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Regional Planning

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Master of Regional Planning (M.R.P.)

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Economic Development, Regional Planning, Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Business Incubators, Gateway Cities


This thesis evaluates economic development, planning, public policy, and business strategies to create successful business incubators in Massachusetts’ post-industrial cities. These post-industrial cities in Massachusetts are dubbed “Gateway Cities” because they were once the economic engines of the region as well as areas of entry for many foreign-born residences to live and work. These cities have been recently plagued by high unemployment, poverty, and low business investment as many businesses, especially manufacturing, have located elsewhere. Legislation and policies involving redistribution of wealth to these Gateway Cities has recently been enacted to strengthen these communities. Although there currently isn’t a cohesive policy for business incubators in Gateway Cities, this thesis strategizes that such an approach could be beneficial for these cities, their regions, and the state as a whole.


First Advisor

Henry C. Renski

Appendix_AB_Tables.pdf (81 kB)

Appendix_C_Survey.pdf (78 kB)

Appendix_C_Survey Results.pdf (528 kB)
Appendix_C_Survey Results.pdf