Faculty Spotlight: Tom Vicino [VIDEO]


MPA Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Tom Vicino discusses his research, the courses his teaches, advice for prospective students and more in this two part video interview.

Illinois company in final stages of bidding to make high-speed rail cars for Amtrak


By Alejandra Cancino | Chicago Tribune | September 28, 2012

A rail manufacturer based in Illinois is in the final rounds of bidding to build 130 high-speed passenger rail cars for use on Amtrak routes in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and California.

The order would total $352.3 million.

The bid was submitted by Sumitomo Corp. of America and Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., which opened a $35 million passenger rail car plant in Rochelle in July.
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State manufacturing sector stabilizes


By Matt Murphy | State House News | September 13, 2012

Jobs losses in manufacturing stabilized over the past three years, according to a new report, and even though the economic sector is expected to continue shrinking through 2016 public officials remain optimistic about the potential for growth in high tech manufacturing fields.

The report, titled “Staying Power II: A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts 2012” and prepared by Northeastern University researcher Barry Bluestone and the Center for Urban and Regional Policy, found that job losses accelerated during the recession, but employment in manufacturing has leveled out since September 2009.

The number of manufacturing firms in Massachusetts actually increased in 2011 by 43 for the first time since at least 2002, and possibility as far back as the 1970s, according to the report. Read More

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


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 rhetorical question asked by Dr. Barry Bluestone, director of the Dukakis Center of Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University and founding dean of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He gave an optimistic vision of Lynn’s potential to city and business leaders Wednesday morning at a Lynn Business Partnership forum at the Eastern Bank offices on the Lynnway.

Bluestone, leader of a think tank that studied Lynn last spring, said the city is well positioned for economic growth and development. During the past year, he said, he has visited city and business leaders here five times, something he said he has rarely done in any community because of time constraints. Read More

Natick evaluates its economic strengths and weaknesses


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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