Dukakis Center Compares Proposed Transportation Budgets


Could the Senate plan provide common ground? CommonWealth | GABRIELLE GURLEY | April 11, 2013 THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE is preparing to vote on a transportation finance plan that is bigger than the $500 million House version Gov. Deval Patrick threatened to veto but still well below the $1 billion package the governor wanted. What’s unclear is whether the […]

In memory of John Sarvey


John Sarvey 1967-2012 We are greatly saddened by the tragic loss of John Sarvey, Executive Director at School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and a Senior Associate at the Dukakis Center, who passed away unexpectedly over Thanksgiving weekend. John was not only devoted to all of us and the success of the Dukakis Center […]

Declaring peace in teacher contract talks


By Lawrence Harmon | The Boston Globe | December 8, 2012 Contract negotiations between teachers’ unions and school districts often resemble the Civil War naval battle between the ironclads Merrimac and Monitor: Each side exchanges broadsides, inflicts casualties, and teeters away claiming victory. There’s got to be a better way to improve schools while ensuring […]

Racial Disparity Among Boston Commuters

Stephanie Fall Consortium

By Boston Public Radio Staff | WGBH News | November 26, 2012 Click HERE to listen. If you use the MBTA to commute to work, you know it can take a very long time to travel just a few miles. But, if you’re black, chances are your commute on the MBTA is longer than your […]

Barcelona Success Yields Model For Boston Innovation District

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Brains In Spain Thrive In Entrepreneur Eco-System

Monday, February 6, 2012 | Global Enterprise

By Michael Lake and Robert Buckley

Special To Banker & Tradesman

The Boston region has the opportunity to leverage the development growth at Kendall Square and Longwood Medical area while building the South Boston innovation district and, accordingly, shape the future of our region’s innovation economy.

The challenge lies in how to most effectively attract and retain talent in order to create a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem. To succeed, we need to look at successful projects around the globe utilizing innovation-related practices.

Is It Manufacturing’s Moment?


By Steve Poftak | Feb. 3, 2012 | Read the Full Article at bostonmagazine.com

Manufacturing has a bad image these days. For those of us inside Route 128, it can feel like there’s nothing left. But the reality for the rest of the state is very different.

Manufacturing still employs approximately 260,000 people or 8 percent of the workforce. And these people are working in good jobs at good wages — in the areas where manufacturing is still going on, wages in the industry are above the area median.

After the Recession


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Staying Power I: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts


Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts, released in July 2008, is the initial Dukakis Center analysis on the condition of the manufacturing industry in the state. When the Dukakis Center published its major report on manufacturing in July 2008—Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts—few believed that manufacturing could rebound in the […]

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