Dracut adopts aggressive strategy to build business

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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 […]

Should police live where they patrol? Baton Rouge mulls residency rule

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By Christina Beck | The Christian Science Monitor After a fraught couple weeks for Baton Rouge, La., law enforcement, which saw protests after the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police, as well as murder of three law enforcement officers, some city council members are contemplating changes in city residency requirements for officers. Two […]

Mass. employer confidence falls

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By Colin A. Young | State House News Service Amid uncertainty over global conditions and slowing domestic job growth, employer confidence fell in Massachusetts last month as companies took an increasingly bearish view of the U.S. economy, according to survey results released Monday. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ monthly business confidence index dipped 1.6 points to 56.1 […]

Foreclosures continue climb in Lynn

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By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item The number of homeowners facing foreclosure in Lynn grew by nearly 30 percent this year as the economic recovery continues to elude many local families, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracker. Lenders filed 105 petitions to foreclose, the first step in the foreclosure process, from January […]

Hunting for a starter home in Greater Boston? Good luck.

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By Michael Bodley | The Boston Globe Greater Boston is running out of starter homes. Many communities in Eastern Massachusetts often have just a handful of homes for sale for less than $500,000, and inventory has been shrinking rapidly in recent months. While the region has long struggled with a shortage of properties across the range of […]

Uncertainty chips away at Mass. business confidence

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By Colin A. Young | State House News Service Amid uncertainty over global conditions and slowing domestic job growth, employer confidence fell in Massachusetts last month as companies took an increasingly bearish view of the U.S. economy, according to survey results released Monday. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ monthly business confidence index dipped 1.6 points to […]

Is Boston ready for climate change?

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By Joan Fitzgerald   | The Boston Globe Last week’s Boston Globe story indicating that Boston will experience more flooding sooner than thought due to climate change came as no surprise. Scientists monitoring the ice sheet in the Arctic and Greenland noted that it was melting faster than predicted in April. But, is Boston doing enough to […]

Uncertainty weakens business confidence

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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 […]

Survey finds youth in Boston summer jobs program gain job readiness skills, higher academic aspirations

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By Greg St. Martin | news@Northeastern After youth par­tic­i­pated in Boston’s summer jobs pro­gram, a greater number reported having increased job readi­ness skills, higher aca­d­emic aspi­ra­tions, and  improved con­nec­tions with their neighborhoods—with the largest gains in some areas among minority groups—according to a new report co-​​authored by Northeastern’s Alicia Sasser Modestino. Mod­es­tino, asso­ciate pro­fessor with […]

Summer jobs boost employment skills, academic aspirations, study finds

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By Katie Johnston | The Boston Globe Summer jobs aren’t just a way for teens to earn extra cash and stay out of trouble. They also improve job readiness skills, lead to greater academic aspirations, and build stronger community connections, especially among youth of color, according to a new study out by the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

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