Six Cities Team Up to Establish Greater Boston Regional Economic Development Compact

Boston and five other cities in the metro region have teamed up to establish the Greater Boston Regional Economic Compact.

Boston Regional Economic Development Compact

Boston Regional Economic Development Compact (photo – cityofboston.gov)

The Compact includes the cities of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy and Somerville.

The Mayors of Boston, Braintree, Quincy and Somerville and the City Managers of Cambridge and Chelsea came together at Quincy City Hall and issued a joint statement in which they say that “We are thrilled to announce this new partnership between our cities to address the regional economic challenges and opportunities facing the Greater Boston region.”

The municipal executives of these cities and their staffs will meet to strategize and solve common issues in the areas of housing, transportation, sustainability, and Greater Boston economic development.

Each participating city will also explore committing funds to hire a full-time staff member to work with all participants and help develop a strategy for economic growth. In addition, a Regional Compact coordinator will be hired to develop a regional economic development strategy.

The Compact commits each of the participating cities to the following principles:

Commitment: Representatives from each of the communities will be meeting at least every other month and establishing a formal structure for the group;

Leadership: These meetings will serve as a forum for participants to discuss regional economic development and related critical regional issues;

Follow Through: Participants will regularly review progress made and challenges encountered;

Support: Participants agree to explore the appointment of a staff member to serve as a project manager for the compact; and

Inclusion: Participants will welcome and encourage other communities in Greater Boston to support and join the effort.

This new Boston Regional Economic Development Compact builds on the formation of a Life Sciences Corridor last year by the mayors of Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Somerville, and Braintree. The Corridor was established to promote the life sciences sector along the MBTA red line in the Greater Boston region.

In a release announcing the new Compact, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that “I look forward to working together with our surrounding partners to overcome obstacles and grow together across sectors and across borders.”

Somerville Mayor Joseph Anthony Curtatone noted that “From transportation to housing to addressing sustainability and climate change, if we are to succeed as individual cities as we face 21st century challenges, we must develop our strengths as a region.”

Cambridge City Manager Richard C. Rossi likewise added that “Cambridge is excited to partner with Boston, Quincy, Somerville, Braintree, and Chelsea to address many important issues – economic development, housing, sustainability, and transportation-impacting the region.”

Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch noted that their future is tied tightly together as a region, not just as individual cities. “This effort is an important recognition of that reality, and I’m proud to be part of such a dynamic partnership of communities willing to work together to reach our potential and confront our challenges,” added Mayor Koch.

“Working together to grow our regional economy through transportation and housing will create vibrant economic value for all,” said Braintree Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan.

Chelsea City Manager Thomas Ambrosino noted that “While we might think of ourselves as being from Chelsea, or Boston, or Quincy, in reality we are all from the Boston region and we need to plan and foster investment in the region as a single unit.”

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