SLDC awarded $474K from EDA to launch TechSTL

With over $474K in federal funding awarded by the EDA’s 2020 Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge program, SLDC is now implementing one of Mass Economics’ strategic recommendations in the “2020 Vision An Equitable Economic Development Framework for St. Louis” : the formalization of a software tech cluster organization, TechSTL.

When Returning to Work Doesn’t Make Sense

Mass Economics staff co-authored an op-ed article in the Boston Globe based on geospatial analytics of the impacts of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provision on the ability of families to cover their living expenses across the U.S.

City of Memphis Target Opportunities

In part one of the economic development and land strategy for Memphis, Mass Economics identified and matched target economic cluster opportunities with target districts throughout the city.

Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class

Mass Economics worked with Detroit Future City on the quantitative (and spatial) analytics and writing of the middle class report.

City of St. Louis Economic Development Strategy

Mass Economics and partners are creating the comprehensive economic development strategy for the City of St. Louis.

139 Square Miles Report

Mass Economics provided demographic, socioeconomic, and economic analysis for the 139 Square Miles report: the first major Detroit data report since the creation of the 2013 Detroit Future City strategic plan.


Hartford Innovation Place Planning

Mass Economics worked with Hartford and East Hartford stakeholders to designate an “Innovation Place” and accompanying initiatives with the goal of accelerating regional innovation, entrepreneurship, and attractiveness. As one of four winning plans from the across the State of CT, the team successfully secured $2 million in State funding to create Hartford’s Innovation Place, as well as millions of additional dollars in matching funds and in-kind donations from stakeholders.

Creating Productive Urban Landscapes: An Emerging Framework

Mass Economics Principal Teresa Lynch and Stoss Landscape Urbanism Founding Director Chris Reed present a new framework for conceptualizing and utilizing urban land. Session taped at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, December, 2016.

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.

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.

Future Ground New Orleans

Mass Economics participated in a winning team for a New Orleans design competition tackling blight.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Detroit Future City

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.