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Technology as an Economic Catalyst in Rural and Depressed Places in Massachusetts

This paper uses case studies, including two cities (Lynn and New Bedford), a sub-city district (Roxbury) and two towns in rural Franklin County (Greenfield and Orange), to examine the role of technology as a potential economic catalyst in rural and depressed places in Massachusetts. Though the five target areas vary in size, density, geographic area, demographic characteristics and economic resources, each exhibits chronic patterns of economic distress related to the decline of manufacturing, construction and other key industries.

By: Steven Landau , Rebecca Loveland, Dr. Zenia Kotva, Dr. John Mullin, Dr. Philip Hart


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