Rob Anderson, Regional Director
Massachusetts Office of Business Development
Innovation Building, Mass. Tech Collaborative
75 North Drive, Westborough, MA 01581
The Metro West Region, offering outstanding opportunities for business expansion and investment.
- Comprised of 44 municipalities west of Boston in the greater Interstate 495 area;
- Centrally located between the urban centers of Boston and Worcester, the Metro West region has emerged as a dynamic, economic powerhouse of significant importance to the Commonwealth;
- A key source of highly educated and skilled workers for the state's high technology and life sciences employers; and
- Many internationally known Massachusetts companies are headquartered in the Metro West, including: Analog Devices, BJs, Bose, Boston Scientific, Cognex, EMC, MathWorks, Staples, TJX, and TripAdvisor.
Industry, Education, and Workforce
- The Metro West has a vibrant and diverse workforce, with key industry sectors such as information technology, biotech and life sciences, medical device, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and professional, scientific and technical services;
- The region boasts a high density of highly skilled residents, as almost 50% of those aged 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree, while around 20% have also achieved a graduate or professional degree contributing to the economic success of both the region and the Commonwealth;
- Region offers a wide range of opportunities for education and training. For post-secondary work, the area is home to several colleges and universities among them: Babson College, Bentley College, Boston College, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State College, Dean College, Framingham State College, Stonehill College, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College.
Infrastructure and Permitting
- Ease of access to I-90, I-95, I-290, I-495, and Route 9 provides convenient transportation options throughout the MetroWest region;
- Commuter rail service is available to Boston from stations throughout the region on both the Framingham/Worcester, and Franklin lines;
- Several communities in MetroWest offer expedited permitting to promote investment in designated priority development sites:
Quality of Life
- Region offers a broad range of housing options, diverse employment opportunities, and excellent primary and secondary schools;
- Home to many attractions, from farms and orchards to state parks, museums and cultural centers including: the Danforth Museum of Art, the Framingham Historical Society and Museum, the Franklin Performing Arts Company, the Fuller Museum of Art, the Center for Arts in Natick, the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, and the Tweeter Center for Performing Arts.
- Other points of interest include: America's Oldest Library in Franklin, spectacular golf courses (such as the Tournament Players Club in Norton), and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough - home to the New England Revolution and the New England Patriots.
Acton, Ashland, Attleboro, Avon, Bellingham, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Concord, Dover, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Mansfield, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Northborough, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoughton, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, West Bridgewater, Westborough, Westwood, Wrentham
- 495/MetroWest Partnership
- Choose Framingham
- Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce
- Leadership MetroWest
- Marlborough Economic Development Corporation
- Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development
- Mass Development
- MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce
- MetroWest Chamber Of Commerce
- MetroWest Economic Research Center
- MetroWest Regional Transit Authority
- Milford Area Chamber of Commerce
- Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce
- United Regional Chamber of Commerce