495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc.

Leaders for Regional Prosperity

The 495/MetroWest Partnership, through a unique public-private collaboration with businesses, municipalities, and other stakeholders, is the regional leader for creating an environment that prepares for and cultivates sustainable growth. We accomplish this by coordinating, educating, and advocating for solutions to regional constraints and limited natural resources. 

Please take a moment to review our accomplishments in our 2014 Annual Report: Grow in 495/MetroWest!  And be sure to follow us on social media!



I-90/I-495 Interchange Improvements Project

The Partnership has been pleased to host two meetings on this project, given its importance to our region and its status as #6 on our 495/MetroWest Region's 2014 Top Ten Transportation Nightmares.  For your convenience, we have provided links to the Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the project (filed March 2, 2015 with comments due March 31, 2015) as well as the MassDOT presentation from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Scoping Session on March 19, 2015.  Visit our Transportation Committee page, listed under Institute for Local Issues, for more details on our work on behalf of the 495/MetroWest region.


Updates to the EDIP

The Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) and the Partnership invited municipal representatives and other economic development partners to attend an information session in November 2014, to learn about the 2014 legislative and procedural changes to the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), that resulted from the signing of “An Act to Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth” by Governor Deval Patrick in August 2014. Topics that were covered in the session included:
* Brief Program Overview;
* Economic Target Areas (ETAs) and Economic Opportunity Areas (EOAs) Changes: All 351 MA communities can now participate in the EDIP!;
* Streamlining of Municipal Process for Tax Increment Financing Agreements (TIFs) and Special Tax Assessments (STAs);
* New Tax Credit: The Job Creation Project Credit; and
* Certified Project Revocation: Process for communities to keep Local Incentive when state decertifies.

If you were not able to attend, we hope you find the PRESENTATION a useful resource.


2014 Business Climate Survey

On behalf of the 495/MetroWest Partnership and our survey partners Framingham State University and the MetroWest 495BIZ publication of the Worcester Business Journal, we are pleased to share with you the results of our second annual Employer Survey.  We would also like to thank our outreach partners and event panelists from the Corridor 9 Area, Marlborough Regional, MetroWest and Milford Area Chambers of Commerce.  Similar to last year's survey, sentiments among employers in the 495/MetroWest region are positive but demonstrate increased caution this year.  As a public-private non-profit focused on ensuring the success of the regional economy, we hope you find the results, accompanying presentation, and media coverage informative.  The Partnership will continue to use this data on the business conditions facing our employers with regional leaders and policymakers to advance our regional economy.


* Survey Results Presentation by Dr. Michael Harrison, Framingham State University Business Department


* Behind the Survey Data

(Guest Column by Paul Matthews, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership)


* The MetroWest/495 economy: Slow and steady as it Grows

(MetroWest 495BIZ survey results publication)


August 28th Event Coverage:

* MetroWest Leaders call for more transportation, 'soft skills'  by Emily Micucci for MetroWest 495BIZ

* Survey shows businesses 'cautiosly optimistic' by Brian Benson for MetroWest Daily News






Transportation Nightmares 2014

Following a successful nomination process in 2004, which identified the 495/MetroWest region's top transportation priorities and resulted in several studies and plans, new transit options, construction projects, and infrastructure improvements in the region, the 495/MetroWest Partnership again partnered with the MetroWest Daily News to identify the top ten Transportation Nightmares in the 495/MetroWest region. 

If you missed the reveal of the new Nightmares list,  be sure to check out the new interactive site and be part of the Partnership's advocacy for transportation investments in the region.  The Partnership thanks VHB for creating and hosting the site which includes interactive maps, updates on the 2004 Nightmares, and links to the MetroWest Daily News coverage!

The Partnership also thanks readers, residents, and employers for participating in the public nomination process, helping to focus the Partnership's advocacy efforts on the projects important to the residents and regional economy in 495/MetroWest!

READ MORE on the new Nightmares site!



Grow in 495/MetroWest!

During the 495/MetroWest Partnership's ten year history serving 33 communities in the region, our organization has established a record of accomplishment, particularly working with large scale employers to foster and encourage their retention and expansion here.  As a public-private regional economic development organization, we have developed a strong working relationship with our communities and our state economic development agencies and relevant quasi-public agencies to provide regional involvement, support and input into the state's development initiatives.  

Our mission is to ensure the economic strength of the region.  We do this by demonstrating the economic importance of our region in documents such as Strength in Numbers, through commissioning of reports like Transwestern│RBJ's Commercial Real Estate Report, Employer Survey initiatives with Framingham State University and the MetroWest/495BIZ publication of Worcester Business Journal and through our new Grow in 495/MetroWest inquiry tool, designed to help regional employers and outside companies with their expansion and location needs.

Follow this initiative on Twitter using #Growin495MW  


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