Hillary Clinton’s Urban Agenda


Her ambitious plan for cities would build on her husband’s legacy. How much of it could she get done? By Erick Trickey | Next City When Hillary Clinton spoke in Harlem in February, she barely used the words “urban” or “cities,” but she laid out one of the most ambitious urban agendas of any modern presidential […]

Stagnant wages hits home in Lynn

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By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item LYNN — Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years, the number of Lynn homeowners facing foreclosure grew by nearly 24 percent since January as families continue to struggle to pay their mortgage, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracker. Lenders filed 161 petitions to foreclose, […]

Shawsheen Tech to host forum


By Wicked Local Billerica Shawsheen Valley Technical High School will host a forum on Jobs of Today and Tomorrow and the Future of Work from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27 at 100 Cook St., in Billerica. The forum will feature a panel of industry and academic experts with deep knowledge of the Massachusetts labor market. […]

It’s time for vocational schools to get some respect


Mass. employers depend on their graduates and say more must be done to address long wait lists and out-of-date facilities. By Deborah Halber | The Boston Globe On a Monday morning in late spring, city buses arrive like clockwork on Malcolm X Boulevard, disgorging students hunched over cellphones, earbud wires trailing down the fronts of […]

How To Close Boston’s ‘Stubbornly Large’ Homeownership Gap?


By Anthony Brooks, Alison Bruzek and Kassandra Sundt | WBUR Wealth and income disparities has been a major theme of the presidential campaign, and it’s a growing issue here in Boston. This week, as part of a national conversation with NPR called “A Nation Engaged,” we explore the challenge of creating economic opportunity for more Americans. When […]

Mass effect: The Boston region has become a hotbed for life-science jobs, thanks to a constant push to meld research and industry


By Neil Savage | Nature Governments have long thought that if they could lure a multibillion dollar company to their area, smaller firms would grow up around it to provide goods and services, thereby creating jobs. A car manufacturer, for instance, would need parts and materials suppliers. But the experience of Massachusetts and its booming life-sciences […]

Supt. Bourque Unveils New School Five-Year Plan


By Seth Daniel | Chelsea Record When Supt. Mary Bourque and administrator Gerry McHugh were working in a teaching exercise last year to help them to be able to sell their schools to a skeptical parent, they began listing off all the attributes of the Chelsea schools – one by one. Their evaluator, Barry Bluestone, former executive […]

A Case For Smart Growth Legislation As A Complement To Chapter 40B


By Susan Gittelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman Housing costs and housing affordability are on everyone’s mind in Massachusetts. Whether you are trying to put down roots, hire an employee, or stay more closely connected with grandchildren on something other than Skype, you know that we desperately need a lot of new places to live in the commonwealth. The biggest obstacle […]

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 […]

Local control on the line amid Biogen takeover speculation


By Robert Weisman | The Boston Globe It’s happened before. For many in the Massachusetts biotech community, the buyout buzz surrounding Biogen Inc. has revived vivid memories of other homegrown heavyweights, notably Genzyme Corp. and Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc., being snapped up by out-of-state pharmaceutical giants. A purchase of Biogen — which was approached by Merck & […]

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