Press and Publications

City of Boston Small Business Plan

Boston’s first-ever Small Business Plan offers a comprehensive overview of the city’s small business ecosystem and outlines strategies and initiatives to improve small business supports and services in the city.
View the Small Business Plan press release
View the City of Boston Small Business Plan
View a Boston Globe article on the project

The Atlanta BeltLine Integrated Action Plan for Economic Development, Housing, and Real Estate

Mass Economics created the economic development strategy for the Atlanta BeltLine. The strategy includes the identification of potential cluster opportunities, assessment of workforce assets, land use recommendations, and the identification of potential partners and funding sources.
View the Integrated Action Plan

Future Ground New Orleans

Mass Economics participated in a winning team for a New Orleans design competition tackling blight.
View our team’s Future Ground proposal
View the Future Ground website
View a Fast Co.Exist article about Future Ground 

Greensboro Strong Cities, Strong Communities Challenge

Mass Economics’ Global Greensboro plan was a finalist in the national Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) competition managed by the Economic Development Administration.
View the Global Greensboro plan 

Assessing Innovation Districts

Mass Economics worked with the Brookings Institution to develop a template to identify and assess innovation districts across the U.S. Currently, we are working with Brookings to perform deep-dive audits of innovation district assets and activities in Philadelphia’s University City and Oklahoma City’s medical district.
View a presentation featuring our Oklahoma City analysis 
View a Brookings article mentioning our work 

Linking Regional Clusters with Targeted Urban Places

This project created an economic development land-use framework to support the revitalization of industrial districts in Indianapolis. The study identified location patterns and site demands for three economic clusters projected to experience growth in Indianapolis over the next decade.
View the study 
View a Mass Economics presentation on land use in legacy cities
View an article on the project 
View an article on LISC Indianapolis that mentions our work 

Site Revitalization in Atlanta

In a project for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Mass Economics and other partners performed an analysis of potentially economically transformative uses of a 31-acre site in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta.
View an overview of the University Avenue findings 

Detroit Future City

This award-winning framework provides a long-term strategy for Detroit’s economy, land use, and neighborhood development.
View the report here

Detroit D2D

Mass Economics and partners identified the largest and most promising segments for local purchasing in Detroit. The resulting D2D program strengthened the local business-to-business cluster in Detroit by increasing buyer engagement and purchasing commitments and creating supplier training and matching programs.
Visit the D2D website

Memphis: Core City Incentives

Called “required reading” for “anyone who cares about the future of Memphis,” this report offers twelve short- and long-term recommendations for increasing investment and economic vitality in the City of Memphis.
View the report here

Strengthening Small Businesses in Cleveland

Mass Economics analyzed business survey data to understand the consumer retail and services sectors in some of Cleveland’s lowest-income neighborhoods and to provide recommendations for strengthening retail activity in the city.
View the report here

Inclusive Clusters

Authors Johnathan M. Holifield, Esq., Adam Kamins, and Teresa M. Lynch examine the potential to embed inclusion in cluster policy and practice in order to achieve both stronger economic growth and more equitable economic outcomes. Article appeared in Economic Development Journal (Fall, 2012).
Read the article here

Is There a Future for Older Industrial Cities?

Mass Economics Principal Teresa Lynch discusses the future of Detroit and other older industrial cities with Dan Okrent, journalist and former Public Editor of The New York Times. Session taped at Northeastern University, March 2011.
View the discussion here