SouthCoast TODAY – New Bedford area’s unemployment drops in March

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Unemployment rates can be deceptive, says Barry Bluestone. According to Dukakis Center research, the most important variable correlated with job growth is the availability of development sites.

Daily Times Chronicle: Town to hold community meeting on economic development – 4/23/14

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Director Barry Bluestone will host an economic development session in Reading to help the community utilize the Dukakis Center’s new Economic Development Self-Assessment Toolkit.

Siemens offers $660 million to help narrow skills gap – 4/16/14

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An aging manufacturing sector workforce will open up 100,000 jobs in the next decade, says Barry Bluestone. Jobs that may not be filled if more students aren’t trained for them.

Wicked Local – Report: Saugus lagging in permit process, traffic – 3/28/14

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A slow, unwieldy permitting process, congested traffic and an unattractive business environment are all holding Saugus back from growth, according to a Northeastern University study.

The Boston Globe – Hailing 12 who jump at chance to help – 3/26/14

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Barry Bluestone was honored by the business networking organization Get Konnected at a gala on Tuesday night for “diversity game changers.”

Worcester Business Journal – Economist: Worcester doing everything right – 3/21/14

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Worcester has grown jobs and is decreasing the time it takes for developers to get permits – both indicators that they’re doing everything right according to Barry Bluestone.

The Daily Item – Crabtree: Saugus to work on fixing weaknesses in wake of presentation – 3/21/13

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Barry Bluestone concluded that Saugus needs to streamline permit processing and to attract young taxpayers with transit and housing if the town wants to be competitive.

Wicked Local – Smaller housing would attract younger population to Eastons – 3/6/14

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Barry Bluestone advises Easton on its current economic climate, discussing how the town can attract and retain a younger demographic.

Gloucester Times – Cape Ann workforce in Chamber spotlight – 2/26/14

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Barry Bluestone will help focus a Chamber mission on growing Gloucester’s and Cape Ann’s evolving local economics based on the latest Massachusetts economic growth and job numbers.

GoBankingRates.com – What Will Boston Mortgage Rates Look Like This Year? – 2/11/14

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Director Barry Bluestone says rising interest rates could lead to increased housing supply as potential sellers might see this as a good time to get a good price.

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