Learn about the Economic Development Planning Process

This statutory process will result in a strategic plan to guide economic policy over the next four years.

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Legislative Charge

Per Section 16G of Chapter 6A of the Massachusetts General Laws:

In the first year of a new Administration, the Secretary of housing and economic development, with the assistance of an economic development planning council appointed under this section, shall develop and implement

  • A written comprehensive economic development policy for the Commonwealth, and
  • A strategic plan for implementing the policy.

2019 Economic Development Plan Goals

  • Build on the successes of Opportunities for All
  • Uncover new ways to support economic growth
  • Address new and emerging needs


  • MAY: Convene Economic Development Planning Council
  • MAY / JUNE: Hold Regional Engagement Sessions
  • LATE JUNE: Second meeting of the EDPC
  • EARLY SEPTEMBER: Present Economic Development Plan to Council for review and approval
  • OCTOBER: Submit plan to Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies to schedule public hearing
  • NOVEMBER: Submit final plan to Governor for approval and signature

Engagement Opportunities


Engage stakeholders by region, and by topic area, to better understand what works, what doesn’t, and what new areas the Commonwealth should focus on over the next four years.

Engagement Opportunities

  • Regional Engagement Sessions
  • Issue-specific Deep Dive Sessions
    • Small group conversations around each policy area
    • Focused on convening experts in specific fields

Regional Engagement Sessions

North East
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Ellison Campus Center, Veterans Hall (2nd floor)
Salem State University, Salem

Pioneer Valley
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield

Merrimack Valley
Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Middlesex Community College, Lowell

South East
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Woodland Commons
UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth

Greater Boston
Tuesday, May 28th
Roxbury Community College, Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Roxbury Crossing

Thursday, May 30th
Clark University, Tilton Hall, 950 Main Street, Worcester

Cape & the Islands
Tuesday, June 4th
Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street, Chatham

Berkshire County
Thursday, June 13th
MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams

Metro West
Tuesday, June 25th
Framingham State University, McCarthy Center Forum Room, 100 State Street


    Discussion topics:

    • Access to Jobs & Workforce Development
    • Business Growth
    • Community & Neighborhood Development
    • Housing
    • Innovation & Start-ups
    • Key Clusters & Industries