Testimonials from our Partners

“As a member of the Board of Directors of the 495 Partnership, I find the opportunities that the Partnership provides to be of tremendous and unparalleled professional value.  With its superior and knowledgeable staff, the Partnership strategically brings together folks from diverse backgrounds for information sharing, advocacy, training and education which facilitates collaborative action among various levels of government.  This region of the state is well positioned for economic and social prosperity because of the efficacy of the Partnership.”  Michelle Ciccolo, past Board member representing the Town of Hudson; President and CEO of The Ciccolo Group

“As the founding Private Sector co-chair, with then State Senator David Magnani, we set out to design and create a unique partnership that could represent a wide variety of interests for a whole region. Although this market area was the second largest economic driver in the Commonwealth, the I-495/MetroWest area was split into three different planning councils and the region was even represented on most maps with a dividing line running along the I-495 highway, splitting many communities.  With no clear voice for the region’s needs, the 495/MetroWest Partnership was born with a board purposely comprised of business, municipal, environmental, and planning interests.  Finally, the Partnership has earned the proper respect it has long, well deserved.”  David Begelfer, CEO of NAIOP Massachusetts

“The 495/MetroWest Partnership has been a leader, providing a common voice for the region on transportation, economic development and environmental issues.”  Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

“I’m proud to announce that the Partnership has not only met their original expectations, but exceeded them. Most importantly, the Partnership has fulfilled its promise to serve as our regional voice with policymakers, and its commitment to public-private collaboration has drawn increased attention to our regional needs.”  Ambassador Richard Egan, EMC Founder and one of the architects of the 495/MetroWest Partnership

"Working with the 495/Metrowest Partnership organization has allowed us to collaborate with other local companies, as well and local and state government officials, to optimize our presence in the region." Bob McDonald, Vice President,Common Support and Services, MassLab Senior Location Executive, IBM

“The 495/MetroWest Partnership serves an important role in bringing together leaders in the public and private sectors to identify the critical issues that impact our region. The MetroWest has become a significant economic engine for the state, and this collaboration among all of our communities has been a driver of regional investment, continued growth and economic success.”  State Senator Karen Spilka