Economic Development

Lowell High 2023 Career Speaker Week – recruiting local career professionals


Lowell High & Project LEARN are teaming up for Lowell High’s 4th Annual Career Speaker Week to bring local professionals from all industries to share their stories and inspire the next generation of Lowell students.

More details below 👇


WHEN: Week of March 6th – 10th 

WHERE: Lowell High School @ 50 Father Morissette Blvd, Lowell, MA

PARKING: There is street parking available on Kirk St. (one-way street) and Central Street. We are also a short walk from the public parking at the John Street Garage and Leo A. Roy Garage.


We’re seeking volunteers to speak with students about their career and educational path. Our goal is to help students gain more knowledge and insight on what their future can look like!

Career speaker time slots are for 50 minute class periods (speaking time is about ~30 to 40 minutes). By completing this form, you are committing to attending at least 1 time slot.

No speaking experience required. Zoom Volunteer Orientation will be provided 1st week of March 2023.QUESTIONS?

Contact Program Director, Mira Bookman ([email protected])

NMCOG: Envision 2050 Focus Groups & Survey

The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) is developing a Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan called Envision 2050. As a part of that, we are conducting a public engagement process to understand and identify transportation needs in our region.  Envision 2050 is our comprehensive vision for the future of transportation in the NMCOG region. By projecting and planning for anticipated growth over 30 years, this plan will establish a foundation for cost-effective, energy-efficient, and equitable transportation options for all users. Over the next year, NMCOG staff are working directly with the constituents and city/town staff of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, and Westford to develop our Envision 2050 Plan. Through a comprehensive evaluation of transportation services and community engagement, NMCOG will publish a report for the public. 

Northern Middlesex Council of Government (NMCOG) is embarking on Envision 2050 Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan, our comprehensive vision for the future of transportation in our region. Please take the Envision 2050 survey to help shape the future of transportation in our region. For more information on the plan, visit Envision 2050 website. Should you require assistance or have any questions related to this survey, or the transportation planning process, please contact the NMCOG office at 978‐454‐8021 or contact Justin Howard at [email protected].

  •        Envision 2050 Pedestrian/Bicyclist Focus Group: Virtual, January 17, 2023, 12 pm – 1 pm: Register here.
  •       Envision 2050 Transit Focus Group: Virtual, January 19, 2023, 12 pm – 1 pm: Register here.

Middlesex 3 Members McMahon Associates, Inc. Merges with Bowman Company.

Bowman expects the McMahon acquisition to initially contribute approximately $28 million of annualized transportation infrastructure-related net service billing and be immediately accretive. Structured as a stock purchase with a joint election under Section 338(h)(10) of the Internal Revenue Code, the $18.5 million acquisition price was financed with a combination of cash, seller notes and approximately 477,000 shares of restricted common stock of Bowman subject to a six-month lock-up agreement. Determination of the final acquisition cost is subject to customary post-closing purchase price accounting. 

“McMahon is well respected throughout the transportation field and will be an outstanding addition to our firm,” said Gary Bowman, CEO of Bowman. “Their leadership and team of consummate professionals bring tremendous value to our staff, our clients and our shareholders. As we have gotten to know McMahon’s business, we have become highly confident that this complementary combination will have a long-term positive impact that will be much greater than the sum of the parts.”

“The array of transportation services we can collectively provide our clients will continue to grow as client needs dictate, while we continue to deliver on our commitment to personalized attention on every project,” added Bowman. “The addition of McMahon will provide a broad platform from which to continue growing our share of the transportation market throughout the nation. We are just getting started on our 2022 acquisition program and I am pleased that we continue to deliver on our commitment to strategic growth initiative in such a meaningful way. Everyone at Bowman joins me in welcoming the employees, clients and business partners of McMahon.”

“For over 45 years, McMahon has specialized in delivering forward-looking transportation, planning, engineering and technology solutions to our clients”, said Joseph DeSantis, President and CEO of McMahon. “Our success is the result of the commitment and dedication of our employees, many of whom have been with the firm for most of their professional careers. Bowman is a well-established and culturally compatible firm with services that are complementary to ours. By joining up with Bowman we gain access to new resources and technologies that allow for an even greater investment in the delivery of innovative transportation solutions to our clients while continuing to offer the same personal attention and trusted relationships our clients have come to expect from us.”

“This partnership between McMahon and Bowman highlights the alignment of our cultures, our focus on growth and opportunity for our people, and our combined entrepreneurial spirit,” added DeSantis.  “McMahon has always been thankful for our clients and committed to contributing to our communities. We look forward to continuing in this fashion with Bowman’s first-rate organization.”

“This is our second acquisition in 2022 and is a significant step toward our stated goal of acquiring $75 million of annualized net revenue this year,” said Bruce Labovitz, Bowman’s CFO. “The addition of McMahon nearly triples our transportation infrastructure business which will, over time, meaningfully impact our composition of revenue by market. While the acquisition is within our target multiple range, we believe McMahon’s operating margins will benefit from being part of Bowman and ultimately improve the effective multiple. As is our practice, we will provide more detailed information on our M&A activities and communicate updates to guidance in connection with scheduled quarterly communications.”

About McMahon Associates, Inc.

Since 1976, McMahon has specialized in delivering a broad array of innovative transportation planning and engineering services to private and public sector clients. The firm has built trusted and lasting relationships by surpassing the expectations of its clients. With over 200 dedicated professionals working out of 15 offices throughout the East Coast, McMahon has the talent, experience, and expertise to take on any transportation challenge. Additional information on McMahon, its team, and its projects can be found at


Northeast Massachusetts, regional, and statewide videos showcase advantages of working and living throughout the Commonwealth 

WATERTOWN, MA – MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, today announced the release of a video series promoting Massachusetts as a place to work and do business.  The videos focus on the five regions of Massachusetts — Northeast, Greater Boston, Southeast, Central, and West — and Massachusetts as a whole.  

Click here to view each region and watch the videos, and click here to watch the statewide video.  

“In no uncertain terms, Massachusetts is a premier location for some of the most significant industries of our age and its regions provide unique opportunities to excel for employers and talented workers alike,” said Peter Abair, Executive Director of MassEcon. “While we are very self-critical in Massachusetts, our state is nonetheless an extraordinary place to live and to do business, offering an exceptional workforce and high quality-of-life.” 

MassEcon developed the videos with support from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development through a Regional Economic Development Organization grant administered by the Middlesex3 Coalition. Each video highlights the advantages of a specific region, showcasing it as a business location as well as a destination for talented workers to pursue a career and families to settle. The promotions will be released in multiple phases with a focus on a variety of audiences. 

“Massachusetts is home to an unparalleled ecosystem of industry, academia, and talent that provides the right environment for companies to thrive,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “MassEcon continues to be a valuable partner helping the Commonwealth put our best foot forward showcasing Massachusetts as the best place to do business.” 

The videos were developed after receiving input from national and global site selection consultants and in consultation with MassEcon’s many regional partners throughout the state. Regional partners include Western Mass EDC, Town of Chelmsford, Middlesex3 Coalition, Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Visit North Central Mass, Town of Mansfield, MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Path8 Productions produced the videos, and Lauren Perna Communications is helping promote them.  

Later this month, MassEcon will be launching videos that highlight the thriving industries across the Commonwealth.  

About MassEconMassEcon’s mission is to promote and champion Massachusetts as the best place to start, grow and locate a business. Built upon a robust network of corporate and civic members, MassEcon convenes public and private sector leaders of industry to create an inclusive business ecosystem that enhances job growth across a diverse talent pool; promotes investment in all communities; expands equitable opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.  



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DIA’s New Workplace Safety Grant Applications Open

You might be eligible to receive a Workplace Safety Grant!

Administered by the Office of Safety within the Division of Industrial Accidents (DIA), Massachusetts-based and operating businesses in good standing can submit a Workplace Safety Training Grant application of up to $25k per grant.

Applications are due August 31st, 2022. 

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MOBD District Map

EDIP and Vacant Store Front Applications are Now Online

The state’s Economic Development Incentive Program is now fully online!

All 5 applications, Preliminary Application, Supplemental Application (sent pre-populated to appropriate companies), Local incentive Only Application, Vacant Storefront District, and Vacant Storefront Project can now be accessed via Massachusetts Office of Business Development | or Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) |

The Preliminary and Local Only Applications can be found on this page:

Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) |

The Vacant Storefront Applications are located here:

Massachusetts Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) |

A friendly reminder of application deadlines: Preliminary Applications were due to your MOBD Regional Director by COB on July 13th. All other applications and associated paperwork from the municipality will be due by COB on August 17th.

Burlington Celebrates Independent Retailer Month

July is Independent Retailer Month and the Town of Burlington is diving right in! They are highlighting local businesses in the area located at Wayside Commons. Continuing this trend is a contest to name Burlington’s Town Center “Pocket Park”. The park space is available anytime for pop-up events for businesses, their patrons, impromptu meetings, or just to eat lunch. To book an event contact [email protected]

The Town of Burlington’s “Pocket Park” will be housing a community beer garden as a way to bring more food traffic and business into the town center. These will take place on Thursday’s September 8th through the 29th. Town Center businesses are encouraged to participate (selling food, raffles, coupons, holding promos, etc.). Reach out to [email protected] for more information on how to get involved!

Middlesex 3 in the News

Middlesex 3 “What’s Happening in Bedford” event was published in News Break,  a regional local news aggregator. After being publsihed in The Bedford Citizen 

Some quotes from the article,  Anchor Line Partners General Manager DeAnna Murphy said, “Bedford has done a wonderful job in setting the stage for a biotech boom,” she asserted last week at an in-person gathering sponsored by the Middlesex 3 Coalition. “Crosby Drive feels important. It feels smart – four lanes with sidewalks on both sides and lab clusters. This corridor is great.”

Stephanie Cronin, executive director, told the audience of more than 40 that the event was designed as “a casual conversation,” a format that she said has proven to be “more meaningful and authentic.”

“What’s Going on in Bedford” was all good news, delivered by real estate owners, a tenant, employers and other business representatives, and town government

Read more Here