495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc.

Leaders for Regional Prosperity


Thank you for visiting the website of the 495/MetroWest Partnership! 

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. 

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Click here to watch our December 9th Business Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest Panel Discussion!

Click here to access our 2020 Strength in Numbers Report.

Click here to access the Demographic & Economic Profile of the 495/MetroWest Region 2020

During the COVID-19/ coronavirus public health emergency, the Partnership has been putting out regular email resource updates for our partners in business, local government, education, and community-based and non-profit organizations. Each of those updates can be found below:

January 20th Update

January 15th Update

January 13th Update

January 7th Update: Summaries of Key Legislation

December 28th Update: New Small Business Grant Program Information Now Available

December 22nd Update: Reopening Update: New Capacity Limits Effective Saturday

December 21st Update: Federal COVID-19 Relief Spending Package Summary

December 15th Update

December 8th Update: Reopening Update: State Rolls Back to Phase 3, Step 1 Effective Sunday

December 8th Update

December 3rd Update

November 30th Update

November 18th Update

November 10th Update: Transportation Update: Proposed MBTA Service Reductions

November 5th Update

November 2nd Update: Reopening Update: New Restrictions Announced to Combat Rising COVID-19 Cases

October 29th Update

October 22nd Update

October 16th Update

October 14th Update

October 8th Update

September 29th Update: Reopening Update: Step 2 of Phase III for Lower Risk Communities

September 23rd Update: Reopening Update: New Restaurant Guidance Issued

September 22nd Update

September 16th Update

September 9th Update

September 3rd Update

August 25th Update

August 12th Update

August 7th Update:
Reopening Changes Announced to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

August 5th Update

July 29th Update

July 24th Update: COVID-19 Travel Order

July 21st Update

July 17th Update

July 15th Update

July 10th Update

July 7: Data Brief Frontline Workers in the 495/MetroWest Region

July 2nd Update: Phase 3 Reopening Information

July 2nd Update

June 29th Update

June 24th Update

June 19th Update

June 17th Update: Shared Streets & Spaces Application Information

June 11th Update

June 7th Update

June 4th Update

June 1st Update: Further Phase 2 Reopening Information, Including Retail

May 29th Update: Restaurant & Lodging Reopening Guidance Released

May 28th Update

May 22nd Update

May 18th Update: Overview of Massachusetts Reopening Plan

May 14th Update

May 11th Update: Gov. Baker Announces Phased Reopening Approach & Workplace Safety Standards

May 8th Update

May 1st Update

April 29th Update

April 23rd Update

April 20th Update

April 14th Update: Summary of Virtual Economic Roundtable Hosted by House and Senate Ways & Means Committees

April 9th Update

April 3rd Update

April 1st Update

March 23rd Update

March 18th Update

March 16th Update


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Executive Director Announcement

December 2019

Dear Valued Community Members,

On behalf of the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership Officers, I want to announce that Jason Palitsch has been selected as the new Executive Director. 

On Friday, December 27, Jason Palitsch signed a letter of employment agreement to be the Executive Director with a start date of January 21, 2020. Jason's most recent role was with Veteran's Inc. as Government Affairs Manager. Jason is a Shrewsbury resident and is on the Shrewsbury School Committee.

Jason brings not only his terrific experience which is varied, but also, enthusiasm, innovation and excitement for being named the new Executive Director of this outstanding organization.

It is hard to believe we set out on this task many months ago, however, we feel Jason is the right choice to lead the Partnership in the new decade.

We appreciate the knowledge and support of the search committee on this very important endeavor.

Thank you again for your support of the Partnership and of the region.

Happy, Healthy New Year and we look forward to seeing you when we introduce Jason as the new Executive Director in person.


All the best,

Kristen D. Las, AICP
Public Sector Co-Chair



Strength in Numbers 2019 Edition

The 495 MetroWest Partnership is pleased to announce the latest edition of our demographic report for the region's 35 communities. Over the course of a year, the region has experienced significant growth in a number of notable areas, demonstrating the region's continued transformation into one of Massachusetts' most promising areas for employers, jobs, and quality of life. Highlights include:

-Over $24.5 Billion in annual payroll;

- A highly educated workforce, with 58.3% of the population holding a bachelor's degree or higher;

- Lowest unemployment rate since 2000; and

-  A 70% commercial real estate pricing advantage when compared to Boston and Cambridge markets.

These highlights are only a small sampling of the region's achievements during the past year. To view the full report, click here.

If communities or employers in the 495/MetroWest region are interested in specific town data, please visit the 495MW Community Reports 2018 page under Resources.

The report was released in April at the Partnership's annual State House Day event (see this MetroWest Daily News article).



495/MetroWest Commercial Real Estate Report by CBRE

For a number of years the 495/MetroWest Partnership has commissioned an annual Real Estate Report.  We are pleased to partner with CBRE on this valuable resource analyzing the commercial real estate market in the 495/MetroWest Region.  We are happy to share the new report in support of our mission to advance the economic growth in our region.  Click on the image below to download the 2019 Report.



2018/2019 Annual Report

Be sure to check out our 2018-2019 Annual Report:

Partnering for the Region, Succeeding for the Commonwealth!


MetroWest Daily News Coverage of 2018 Annual Conference:


Gov. Charlie Baker vows to upgrade core MBTA infrastructure


495/MetroWest report highlights success in regional economy



The 2018 Results Are In!  495/MetroWest Employer Survey & Forecast

As a public-private non-profit charged with the 495/MetroWest regional economy,

the 495/MetroWest Partnership is proud of the success of our regional employer survey with

Framingham State University and we welcome our new media partner, The MetroWest Daily

News. The results of our 5th Annual Survey are in and we have no doubt that the information will

continue to provide regional leaders and policymakers with hard data on the business conditions

facing our employers as well as top concerns for the year ahead. 


Special thanks to Dr. Michael Harrison of Framingham State University for his Summary and Presentation on the Results:


MetroWest Daily News Coverage:

Despite global uncertainty, businesses predict strong economy next year by Jonathan Phelps

The Importance of a well-connected transportation network by the Partnership's Executive Director Paul Matthews

Business survey shows 'stable optimism' for MetroWest, Milford economies by Jonathan Phelps

Employers we need your help to gauge the local business climate by Dan O'Brien


Special thanks to those of you who took the time to participate in the sixth year of this important survey, and we look forward to your participation next year!  We also want to thank our distinguished speakers and panelists from our Economic Pulse Event:

President Javier Cevallos of Framingham State University

Senate President Karen Spilka

Representative Carolyn Dykema

George Fournier, VP of Supply Chain for Cumberland Farms

Gary Holmes, President of R.W. Holmes Realty

Tim Nelson, Senior Planner for Boston Scientific



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