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Boston Economic Development Initiative to Create Green Jobs Through Urban Agriculture

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced $100,000 in funding for an innovative Boston economic development initiative called Urban Farming Pathways.

Urban farming in Boston

Urban farming in Boston (photo – Daquella manera/flickr)

As a start, this re-entry jobs training program is expected to create approximately 25 green jobs in its first year, and will provide local healthy food for underserved communities.

Specifically, twenty-five participants will be trained in urban agriculture practices during the program’s first year, and will help grow and distribute 5,000 pounds of healthy produce to 1,000 residents through five farmers’ markets in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

Mayor Walsh said in a statement that “In Boston we believe in second chances, and this grant will give young people in our community a unique skill set that will allow them to pursue meaning careers that positively impact our neighborhoods.”

Subject to a successful first year, the program aims to create a long-term partnership between re-entry workforce development and sustainable urban agriculture in the region, and will increase food access to jointly address the missions of all partnering organizations.

Youth Options Unlimited Boston (YOU) will house a program coordinator to oversee the initiative and work with City Soil, the Urban Farming Institute and other community partners to develop programming.

Partners for Places, a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, is providing half of the funding announced, with a matching contribution by The Boston Foundation (TBF). The Urban Farming Pathways program will cost approximately $320,000 during its first year. The rest of the funding will be covered by the Neighborhood Jobs Trust and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations.

The Neighborhood Jobs Trust is a Massachusetts public charitable trust created to ensure that large-scale real estate development in Boston brings a direct benefit to Boston neighborhood residents in the form of jobs, job training and related services. BRA is the official urban planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston.

Trinh Nguyen, director of the City of Boston Office of Workforce Development (OWD), added that “Green industry is growing in Boston, and the Urban Farming Pathways Initiative is yet another pipeline that demonstrates this commitment to ensure that all residents are able to take part of the growth.”

Paul S. Grogan, president and chief executive officer of TBF, said in the release that “The Boston Foundation is pleased to partner with the City of Boston and a national funder like Partners for Places on this important issue.”

Grogan noted that sustainability is crucial to workforce development in general, particularly the development of inner city jobs.  “In fostering a strengthened and green-thinking workforce, this program drives home the point that the responsibility of sustainable development is shared by everyone in our community,” said Grogan.

Massachusetts Awards $20M Job Creation Incentives to 28 Life Science Companies

The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) has awarded $20 million in tax incentives for job creation to 28 life sciences companies.

MLSC tax incentive awardees

Source – mass.gov

This list of companies receiving $20 million in Massachusetts economic development incentives this year will spur the creation of 1,325 new jobs this year alone in fourteen Massachusetts cities and towns, half of which are located or are expanding outside of Greater Boston.

Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement that “Through these smart job-creation incentives, as well as investments in workforce development and emerging technologies, we are working collaboratively to create an environment that fosters private-sector investment and job growth.”

The Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program was established in 2008 as part of the $1 billion 10-year Life Sciences Initiative. The program authorizes up to $25 million in tax incentives each year for growing companies engaged in life sciences research and development, commercialization and manufacturing.

Travis McCready, president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, noted that “The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Job Creation Tax Incentive Program has encouraged life sciences companies of all sizes to create jobs and grow their businesses in Massachusetts, and it has also played a significant role in encouraging some of the global leaders in life sciences, such as Amgen, Shire and Baxalta, to make significant investments in new or expanded facilities here.”

For example, one of the awardees this year is Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, which in getting $2,250,000 in tax incentives to support an expansion project in the Town of Norton, MA. Apart from a capital investment estimated to be at $55 million, the project is creating 150 new jobs.

Michael Yunits, Town Manager for the Town of Norton, said in a release that the addition of quality jobs in a variety of disciplines will bolster the commitment that the area’s public schools and Wheaton College have made to the scientific fields. “In consideration of Alnylam’s investment in our community and its ability to offer diverse employment opportunities to the area, the Town has committed to offer tax incentives and a streamlined permitting process to enable the development of this state of the art facility,” said Yunits.

John Maraganore, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Alnylam, added that “Alnylam’s decision to establish its flagship manufacturing facility in Massachusetts and hire approximately 150 new full-time employees was based on the support of the state of Massachusetts and access to its talent pool.”

This is the seventh year that incentives have been provided under the Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program. As of December last year, a total of 90 companies had active or completed tax incentive awards from prior years, totaling more than $100 million. These companies have created nearly 4,000 new jobs after receiving their tax incentives.

DoD Awards MIT Led Consortium $317M Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Cambridge, MA

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will announce today that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will spearhead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense.

MIT AFFOA

MIT AFFOA (photo – mit.edu)

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Alliance, a consortium of 89 universities, manufacturers, and non-profits led by MIT, has been awarded the next Manufacturing Innovation Institute that will be headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

The $317 million public-private partnership will receive $75 million in federal funding, and nearly $250 million in cost-sharing from industrial partners, venture capitalists, universities, nonprofits, and states including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII) is focused on bringing together non-traditional partners to integrate fibers and yarns with integrated circuits, LEDs, solar cells, and other capabilities to create textiles and fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, change color, and more.

For example, the institute will pair the likes of leading audio equipment maker Bose, computer chip maker Intel, and nanofiber manufacturer FibeRio with textile manufacturers and textile users like Warwick Mills, Buhler Yarns, and New Balance.

A wide range of industries are expected to benefit from these revolutionary fibers and textiles, including apparel, consumer products, automotive, medical devices, and consumer electronics.

The winning MIT-led consortium includes 32 universities, 16 industry members, 72 manufacturing entities, and 26 startup incubators, spread across 27 states and Puerto Rico.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement that this manufacturing innovation institute will be the national leader in developing and commercializing textiles with extraordinary properties, and added that it will “serve as a vital piece of innovation infrastructure, to support the development of the next generation of manufacturing technology, and the development of a highly skilled workforce.”

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito focused on the Massachusetts economic development benefits of the award. “Through this manufacturing innovation institute, Massachusetts researchers and Massachusetts employers will collaborate to unlock new advances in military technology, medical care, wearable technology, and fashion,” said Lt. Gov. Polito. “This, in turn, will help drive business expansion, support the competitiveness of local manufacturers, and create new employment opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth.”

Professor Yoel Fink, director of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), led the winning proposal for the Advanced Functional Fibers of America (AFFOA) Institute to be named as the eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute established to date. This will also be the first one to be headquartered in New England. To be specific, the headquarters will be established in Cambridge, MA, in proximity to the MIT campus.

“Instead of creating a single brick-and-mortar center, we set out to assemble and organize companies and universities that have manufacturing and ‘making’ capabilities into a network – a ‘distributed foundry’ capable of addressing the manufacturing challenges,” said Fink in a release issued by MIT.

MIT Provost Martin Schmidt noted that “AFFOA will connect our campus even more closely with industries (large and small), with educational organizations that will develop the skilled workers, and with government at the state and federal level – all of whom are necessary to advance this new technology.”

Find out more about Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and RFT-MII at mit.edu.  

Culinary Staffing and Workforce Training Agency SnapChef Marks Jobs Milestone in Massachusetts

At the New England Food Show, Boston-based culinary staffing agency SnapChef announced that it has reached a new jobs milestone in Massachusetts with the hiring of its 1000th employee. SnapChef has a vocational training program called Fast Track Curriculum (FTC) which addresses the critical gap in the culinary industry between minimum wage jobs and chefs trained at institutions of higher education.

SnapChef

SnapChef (photo – snapchef.com)

FTC allows adults with varying levels of culinary skills to develop new technical abilities while earning an income.  To date, the company has filled the 1,000 jobs through recruitment, job fairs and strong collaboration with career centers.

SnapChef employees, trained through ServSafe certified food preparation and handling programs, work for major universities, hospitals, five star hotels, and corporate cafeterias in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including Harvard University, Children’s Hospital, Sodexo, ARAMARK, Compass Group, and Tufts University.

SnapChef Founder and CEO Todd Snopkowski said in a statement that “We would also like to thank Massachusetts Governor Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for their support of SnapChef and workforce development programs.”

Snopkowski, who has won the SBA award for Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year, announced the opening of SnapChef’s new office in Downtown Worcester last year in January, and also unveiled their new workforce development center and corporate headquarters in Dorchester, MA.

In collaboration with Worcester economic development officials from the Worcester Business Development Corporation and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, SnapChef selected the downtown Worcester location for its proximity to the region’s workforce and access to public transportation.

Snopkowski said at that time that SnapChef was convinced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) that the workforce they needed to serve clients existed in Central Massachusetts.

The grand opening ceremony in Dorchester was likewise attended by City of Boston Economic Development Chief John Barros and Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Undersecretary Stephanie Neal-Johnson.

At that time, the company had said it planned to make 50 new hires in the coming months. Undersecretary Neal-Johnson said that they are pleased to see SnapChef’s commitment to training and employment, and added that “Our commitment is to ensuring all in the community have an opportunity to access job training opportunities as the state’s economy continues to improve.”

Apart from its Boston, Worcester and Dorchester locations in Massachusetts, SnapChef also has a location in Providence, RI. The SnapChef Foundation is furthermore providing support to local non-profit culinary training programs.

MA Legislature Hearing on Feasibility Study of Boston-Springfield High-Speed Rail Project

A hearing of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation took up a long-awaited petition, and an accompanying bill, that would kick off the feasibility study of high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston.

Boston Springfield high speed rail bill

Photo – malegislature.gov

The bill in question (S.1849), was sponsored by State Senator Eric P. Lesser. If passed into law, it would require the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility study relative to high-speed rail access between the city of Springfield and the city of Boston.

The scope of the study includes, among other things, the projected capital costs; projected operating costs and revenue estimates; availability of federal, state, local and private sector funding sources; projected ridership levels; the prospect of operating high-speed rail service on existing rights of way and other operational issues; and the environmental and community impact estimates.

The study would also consider the resulting Greater Springfield economic development benefits. At the moment, the lion’s share of economic development in Massachusetts is occurring in Greater Boston. Easing travel between eastern and western Massachusetts would bring some of that economic and wage growth west to Greater Springfield.

State Senator Eric P. Lesser, who testified at the Joint Committee on Transportation hearing on this bill, said in his testimony that high-speed rail is an idea whose time has come, and added that it would transform Western Massachusetts.

But the fastest existing passenger rail link from Springfield to Boston is Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited, which only runs once a day and takes 135 minutes. So fast travel between Springfield and Boston now relies on roads and cars. High-speed rail would reduce travel time from the current 135 down to 90 minutes or less, make it safer, and would enable multiple departures per day.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has already created a capital investment plan to fund high-speed rail to Springfield, and also examines the possibility of extending high-speed rail service north to Montreal and south to New York.

This would be in line with what was envisaged by the United States Congress in 2004 when the Northern New England Corridor, one of ten federally designated high-speed rail corridors, was extended from Boston to Springfield, MA and Albany, NY, and from Springfield to New Haven, CT. If the 489-mile corridor were to be completed, high-speed trains could travel from Boston to Montreal in about four and a half hours.

Massachusetts Governor Files Economic Development Legislation Seeking $918M Investment

Legislation filed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker seeks funding for implementing several aspects of his Administration’s comprehensive economic development plan, including investments of up to $918 million in capital funding.

Massachusetts Statehouse

Massachusetts Statehouse (photo – Fcb981/wikimedia)

The legislation (An Act to Provide Opportunities for All) allocates funding for everything from local infrastructure to Brownfields site cleanup, Gateway Cities development, development site assembly and site readiness, smart growth housing, workforce development, emerging technologies, and community-based innovation.

It also makes several reforms relative to smart growth housing, streamlines the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program, and refocuses the work of regional economic development nonprofits.

Governor Baker said in a release that “We are committed to creating a platform for growth and prosperity across the Commonwealth, and this legislation will make key investments in the economic potential of our communities and residents.”

The proposed capital authorization sought in the bill is as follows:

MassWorks ($500 million): Reauthorizes MassWorks funding in order to provide municipalities and other public entities with public infrastructure grants to support economic development and job creation.

Transformative Development Initiative ($50 million): Supports Gateway Cities revitalization programs by enabling MassDevelopment to make long-term patient equity investments in key properties in Transformative Development Initiative districts, with the goal of accelerating the maturation of private real estate markets.

Brownfields Redevelopment Fund ($75 million): Moves funding for the state’s Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to the capital program.

Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund ($25 million): Moves funding for the state’s Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund to the capital program.

Site Readiness Fund ($25 million): Advances regional job creation by creating a new fund for site assembly and pre-development activities that support regionally significant commercial or industrial development opportunities.

Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative ($118 million): Provides matching grants to establish public-private applied research institutes around emerging manufacturing technologies.

Scientific and Technology Research and Development Matching Grant Fund ($25 million): Reauthorizes a capital grant program that funds nonprofit, university-led research collaboratives working to commercialize emerging technologies.

Innovation Infrastructure Fund ($25 million): Creates a new fund for making capital grants that support community-based innovation efforts, including co-working spaces, venture centers, maker spaces and artist spaces.

Workforce Skills Capital Grants ($75 million): Establishes a new grant program for workforce development training equipment, to strengthen workforce skills, and create strong employment pipelines.

The bill also seeks reforms in the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) and Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) program, along with liquor law reforms, a Blue Laws clarification, and doubling of the limit on loan guarantees from the Massachusetts Export Development Fund, to $1,000,000.

Reforms are sought in the I-Cubed infrastructure program, along with alignment of local parking policies with broader economic development priorities, and reforms of a housing-related TIF program and the Housing Development Incentive Program.

The bill furthermore broadens the statutory charge of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) to include digital health cluster development.

Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash noted that “By supporting public-private partnerships in applied research, and community-based innovation spaces, this economic development bill will deepen our innovation ecosystem, cement Massachusetts’ position as the nation’s most innovative state, and harness emerging technologies to create long-term job growth in every region of the Commonwealth.”

GE Relocates Headquarters to Boston

GE has announced the selection of Boston as its new headquarters location. Supported by $120 million in Massachusetts economic development grants and other programs and up to $25 million from the city of Boston in property tax relief, General Electric will bring approximately 800 high-paying jobs to Boston’s Seaport District.

GE

GE (photo – France1978/flickr)

The Company began its site selection formal review in June 2015, with a list of 40 potential locations. Boston was selected after a careful evaluation of the business ecosystem, talent, long-term costs, quality of life for employees, connections with the world and proximity to other important company assets.

Working with GE, Massachusetts and the City of Boston structured a package of incentives that provides benefits to the State and City, while also helping offset the costs of the relocation to GE. GE will sell its current headquarters offices in Fairfield, CT and at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to further offset the cost of the move.

GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said in a release that “We want to be at the center of an ecosystem that shares our aspirations. Greater Boston is home to 55 colleges and universities. Massachusetts spends more on research & development than any other region in the world, and Boston attracts a diverse, technologically-fluent workforce focused on solving challenges for the world. We are excited to bring our headquarters to this dynamic and creative city.”

Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh today celebrated General Electric’s decision to relocate their world headquarters to Boston.

“Our administration welcomes GE’s decision to take advantage of the unique resources that our state has to offer, ranging from our innovative economy to top universities,” said Governor Baker.

“General Electric’s choice to move to Boston is the result of the city’s willingness and excitement to work creatively and collaboratively to bring positive activity to our local economy and continue to grow our industries,” said Mayor Walsh.

Additional incentives offered to General Electric include $1 million in grants for workforce training, along with up to $5 million for an innovation center to forge connections between GE, innovators from Massachusetts research institutions and the higher education community.

GE has also received a commitment that existing local transportation will be improved in the Seaport District. A joint relocation team will be appointed to ease the transition for employees moving to Boston. Assistance for eligible employees looking to buy homes in Boston will be provided.

GE headquarters employees will move to a temporary location in Boston starting in the summer of 2016, with a full move completed in several steps by 2018.

Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative to Enhance Economic Development, Patient Care

Massachusetts has launched a comprehensive Digital Health Initiative as a public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.

MeHI Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative

Photo – mehi.masstech.org

In addition to a digital health innovation hub in Boston to support digital health startups, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) also announced several private industry-led initiatives. This includes innovative approaches to provide private funds for digital healthcare companies that are starting up, located in, or planning to re-locate to Massachusetts.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a release that “Strong public-private partnerships are what make our City, and our region, more competitive in the global economy. We know that the digital healthcare industry is Boston’s future, and I thank our state and private sector partners for their support.”

Governor Baker and MA Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash have designated the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) as the state’s implementing agency for this initiative. MeHI was established in 2008 by the State Legislature as a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which is an economic development agency.

The Governor has announced plans to file new legislation to expand MeHI’s efforts to include digital healthcare cluster development activities. Led by a Strategy Committee composed of leaders across industry, academia, healthcare, and government, MeHI will be able to work on cluster development activities designed to promote and support the sector.

MeHI will also co-invest in the establishment of a digital healthcare hub in Boston, lead development of a market access program, and partner with state agencies to better capture the “big data” opportunity in healthcare.

Governor Baker said in the release that “This emerging industry cluster has the potential to become a powerful driver of job creation across the Commonwealth, while also unlocking new advances in improving patient care and lowering health care costs.”

Digital health is an emerging industry cluster identified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts economic development plan signed by Gov. Baker last month. It is a rapidly growing sector at the intersection of healthcare and information technology.

According to a report by Goldman Sachs, it represents an approximately $32 billion market opportunity over the next decade. The sector spans a variety of technologies including electronic health records, consumer wearable devices, care systems, payment management, Big Data analytics and telemedicine, among others, and has close connections to the state’s technology and life sciences sectors.

Secretary Ash added that “This new statewide public-private partnership in digital health builds on a base of existing investments in an array of sectors, from biotech to cloud computing and flexible hybrid electronics.”

Governor Baker Signs Massachusetts Economic Development Plan

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito have signed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts economic development plan, a strategic policy document that will guide the administration’s economic development strategy.

MA economic development plan

MA economic development plan (photo – mass.gov)

Massachusetts law requires each new gubernatorial administration to publish an economic development strategy within a year of taking office.

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (HED) will use the policy framework set by this plan to develop and shape specific initiatives that will respond to issues, themes, and priorities highlighted in this plan.

In a release issued after they signed the plan, Gov. Baker said that “This economic development plan is an important statement of our administration’s priorities and values.”

Lieutenant Governor Polito likewise noted that “This economic development plan reflects our commitment to promoting vibrant communities, and spurring new growth, Cape Cod to the Berkshires.”

Key components of the “Opportunities for All” Massachusetts economic development plan include:

Prosperity for Citizens – Supporting workforce development strategies that close the skills gap, and connect citizens to economic opportunity;

Vitality for Communities – Promoting vibrant communities and regions;

Growth for Businesses – Advancing the development of key industry clusters, and harnessing cluster development to drive job growth in the Commonwealth’s regions. The plan aims to deepen the state’s competitive advantage in an array of key industry clusters, including clean energy, financial services, technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and tourism.

The plan also aims to sharpen the Commonwealth’s competitive position through regulatory reform, and efforts to lower key business costs, such as energy costs. The plan emphasizes the role of cost competitiveness, especially in energy policy and tax policy, in driving business growth throughout the state.

This plan is the result of a year of robust public engagement, including through fourteen public listening sessions across the state. Through such engagement, HED engaged in thousands of conversations with residents, business owners, local officials, state legislators, academic experts and industry officials.

These conversations drove the formulation of the economic development plan, and the MA Governor’s Economic Development Planning Council has already adopted this plan earlier this month.

Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash said in the release that “Over the past year, I have met with residents, business owners and local officials, from communities from Williamstown to Provincetown.”

Sec. Ash added that he is proud that their priorities and aspirations are reflected in this economic development plan, which he said will advance prosperity for citizens, growth for businesses, and vitality for communities.

Read the full “Opportunities for All” Massachusetts economic development plan – Download (pdf)

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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