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.

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.

SAMPAN – Metro Boston will need up to 435K new housing units by 2040 to keep economy on track – 1/16/14

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Director Barry Bluestone endorses MAPC’s new report, which states that Greater Boston must create 435,000 new housing units to accommodate both young workers and retired seniors.

The Daily Item – Survey: Saugus Town Meeting process slows development efforts – 12/13/13

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Barry Bluestone, director of the Dukakis Center, is directing the town of Saugus’ (MA) effort to stabilize the economy through driving economic development.

Cape Cod Wave – Young Professionals Want to Shape the Cape – 11/24/13

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Barry Bluestone talks about changing demographics as they relate to Cape Cod and the area’s issues creating jobs and housing that would incentivize young people to stay.

Government Equals Growth as Massachusetts Tops Ranking

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By Michael McDonald | Bloomberg Businessweek | November 19, 2012 Massachusetts ranked first in economic opportunity in a new index that bolsters President Barack Obama’s argument that government and education are essential for creating the conditions for growth. Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota placed among the top five states measured by unemployment, household income and the […]

Foot-dragging hurts Framingham’s competitiveness, expert says

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By Danielle Ameden | The MetroWest Daily News | November 14, 2012 The town has many competitive advantages, but it must deal with several “deal breakers” for economic development, a consultant told selectmen Tuesday. Presenting the results of a municipal self-assessment tool, Northeastern University researcher Barry Bluestone said Framingham is far behind comparable communities when […]

Bluestone touts strategy for successful growth to Lynn’s business partnership

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By Sean Leonard | The Daily Item | September 13, 2012 Why would anyone choose to live at Boston’s pricey Rowes Wharf when they could live on the Lynn waterfront at perhaps half the cost and with an equally beautiful ocean view, and still be within 30 minutes of the city by commuter ferry? That was the […]

Natick evaluates its economic strengths and weaknesses

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By Brian Benson | The MetroWest Daily News | August 7, 2012 Town leaders Monday began reviewing results of an economic development self-assessment, rating the town on dozens of factors from transportation to access to the development permitting process. Town and business leaders met in June to respond to questions posed by the study, which was funded […]

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