Tyngsboro told to market itself

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 to highways, parking availability and a single tax rate, the study found.

Researchers from the institute used a 220-question survey to identify Tyngsboro’s strengths and weaknesses in economic development, based on factors that business-location experts consider when deciding where to place a business.

Those factors range from very important, such as traffic and infrastructure, to less important, such as airport proximity and rail service.

The report, funded through a $4,500 grant, then compares Tyngsboro’s answers to the 78 other Massachusetts communities that have taken the survey.

“Tyngsboro did pretty well on some measures,” said Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center. “It certainly has parking. It has less traffic congestion than other towns and cities.”

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