Monthly Newsletter
October 31, 2021 | In This Issue
Interest in Commercial Space in MetroWest is Growing But Challenges Remain

EDIC-Sponsored Webinar Looks at Commercial Space in MetroWest
There is significant interest in the commercial space in the MetroWest and surrounding region, especially compared to 2019, according to a webinar presentation given by Peter Abair, executive director of MassEcon. Abair also noted in the webinar that there is continued heightened interest in finding laboratory space for Life Sciences companies, including in MetroWest, especially because there is little lab space vacancy left in Boston and Cambridge. The virtual event - MetroWest Commercial Space – What’s Next? – was hosted by Framingham’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) on October 28th. The video of the webinar is available at the City of Framingham’s YouTube channel.

While there are tremendous opportunities, the virtual event panelists, which included the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce’s deputy director Stephanie Hirshon; Garry Holmes, president of R.W. Holmes Realty Co Inc.; and Charlotte Maynard, managing partner at Creative Development Co. LLC also outlined the challenges that are facing the region when it comes to commercial development. Those include increased costs, questions about the City’s corporate tax rate, and a need for reasonably-priced housing. 

EDIC Board chair Doug Lawrence moderated the panel discussion, and Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer was on hand to welcome the panelists and participants and offer insights into the City’s economic development efforts. More than 30 individuals from around the region participated in the event. You can watch the commercial space webinar here
Learn About the 10 Steps to Business Success at Small Business Workshop on November 8
On Monday, November 8th, Framingham’s Planning & Community Development division will host a workshop with the Framingham Marketing Group (FMG), who will be sharing their expertise on growing small businesses. The virtual, 60-minute event, will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Those interested in attending the “10 Steps to Business Success” Small Business Workshop can register here.

Participants will include:

  • Wayne Arthur, Speed Pro - Graphics & Signage
  • Bill Bluestein, Bilmar Sales - Promo Products
  • Nancy Cantor, Cantor Consulting - Business Coach
  • Kathleen DelPrete, DelPrete Consulting - Marketing
  • Ethan Gordon, Gordon Multimedia - Web & SEO
  • Adam Greene, Green Lens Media - Video Production
  • Travers King, Northern Lights Entertainment - Events
  • Rob Levine, Levine Design & Illustration - Branding/Design
  • Teddy Sullivan, Scorpion Printing - Print
  • Chris Woolf, The Voice Depot - Voiceover Services

The virtual workshop is free and open to all businesses in Framingham. You can register here and learn more about the Framingham Marketing Group at their website.
Irving Street Park Grand Opening
What was once an unused lot became a ‘pocket park’ after two years of construction and the City of Framingham celebrated its grand opening at 150 Irving Street on October 12th. The project began in October 2018 when the then-Division of Community & Economic Development and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs hosted a public workshop to “bring together neighborhood residents, employees, businesses, organizations, and interested members of the public to generate and discuss design alternatives for [the park],” according to the project page at the City of Framingham’s website.

To find the funds to move forward with the project, the City of Framingham collected over $100,000 thanks to a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign, and received a $50,000 matching grant from MassDevelopment. As their crowdfunding page says, the goal of this park is to give a recreational space for underserved populations and people from all ages in a dense urban neighborhood. The Park is located at the intersection of a busy two-way street that connects Downtown to Southside neighborhoods. To learn more about this project, click here.