Economic development

How we turn Western Mass. into a high-tech hub

How we turn Western Mass. into a high-tech hub

Transportation, access to capital, and skilled workforce are key

THOSE OF US in Western Massachusetts watched for two generations as the Route 128 corridor boomed and greater Boston turned into one of the world’s great tech centers. Meanwhile, our largely manufacturing-based economy, once a thriving ecosystem, was unable to compete as the technology revolution took hold and policymakers focused elsewhere — leading to a(...)

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Panel gives Baker’s economic development bill a haircut

Panel gives Baker’s economic development bill a haircut

STATE HOUSE NEWS   A scaled-down version of Gov. Charlie Baker’s economic development bill cleared a key House-Senate committee on Wednesday and included a new provision that would allow families to claim a tax deduction on college savings. The bill authorizes $593.9 million in capital investments over the next three years, a significant revision from(...)

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GE coming because of our brains, not brilliant pols

With all the excitement and high-fiving among state and city and leaders starting to wind down, now comes the annoying reality check on the General Electric news that ruins all the fun. It turns out Charlie Baker and Marty Walsh don’t walk on water. Their bipartisan rowing in the same direction was surely helpful (there(...)

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Ash lends insight into Baker administration’s investment strategy

Ash lends insight into Baker administration’s investment strategy

Secretary says if choice is people or infrastructure, he'd pay for workforce first

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A TOP BAKER administration official on Thursday shared with lawmakers his philosophical approach to government investing, including a strategy that he said differs from the approach taken over the past eight years by Gov. Deval Patrick. Jay Ash, Gov. Charlie Baker’s housing and economic development chief, detailed for the House Bonding(...)

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