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MassBenchmarks Journal

2015 volume 17 issue 1

Image of modern building on Journal cover.Massachusetts Economy Expansion Strongest Since 2000: Rising Tide is Beginning to Lift More Boats but Challenges Remain
Employment, GDP, and other economic indicators point to strong economic growth for the Bay State, but a few key issues cloud the outlook.
• Daniel Hodge and Robert Nakosteen

Massachusetts Tech Sector Gaining Momentum in the Wake of the Great Recession
A profile of the state's technology sector and its subsectors reveals their continued vitality and significant impact on the Massachusetts economy and its sectors.
• Branner Stewart and Rebecca Loveland

Small Cities, Big Ideas: Lessons from the First Year of the Working Cities Challenge
After its first year, The Working Cities Challenge — grant-based initiatives to transform local economies and cross-sector collaboration in six smaller Massachusetts cities — is yielding valuable lessons.
• Colleen Dawicki and Tamar Kotelchuck

End Notes: Targeted Redevelopment Assistance to Strengthen Massachusetts Gateway Cities
The Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) emphasizes the Commonwealth's commitment to Gateway Cities, and employs a neighborhood-level, multi-faceted urban development approach in conjunction with interconnected real estate projects.
• Jay Ash and Marty Jones

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