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

MBTA Advisory Board and MassINC to host National Transit Summit in May

MassINC, together with the MBTA Advisory Board, will host “Next Stop: A National Summit on the Future of Transit,” on May 18th at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.   The National Transit Summit, featuring Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and the transit chiefs of the nation’s largest systems, brings together practitioners and policymakers, environmentalists and

Is $200K the new magic number?

Sunday’s (March 28) Boston Globe had a sobering story that 13 private colleges in Massachusetts will charge at least $50,000 in tuition, room and board, and fees next year.  That’s $200,000 for four years of college and, no matter how you cut it, that’s a lot of money. No surprise that the story resonates.  On

Economic development reform bill missing key transparency provisions

Senate President Therese Murray’s economic development bill scheduled for debate this Thursday includes a number of smart ideas. Topping the list are proposals to make state economic development spending more effective by: Forming a performance management office to evaluate state economic development investments; Requiring new administrations to develop a statewide economic development strategy; and Establishing a

Source 2.0: Using Twitter to connect with reporters

2 Thursday, March 25, 2010 For business leaders, being quoted frequently in the media is money in the bank: it builds credibility and shows that objective, outsider observers value what they have to say. To become a go-to source, prospective pundits—as in the past—must have good subject matter expertise, the ability to speak in soundbites,

Actions try to speak louder than words

It’s not always the titans of media that carry the fight for the First Amendment. Often, some of the most principled defenders of free speech are those whose names we may never hear or remember. For every Judith Miller there is a Susan Fitzgerald, whose David vs. Goliath battle with the Southborough Board of Selectmen

Two-part Globe series spotlights MassINC research

A two-part Boston Globe series examining the state’s economic development investments in revitalizing cities brings to light problems exposed in a 2008 MassINC study, Going for Growth: Promoting Business Investment in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. The Globe details how the state’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) –designed to spur investment in older urban areas with legitimate

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