Partnership Resources

The Partnership has provided a variety of resources over the years on a number of topics. Most consistently we have offered demographic and economic data on the 495/MetroWest region, consisting of 35 municipalities along I-495.  Each year we are pleased to provide our Strength in Numbers Report, which demonstrates our economic importance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as our attractive locale for employers and residents alike.  Please check out this year's Report and more in the links below or on the various resource pages on this website.

 

July 2020

The 495/MetroWest Partnership and the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth have released a data brief, Frontline Workers in the 495/MetroWest Region, aimed at generating a better understanding of who has been working on the frontlines of the pandemic in the 495/MetroWest region. During the COVID-19 crisis, the nation has become highly dependent on “frontline workers,” defined for the purposes of the data brief as people whose essential jobs must continue functioning and cannot be done from home. Click here to access the full data brief, Frontline Workers in the 495/MetroWest Region.

The brief was prepared by the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth, on behalf of the 495/MetroWest Partnership as part of ongoing follow-up work the Partnership leads for the Suburban Edge Community Commission (SECC). The SECC was established by the Legislature in 2015 to study challenges to development in communities along I-495.

 

March 2020

In March 2020, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed two major pieces of transportation legislation, dealing with transportation revenues and investments in the Commonwealth.

Summary of House Transportation Bond Bill

MetroWest-specific Amendments to House Transportation Bond Bill

Both items now move to the Senate for consideration, which is expected to take up each in the coming months.

 

June 2018

The Partnership hosted a forum on Positioning Priority Development Areas for Success, releasing several Partnership reports in addition to hosting Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Assistant Secretary of Communities and Programs Juan Vega on the MassWorks Program and MassDevelopment's Director of Land Entitlements and Master Planning Ed Starzec on their Site Readiness Program.   The impetus for the event is the Partnership's work with Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) on updating the 495/MetroWest Region's Priority Development Areas (PDAs) thanks, in part, to funding from the Site Readiness Program.  Partnership staff is still sorting through the updates from our 35 communities but in the meantime we were treated to two detailed presentations by Shrewsbury's Assistant Town Manager Kristen Las and Littleton's Town Manager Keith Bergman (see links to the presentations below).  Additionally, the Partnership released our annual Strength in Numbers report along with a few other resources (see below).

Partnership Resources:

Presentations:

                   

 

Related Links:

 

                                    

                   MassDevelopment

 

 

 

May 2017

The Partnership hosted an Economic Forum on May 25, 2017, releasing several Partnership reports in addition to hosting MassEcon for a presentation on their 2017 Report, Choosing Massachusetts for Business: Key Factors in Location Decision Making.  

View the MassEcon Presentation by Mark Melnik, Director of UMass Donahue Institute's Economic and Public Policy Research Group.

Partnership Resources released at the May event included both regional level data and community specific data:

2017 Strength in Numbers

2017 Municipal Profiles

2017 Transwestern Commercial Real Estate Report

495/MetroWest on the Go Commuting Report

 

 

 

 
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