Pollack says she has no opinion on surtax to fund transportation

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By Andy Metzger | State House News Service Stephanie Pollack in 2013 urged lawmakers considering new revenue sources for transportation to consider a greater mix of funds. On Monday, as state transportation secretary, Pollack said she has no position nor opinion on one of the grandest proposals out there — a plan to reap nearly $2 […]

Gov. Charlie Baker releases Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal

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By Lauren Fogelstrom | The Daily Free Press Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released the budget proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017 Wednesday, which will invest $39.6 billion in education, workforce development and local aid without affecting taxes, according to a Wednesday press release. In his announcement, Baker highlighted the need to allocate money in order to improve […]

Boston homeownership keeps sliding

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By Tim Logan | Globe staff The homeownership rate in Greater Boston plunged last year, according to data released Thursday by the US Census Bureau, dipping below 60 percent for the first time on record. The decline is in large part attributed to the recent population growth, driven by a wave of young adults moving […]

Making it that ‘final mile’ to work in suburbia

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By Emily Sweeney | Globe Staff Say you take the commuter rail to work in the suburbs west of Boston. After you step off the train, you need to find a ride to reach your office. Do you call a taxi? Request an Uber? Wait for a shuttle bus? Wait . . . is there a shuttle […]

Westborough: Transportation summit asks how to improve public transit

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By Brad Avery | Wicked Local Framingham  An economic development group Tuesday kicked around ideas on how cities and towns can collaborate on improving public transportation in central Massachusetts and Greater Boston. Comprised of economic development professionals from the region and the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the group Boroughs+ is focused on solving the “Last Mile” problem – […]

Business, Community, and Education Leaders Announce Alliance For Vocational Technical Education

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By Susan Petroni | Patch Staff Business, community, and education leaders from across Massachusetts today announced the formation of the Alliance for Vocational and Technical Education (AVTV), a new broad-based coalition of employers, community-based organizations, educators, and experts that have come together to advocate for high-quality Career and Vocational Technical Education in Massachusetts. In his State […]

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 […]

Boston ranked No.1 city empty nesters will flock to in 2016

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By Megan Turchi, Boston.com staff In a new ranking, Realtor.com named Boston as the city people aged 65 to 74 will most likely want to live in 2016. The home-buying site said this age demographic, most likely to be full of empty nesters, is expected to make up the third largest segment of homebuyers in […]

Tyngsboro told to market itself

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By Amelia Pak-Harvey, Lowell Sun Tyngsboro will need to improve its marketing skills and speed up its permit-review process to boost economic development, according to a recent study by the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Yet in other areas, the town enjoys certain strengths that could attract businesses — including its proximity […]

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