Life science is a life saver for Bay State, MetroWest

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By Cole Chapman | Daily News Correspondent | GateHouse News Service

BOSTON – Gov. Deval Patrick’s $1 billion investment plan for life science industries has added 2,537 jobs in its first five years, offering new opportunities for job growth in MetroWest and other regions around the state, a report released Tuesday says.

“Our research suggests that the state will benefit from fully funding the remaining five years of the initiative in order to maintain the lead the life sciences established in the commonwealth,” said Barry Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center and author of the report.

Bluestone told a gathering of scientists, academics and industry officials at the Boston Foundation offices that the state is “the world leader in life sciences.”

“The life sciences are kind of like the auto industry in 1910. This is the place to invest,” he said. Read More

Massachusetts Plan Starts Small for Big Upgrade to Rail System

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By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE | The New York Times

BOSTON — Later this spring, Bostonians eager to flee to Cape Cod for the weekend will have an option other than sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 70 miles and fuming along with everyone else.

Starting May 24, they can hop a train to Hyannis, where regional buses, ferries and rental cars will await to whisk them out to the beaches, islands and wind-swept dunes.

The train, the first passenger service to the cape since 1995, is one small piece of a major $13 billion transportation overhaul envisioned by Gov. Deval Patrick. That overhaul is aimed chiefly at repairing and upgrading worn-out bridges, roads and commuter lines in Massachusetts, but about 20 percent of it would go toward reviving train service to the cape and elsewhere in the state.

Mr. Patrick said that upgrading these in-state routes would spur economic development. It would also provide important links for Amtrak’s long-range plans to establish high-speed train service throughout New England. Read More

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 by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and done through Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

“This process is invaluable,” selectmen Chairman Paul Joseph, who leads the town’s Economic Development Committee. “The conversations (between the town and businesses) this has stimulated and will continue to stimulate is most important.”

The committee on Monday reviewed some of the preliminary results of the study, which compared Natick to other communities. Read More

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