MassChallenge launches startup competition

2 Tuesday, April 20, 2010 I’m not a founder of a startup, nor do I work for one, but whenever I’m around one or more entrepreneurs I get the urge to start my own business.  This is exactly the effect that MassChallenge is trying to capitalize on with the launch of their global startup competition.

Globe’s dominating presence at GOP convention

If the GOP state convention in Worcester over the weekend is any indication, the Globe is still the paper of record for all things local, especially when it comes to politics. The paper launched all ships Saturday in sending five reporters; three columnists, two from Op-Ed and one from the Metro section; at least two

New MassINC report points to concentration of predatory tax and lending practices in Gateway Cities

A new MassINC report on promoting wealth-building in Gateway Cities shows that residents of these economically distressed communities disproportionately turn to high-cost financial services such as pawn shops and check cashing stores as an alternative to more traditional banking options. In the third of its “Going for Growth” series on Gateway City revitalization strategies, MassINC

“Planning for College” event calls for larger consumer role in higher ed

Congressman John Tierney gave the keynote address at MassINC’s recent event at Suffolk University, “College Planning in a Consumer-Focused Higher Education Marketplace.”  The event was a discussion about MassINC’s latest research report, Planning for College: A Consumer Approach to the Higher Education Marketplace, which calls attention to the rising costs and complex financial decisions facing families as

South Coast Rail as economic development

Rail project director Kristina Egan describes corridor’s long-term potential. Kristina Egan leads the Patrick administration’s South Coast Rail project, which in 2008 issued a plan that many have called a model for rational regional land use planning. The plan aligns development patterns with the proposed new rail line. If implemented, this approach could reduce congestion,

Duquette’s ticket absurdity

The ethics charges against former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, detailed in today’s Boston Globe, highlight once again the absurdity of the state’s ticket resale law. Duquette is accused of violating the state’s conflict of interest law by selling Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto two tickets to a Red Sox-Cardinals World Series game at Fenway

Yin and yang

The Boston Globe and the Herald cover the same city, but sometimes you’d never know if from reading the respective newspapers. Today, for example, the two papers were more in sync than usual. They both featured on Page One stories about the city of Boston’s push for more in-lieu-of-tax money from its nonprofit sector. The

New Jersey offers new model for economic development reform

2 Tuesday, April 6, 2010 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has taken dramatic steps to reform state economic development incentives mirroring recommendations described in a 2008 MassINC policy brief. Governor Christie’s budget proposal cuts $30 million in inefficient business tax credits, and eliminates the New Jersey film tax credit. From the savings, $22 million are

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