Mass. employment hits all-time high – 4/17/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews says Massachusetts’ job growth is on a steady trend that’s likely to continue.

Siemens offers $660 million to help narrow skills gap – 4/16/14

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An aging manufacturing sector workforce will open up 100,000 jobs in the next decade, says Barry Bluestone. Jobs that may not be filled if more students aren’t trained for them.

Boston’s parking solution is not more parking – 4/15/14

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Associate Director Stephanie Pollack tells Paul McMorrow that Dukakis Center data shows heavy drivers live in homes that provide parking and those who use transit tend to avoid homes with parking.

Smarter Parking, Better Communities

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On April 8, 2014,  at the Sparking New Ideas conference, Stephanie Pollack discussed smarter parking policy alternatives that create better communities. Download the presentation: Smarter Parking, Better Communities

The Boston Globe – This spring, there’s more than a hint of optimism in the air – 4/7/2014

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Is this the year the US economy finally takes off? Despite a slow start in 2014, many economists say, “Yes.”

The MetroWest Daily News – Ballot question could halt tax – 4/5/2014

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Stephanie Pollack told the Daily News that Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states that are indexing gas taxes to inflation.

Stephanie Pollack named to Mayor Walsh’s climate action plan steering committee

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On April 4, 2014, Mayor Walsh announced the creation of the 2014 Climate Action Plan Steering Committee, which will help guide the update of Boston’s Climate Action Plan.

Wicked Local – Report: Saugus lagging in permit process, traffic – 3/28/14

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A slow, unwieldy permitting process, congested traffic and an unattractive business environment are all holding Saugus back from growth, according to a Northeastern University study.

The Boston Globe – Hailing 12 who jump at chance to help – 3/26/14

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Barry Bluestone was honored by the business networking organization Get Konnected at a gala on Tuesday night for “diversity game changers.”

Worcester Business Journal – Economist: Worcester doing everything right – 3/21/14

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Worcester has grown jobs and is decreasing the time it takes for developers to get permits – both indicators that they’re doing everything right according to Barry Bluestone.

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