufacturing Roundtable Initiative aimed at supporting local manufacturers and recruiting new business to the region. The roundtable will involve Chamber of Commerce member manufacturers from 31 cities, as well as its 5 affiliate partners…“Manufacturing had been in sharp decline from the end of World War II to quite recently, but manufacturing is starting to come back in the state” said Barry Bluestone, Founding Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

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