Economic development

The promise of MASS MoCA

The promise of MASS MoCA

The museum’s latest expansion is a hit, but its impact on the struggling town of North Adams remains a work in progress

Photographs by Michael Manning TWO YOUNG MEN from Brooklyn tentatively inch down the hallway, holding onto a handrail because it’s so dark. They turn a corner and the room in front of them opens up, filled with intense light of different colors.  They make their way to a bench and sit down, mesmerized by a large(...)

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Walsh plays hardball at Quincy Market

Walsh plays hardball at Quincy Market

Mayor seeks to redo lease for higher return

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH is trying to play hardball with the company that owns the lease on Faneuil Hall Marketplace. City officials and heavily redacted emails obtained under the Public Records Law confirm that the city, which owns the marketplace, is attempting to renegotiate the terms of the lease, which dates back to 1975 and(...)

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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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