Commonwealth Releases Economic Development Policy and Strategic Plan

The Commonwealth has issued its strategic plan for economic development in Massachusetts entitled, “Choosing to Compete In the 21st Century.”  The Plan is required under the comprehensive economic development reform legislation enacted in 2010.  The Economic Development Planning Council, lead by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki, issued the Plan.  MetroWest’s own Bonnie Biocchi (President of the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce) and State Senator Karen Spilka (whose district includes Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick) served on the Council. 

The Council’s Plan advances “5 steps toward a more competitive Massachusetts economy:” 

  1. Advance education and workforce development for middle-skill jobs through coordination of education, economic development and workforce development programs.
  2. Support innovation and entrepreneurship.
  3. Support regional development through infrastructure investments and local empowerment.
  4. Increase the ease of doing business.
  5. Address our cost competiveness.  

While these are certainly laudable goals, perhaps more important are the 55 action steps identified for executing the Plan.  Look for Secretary Bialecki’s office to hold a series of regional meetings of public and private community leaders to identify ways to implement these action steps across the Commonwealth. 

To review the Plan itself, click here:  http://www.mass.gov/hed/docs/eohed/economicdevpolicystrategy.pdf

About David McCay

Dave is a partner in the firm’s litigation and land use groups where he assists clients in the resolution of complex real estate, environmental and business disputes. He also represents property owners and developers in local land use permitting matters. Dave is active in the Boroughs+ region serving as the Chair of the Southborough Economic Development Committee and as immediate Past Chair of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the Advisory Board of the MetroWest Economic Research Center at Framingham State University, and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. Dave lives in Southborough with his wife and two sons.
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