Community & Economic Development

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How can MAPC help your community?

Our challenge is to stimulate job creation that builds prosperity; we remain mindful that the people who hold those jobs want to live in communities that promise equity, health, sustainability, safety, and a public realm that is a pleasure to be in and not a challenge to get through. 

That’s not just economic growth, but real community development.

MAPC offers economic development services that are rooted in a knowledge of the history, culture, and challenges of each of its 101 cities and towns. We identify and then promote change appropriate to each individual community.

  • Market analysis (commercial, office, residential)
  • Comprehensive economic development strategy/planning
  • Transportation oriented development (TOD) planning
  • Corridor planning
  • Zoning to encourage econpmic development (mixed use, TOD, 40R, etc.)
  • Priority development site identification 
  • Master planning 

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.

Submit a proposal for professional planning here.

Ongoing Projects

Albion Arts Corridor Economic Development Plan



Recent Projects & 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)


Author: Christine Madore, Emily Torres-Cullinane, Emma Schnur

Author: Chris Kuschel, Amanda Chisholm, Sarah Kurpiel, Mark Racicot

Author: Amanda Chisholm

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Author: Amanda Chisholm

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



Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

MAPC has a 2015 to 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) with goals for the region that include economic development policies and practices driven by MetroFuture, our regional plan.  We post the document in full, on this page.

The CEDS identifies barriers to economic development; calls out the need for transportation systems that are adequately financed; and seeks to build on existing strengths in looking towards the future.

While the CEDS is a Five Year Plan, the document is updated annually.  Please look for the updates during August of 2016.


LGBT Business Builder

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration recently sponsored the LGBT Business Builder, which was, in the words of SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, "[...] about ensuring that entrepreneurs who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender have the support they need to excel. I'm here because we cannot separate the fight for civil rights from the fight for market rights and economic empowerment." Read more about the program here.

An act relative to job creation and workforce development

Read Governor Baker's Press Release here

Find the full text here

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, AICP, Chief Economic Development Planner