Jesse Mermell

President, Alliance for Business Leadership

Stories by Jesse Mermell

We may be No. 1, but not in transportation

We may be No. 1, but not in transportation

Mass. ranks 45th in nation due to decay and delay

AFTER CRUNCHING MORE than 60 metrics, U.S. News & World Report and the consulting firm McKinsey recently declared Massachusetts the #1 state in the nation. Our Commonwealth’s success is built on the strength of our education system (ranked at #1), health care (#2), and overall economy (#5). All Massachusetts residents can take pride in this(...)

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Salem is taking on climate change

Salem is taking on climate change

For coastal cities, it's a matter of urgency

THE MORE THINGS change, the more they stay the same. For centuries now the economic health of the city of Salem has been tied to the ocean. In the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution and into the 1800s, ships from Salem took to the seas and returned with tea, spices, and silks that turned(...)

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Time for vision at the MBTA

Time for vision at the MBTA

The T needs to set an ambitious course for the future

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” If ever there was an entity in need of some hope, it is the MBTA. Fortunately, this Tuesday evening the MBTA launches an extensive visioning process – Focus40 – to craft a 25-year strategic investment plan to carry the agency to 2040.(...)

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Late-night MBTA service crucial to economic growth and justice

Late-night MBTA service crucial to economic growth and justice

T is working backwards by ending service before completing civil rights analysis of impact

INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION in order to create economic growth is a popular refrain. You’d be hard-pressed to find the business group, community organization, or transit agency that doesn’t talk that talk. But judging by the speed with which the MBTA shut down late-night service, it appears that the only economic growth that matters to the(...)

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Redefining “having it all”

Redefining “having it all”

Right policies needed to support women & families

MOST DISCUSSIONS ABOUT women in the workplace call into question women’s ability to “have it all.” That’s the right question, framed in the wrong way. The traditional frame of “having it all” involves a woman with a home life straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting and a career that’s on fire, and never breaking(...)

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