A regional marketing and development initiative that highlights priority development projects and provides quick links to key municipal officials, zoning information, and community organizations.

Economic Development Studies and Initiatives

Economic-Development-AnnouncementThe Commonwealth’s Economic Development Plan

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito endorsed and signed the Commonwealth’s economic development plan on December 23, 2015.   This is a document that will guide the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development strategy.

Opportunities for All:   The Baker-Polito Strategy and Plan for Making Opportunities Great Everywhere

The Merrimack Valley’s Economic Development Plan

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a master plan for economic development for the 15 communities in the Merrimack Valley Region. It is funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and was developed in conjunction with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee, comprised of stakeholders from around the region. Below you will find the CEDS report in its entirety, the 2015 annual update/executive summary, the 2014-2015 final progress report and a listing of members of the CEDS Committee.

2013 Merrimack Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

2016 Merrimack Valley CEDS Committee Members

2016 CEDS Annual Update Executive Summary

2015 CEDS Annual Update – Executive Summary

2014-2015 CEDS Final Progress Report.   This progress report highlights recent MVPC activities that address the goals and objectives of our regional CEDS.    These activities have been carried out in partnership with numerous private, public and nonprofit organizations.

Job Growth in the Merrimack Valley

Here you will find a Local Hiring Memorandum of Understanding between the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.  This agreement therefore promotes Merrimack Valley resident participation in the implementation of MVPC regional plans and in correlated MVWIB-sponsored job training. It especially promotes local hiring in the high unemployment municipalities of Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill.  This MOU covers residential, institutional, industrial, commercial development and/or construction projects in any of the 15 communities in the district

Economic Reports

Below you will find reports relative to economic development; whether it includes the impact of state investment in gateway cities and transformative development, economic development organizations, the impact of public transit and the role of life sciences,  or promotion of immigrant entrepreneurship, .. as we find reports we think you will find interesting to economic development, we post them here for you!

rebuilding renewalRebuilding Renewal:   An Analysis of State Investment in Gateway Cities and a Work Plan for Delivering Transformative Development – May 2016
Authors(s) :Daniel Hodge, Ben Forman, Ian Jakus and Matthew O’Brien

Leading TOGETHER:   Building Private Nonprofit Economic Development Organizations for Gateway City Growth & Renewal  – December 2015
Mass Inc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute
Authors: Gordon Carr and Benjamin Forman

Going for Growth: Enhancing the Economic Impact of Public Transit in Gateway Cities with Comprehensive Service Planning – July 2014
MassInc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Policy Brief
Authors: Mary Ebeling, Benjamin Forman, Rich Parr, and Megan Aki

Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development: The Role of the MA Life Sciences Center2013
Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University and the Boston Foundation
Authors: Barry Bluestone and Alan Clayton-Matthews

Going for Growth: Promoting Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts Gateway CitiesFebruary 2014
MassInc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Policy Brief
Authors: Benjamin Forman and Sandra Larson