MassBenchmarks - Spring 2015
THIS ISSUE'S HIGHLIGHTS
Massachusetts Economy Expansion Strongest Since 2000: Rising Tide is Beginning to Lift More Boats but Challenges Remain
Employment, GDP, and other economic indicators point to strong economic growth for the Bay State, but a few key issues cloud the outlook.
• Daniel Hodge and Robert Nakosteen
Massachusetts Tech Sector Gaining Momentum in the Wake of the Great Recession
A profile of the state's technology sector and its subsectors reveals their continued vitality and significant impact on the Massachusetts economy and its sectors.
• Branner Stewart and Rebecca Loveland
Small Cities, Big Ideas: Lessons from the First Year of the Working Cities Challenge
After its first year, The Working Cities Challenge — grant-based initiatives to transform local economies and cross-sector collaboration in six smaller Massachusetts cities — is yielding valuable lessons.
• Colleen Dawicki and Tamar Kotelchuck
End Notes: Targeted Redevelopment Assistance to Strengthen Massachusetts Gateway Cities
The Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) emphasizes the Commonwealth's commitment to Gateway Cities, and employs a neighborhood-level, multi-faceted urban development approach in conjunction with interconnected real estate projects.
• Jay Ash and Marty Jones