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    Building Talent

    Governor Patrick discusses a unified community college system with legislators.

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    Innovation Economy

    Hearth Wood Fired Bread in Plymouth expands with Administration’s help.

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  • Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century

    Empowering Regions

    Secretary Bialecki at an old hangar being demolished for a new road at SouthField.

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    Ease of Doing Business

    Governor Patrick discusses regulatory reform with The Alliance for Business Leadership.

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    Improving Cost Competitiveness

    Lowering health care costs as part of the State of the Commonwealth address.

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An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity 

At the second annual Massachusetts Economic Development Summit on April 10, Governor Deval Patrick announced new legislation, An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity, to build on the Patrick Administration’s proven growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure that has led to record job creation and made the Commonwealth a leader in the global economy. This bill will accomplish two economic development goals that are consistent with the state’s economic development plan, Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century, by broadly expanding opportunities for communities throughout the state and by accelerating the growth of the Commonwealth’s thriving innovation economy.

A summary of the bill can be found here pdf format of Economic Development Bill Summary
. For a copy of the legislation, click here. To read the Governor’s remarks about this legislation, click here.  For questions about the legislation, contact Steve Burm at, EOHED Director of Legislative Affairs.  For press requests, contact Press Secretary Matt Sheaff at



The Patrick Administration has learned that we make the most progress on economic development and job creation issues when business, government and the academic community work on these issues together. The Administration has worked with its private and academic partners to create an economic development strategy that develops a common agenda for continued progress. The plan includes five strategic goals, and 55 action steps that will help us successfully advance each goal. The plan is continually updated, but for more information and updates on specific initiatives, please visit the following pages:

To read a copy of the plan, review the strategy document. To find out more about each of the five elements of the plan, click on one of the links to the left.

The plan was a project created by a 34-member advisory council . Find out who is on the council, which continues to play a role in moving the plan forward.