The Boston Globe – Report cites benefits from Mass. green campaign


Alan Clayton-Matthews comments on the impact that the Green Communities Act will have on Massachusetts’ economy.

Clayton-Matthews predicts potential for economic losses at outside summer events due to lingering fear from Boston marathon bombings


Economics? Biggest loss is yet to come, experts say

By Jack Minch and Jennifer Swift New Haven Register

The biggest economic impact to Friday’s lockdown of Greater Boston is yet to come, said Northeastern University economist and professor of public policy Alan Clayton-Matthews.

Illinois company in final stages of bidding to make high-speed rail cars for Amtrak


By Alejandra Cancino | Chicago Tribune | September 28, 2012

A rail manufacturer based in Illinois is in the final rounds of bidding to build 130 high-speed passenger rail cars for use on Amtrak routes in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and California.

The order would total $352.3 million.

The bid was submitted by Sumitomo Corp. of America and Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., which opened a $35 million passenger rail car plant in Rochelle in July.
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Joan Fitzgerald at the Inner City Economic Summit

ICIC summit

Joan Fitzgerald recently spoke on a panel at the Inner City Economic Summit, put on by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).

“Cities across the country are creating innovative models and collaborative partnerships to lay the groundwork for sustainable economic development. By identifying industry strengths and then connecting capital, land use and business development strategies to these, city leaders can have a greater impact on their communities. At the same time, these strategies need a specific focus on the city’s most distressed areas in order to ensure that all city residents have a path to economic opportunity. What Works case studies along with groundbreaking research will equip participants with a framework to create accessible jobs and maximize investment in their cities.” – description from the Summit program

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Economic challenges take center stage at Open Classroom


By Matt Collette | news @ Northeastern | September 14, 2012

Pres­i­dent Obama and Repub­lican chal­lenger Mitt Romney are rarely in the same place, either phys­i­cally or polit­i­cally. But on Wednesday, eco­nomic experts who have advised both men shared the stage to dis­cuss the fal­tering global economy and the role of fed­eral policy in addressing the crisis.

“At just about any point since the Second World War, the ques­tion was always quite clear and you knew what the prob­lems was,” said former Har­vard Uni­ver­sity pres­i­dent Larry Sum­mers, an econ­o­mist who headed the U.S. Trea­sury from 1999 to 2001 under Pres­i­dent Bill Clinton and served as eco­nomic adviser for Pres­i­dent Obama until 2010. “What stands out at this moment is that you can listen to a dis­cus­sion of some­thing like the deficit and there are two major cross-cutting themes.”

Sum­mers and Romney’s eco­nomic adviser, Greg Mankiw, the former chair of Pres­i­dent George W. Bush’s Council of Eco­nomic Advisers, dis­cussed the economy on Wednesday evening as part of the Open Class­room series spon­sored by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. The lec­ture series — The 2012 Elec­tion: Policy Advice to the Pres­i­dent — will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in 20 West Vil­lage F throughout the semester and is open to the public. Read More

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