A col­lab­o­ra­tive effort among five com­mu­ni­ties to pro­mote their shared Route 3 cor­ridor is get­ting some encour­age­ment from a well-​​known economist.

Barry Blue­stone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and a key adviser to the Patrick admin­is­tra­tion, hailed the part­ner­ship that Bed­ford, Bil­lerica, Burlington, Chelms­ford, and Lowell are pur­suing through the Mid­dlesex 3 Coali­tion.

I’ve been very impressed with the time I’ve spent with the Mid­dlesex 3 group,” Blue­stone said. “They are smart; they are com­mitted to really improving their communities.

They under­stand that in this new glob­ally com­pet­i­tive world, eco­nomic devel­op­ment turns out to be crit­i­cally impor­tant and you need to do it right. And they seem com­mitted to doing it and working with the busi­ness com­mu­nity to help them do it.”


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