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.

   

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Annual Conference - Thanks to All who made it a Success!

Grow in 495/MetroWest! Anuual Report

Special thanks to Dr. Beverly A. Scott, General Manager of the MBTA

 & to the Gubernatorial Candidates :

Charlie Baker

Don Berwick

Martha Coakley

Mark Fisher

Steve Grossman

Did you miss  the big reveal of the Partnership's 2014 Top Ten Transportation Nightmares?

(with special thanks to VHB for the presentation!)

TOP 10 TRANSPORTATION NIGHTMARES List

Nightmares Narrative

 

 

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors:

 

 

 

       

 

 GREEN INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATES, INC.      

  

 

 

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

The 495/MetroWest Partnership is pleased to release Strength In Numbers, providing an important update to the region’s demographic data.

This report was developed in pursuit of the Partnership’s mission.  We recognize the strength in numbers, and the 495/MetroWest region’s numbers demonstrate the value of our 33 communities to the overall economic strength of the Commonwealth. Given our educated workforce, payroll numbers, jobs and employers, the 495/MetroWest region continues to offer a high return on investment for the Commonwealth, a vibrant and diverse employment base, and an excellent quality of life.

Just a few of the region’s impressive numbers include:

• 1 in every 12 jobs in Massachusetts is located in the 495/MetroWest region.
• $19 billion annual payroll, or 1 in every 10 payroll dollars in the Commonwealth.
• 55.8% of the 495/MetroWest region’s population has earned bachelor’s degree or higher.
• The 495/MetroWest region’s unemployment rate has been consistently lower than both the state’s and nation’s.

The Partnership is pleased to aggregate these important statistics in our effort to ensure the region’s continued economic success and prosperity.

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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  

 

 

The Partnership Honors 2013 Leaders

On December 5, 2013, the 495/MetroWest Partnership honored the 2013 recipients of the Ambassador Richard J. Egan Award for Private Sector Leadership and the Donald R. Wheeler Award for Public Sector Leadership.  The Ambassador Egan Award was given to Jeanne O'Keefe, on behalf of MathWorks.  MathWorks hired more than 400 people in 2012 and will add approximately 300 more by year end.  In April 2013, MathWorks expanded its footprint in Natick by an additional 500,000 sf, with the purchase of the former headquarters of Boston Scientific, now renamed Lakeside Campus of MathWorks.  MathWorks will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2014, having been profitable in each of those years.  The Partnership was pleased to honor MathWorks for their commitment to the 495/MetroWest Region and for their overall growth and success.

This year's Wheeler Award went to Doug Halley, Health Director for the Town of Acton for his work on CrossTown Connect, the newest Transportation Management Association (TMA) in Massachusetts.  Mr. Halley has taken a lead in organizing and applying for several successful grants which made possible  the creation of the municipally-led TMA.  CrossTown Connect currently includes the towns of Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, Maynard and Stow, all 495/MetroWest Partnership communities, as well as a private sector partner, Clock Tower Place in Maynard.  Membership is expected to grow as the service progresses.  This new service will allow greater options, opportunities and efficiencies in public transit in the region.  The Partnership has been supportive of this effort and was pleased to honor Mr. Halley for his work on the project.

 
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