Expert details Lynn’s strengths


By Thor Jourgensen | The Daily Item | October 24, 2012

A consultant who has already worked with local businesses on development ideas told City Councilors the city needs to hire an “omsbudsman” to help attract potential developers.

“You need someone who can work hand-in-glove with firms, who can act as sort of an omsbudsman,” said Barry Bluestone.

Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center of Urban and Regional Policy, led a detailed self-assessment discussion with 25 local business representatives in spring 2011 and came back to the city last month to tout the city’s potential at a Lynn Business Partnership forum.

Starting in January, Bluestone will lead a team of six Center experts who will work with city officials and business representatives for a year. 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

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