Community & Economic Development

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We Can Help Your Town

We have experience in providing assessment and planning for active town centers, understanding local retail opportunities, engaging the community to identify what town residents want for their community, and more. Contact us to find out how we can help strenghten your local economy.

Market Studies

Here's a sample of past work MAPC has done to advance the community and economic development of cities and towns across the Commonwealth. 

(Click on photo to read the full report)

halls corner report cover

Author: Amanda Chisholm


Lake Massapoag report cover 

Author: Christine Madore


shirley ave report cover

Author: Amanda Chisholm


salem point report cover

Author: Matthew Smith


scituate report cover 

Author: Matthew Smith


stoneham report cover

Author: Matthew Smith 


east dedham report cover 

Author: Matthew Smith


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Author: James Freas



Created by: Andrei Paladi

Relevant Research:

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

MAPC has a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) with goals for the region that include economic development policies and practices driven by MetroFuture, our regional plan.  The CEDS identifies barriers to economic development; calls out the need for transportation systems that are adequately financed; and asks that we build on our existing strengths in looking towards the future.

The Draft 2015 CEDS is available for review below and will be posted for a 30 day comment period ending on August 15, 2015.  Comments should be submitted to

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Metropolitan Boston

Economic Development in the Commonwealth

In 2011, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted "Choosing to Compete: An Economic Development Policy and Strategic Plan." The plan has guided state policy to build a more competitive Massachusetts economy. Find out more here.

Governor Baker has appointed two dynamic and results-orientated individuals to continue driving Massachusetts' economic development forward. Jay Ash now serves as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and Carolyn Kirk serves as Deputy Secretary. 

New Initiatives

Art and culture add vibrancy to places and neighborhoods, and can be an integral part of community planning and economic development. Learn more about the arts and culture goals and strategies outlined in our MetroFuture regional plan and about the resources and technical assistance we can provide: The city of Lynn offers the Raw Art Works Program, a safe space for young artists in the community to come together, learn, and grow as artists.

Additional Resources

Interested in learning more about economic development in the region? Click here for a list of external resources.

Learn more

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Chisholm, Regional Planner, or Matthew Smith, Senior Economic Development Planner.