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Fuller commits Newton to help address region’s housing crisis

In an effort to address the region’s worsening housing crisis, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has joined a coalition of 15 local mayors who are to committed to creating 185,000 new units of housing across the region by the year 2030. “We need affordable housing for people to stay...

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Coke to stop manufacturing in Needham

The operators of the Coca-Cola facility in Needham announced plans to cease manufacturing operations at the site and covert the facility into a warehouse. The change in use could result in approximately 146 local layoffs, although the company says it will work to retain interested associates in other roles. ...

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Former Bookfair building gets new owner

Hammers, dust and broken pieces of wood are flying inside the building that served for a half-century as the home of The New England Mobile Book Fair. The bookstore itself moved last year to a storefront further down Needham Street, but the long warehouse-like space it once...

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Northland unveils vision for Needham Street

Northland Investment Corporation has officially unveiled its plan to transform a significant portion of Needham Street in the N-Squared Innovation District into 28 acres of residential, retail and office space. The special permit application was filed with the city in August.If approved by the Newton City ...

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NBCU media center breaks ground

  NBCUniversal has broken ground on its $125 million, 160,000 square foot facility. The company says it's the largest investment ever made to build out a broadcast facility by a media company in Greater Boston. When it opens in the fall of 2019, the NBCUniversal...

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Free sculpture exhibit brings together arts & business

Innovation doesn’t come just from a lab or a computer screen or an engineering bench, it emerges when people blend the arts and sciences to create something entirely new. By Chuck Tanowitz Innovation doesn’t come just from a lab or a computer screen or an engineering bench, it emerges...

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CoachUp opens new office in the N-Squared Innovation District

CoachUp, the nation’s leading private coaching company that is committed to helping athletes to reach the next level in sports and life, today officially opened its new offices in the N-Squared...

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N-Squared and Studios Without Walls looking to bring art to Upper Falls Greenway

N2 Innovation District, in partnership with Studios Without Walls and the New Art Center, have launched a fundraising campaign for “Beyond Boundaries,” an outdoor sculpture exhibition slated to open this summer on the Upper Falls Greenway in Newton. ...

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Food trucks will feed hungry N2 Innovation District workers

Seven food trucks are now serving lunch in the Needham Crossing section of the N2 Innovation District starting, with additional vendors expected to operate in Wells Ave. in Newton by the summer. .embed-container { position: relative; ...

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Economic impact of housing crisis on May 17 menu

One of the region’s leading experts on housing trends and economics will be the featured speaker at the chamber’s annual Spring Business Breakfast on Thursday May 17 at the Needham Sheraton. Annual Spring Breakfast will also honor green businesses One of the region’s leading experts on housing trends and...

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UMass Amherst’s Mount Ida campus would help grow jobs and the economy

There is little doubt that last week’s announcement that UMass Amherst has an agreement to acquire the Mount Ida College campus in Newton has not played out well. By Greg Reibman UMass Amherst’s plan to create an...

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Bike share coming to Newton, Needham this summer

LimeBike and Spin have been selected to provide dock-less bike share services for Newton, Needham and 13 other inner suburban communities in Metro Boston starting this summer, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has announced. “People who live, work, and visit the service area...

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Newton joins Needham as a gold BioReady community

Newton has just been designated a Gold BioReady community, a status that should help attract the burgeoning life sciences industry to the city.   The BioReady Community designation from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) signifies that a municipality ...

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N-Squared to be incorporated into UMass' plans for Mt Ida campus

Mount Ida College has reached a definitive agreement in principle with the University of Massachusetts that will lead to the establishment of a new UMass campus in Newton focused on the innovation economy, health care, business, computer science and other STEM specialties. UMass Amherst will acquire the physical...

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Needham Street/Highland Ave. redesign unveiled

Redesign aims to improve access and safety from Route 9 to I-95. View the Presentation By Chuck Tanowitz ...

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SharkNinja exec to deliver Needham Night keynote

Jon Greenawalt, chief culture officer at SharkNinja, the Needham-based maker of the popular Shark vacuums, Ninja blenders and other innovative household consumer products, will be the keynote speaker at the first annual Needham Night Dinner on Wed. Jan. 31 at the Needham Sheraton Hotel....

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Needham Street/Highland Ave. project meetings announced

Mass Department of Transportation is holding three informational meetings to discuss the proposed reconstruction of Highland Ave in Needham and Needham and Winchester Streets in Newton. The project would stretch roughly two miles, from Webster Street in Needham to Route 9 in Newton. It would widen sidewalks, improve...

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Bike sharing coming to Newton

Residents and employees working in the Newton and many surrounding communities will have access to a bike share program starting this summer.   Under the program, users will be able to take a bicycle from one location and deposit that same bicycle in a...

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N-Squared represented at CoreNet

N2 Innovation District Director Chuck Tanowitz attended CoreNet Global’s annual global real estate conference in Seattle this November, where he met with site selectors as well as economic development professionals from around the country. The annual conference attracts the top commercial real estate professionals from around the...

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Local Israeli companies recognized for impact in state

A dozen Israelis are making their mark on the Boston-area tech scene, according to the Israeli publication ISRAEL 21c, and a quarter of them do their work here in the N2 Innovation District. The publication quoted Dan Trajman of the New England Israeli Business Council, a frequent...

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Wells Park entry to undergo redesign

The City of Newton is investing more than $2 million to reengineer Nahanton Street from the Charles River/Needham line to Winchester Street, including the entry to the Wells Ave. office park in the N2 Innovation District. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019. “The...

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SJC stands by Wells Ave. housing project rejection

The City of Newton’s decision to block a mixed-use housing project in the N2 Innovation District has been upheld by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. Cabot, Cabot & Forbes had proposed a four-story, mixed-use, 334-unit rental apartment complex at 135 Wells Ave. But the board of aldermen...

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Newton to revamp Wells Ave entry

The City of Newton is investing $275,000 to create a redesign of Nohantan Street from the Charles River/Needham line to Winchester Street, including the entry to the Wells Ave. office park in the N2 Innovation District. Newton has committed an additional $2 million during its next fiscal...

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Warren: Bike sharing coming to Newton

Residents and employees working in the Newton area will have access to a bike share program starting in the spring, Newton Mayor Setti Warren announced Monday.   “I am pleased to announce that Newton is leading the way with the Metropolitan...

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Newton considers food trucks for Wells Ave.

Newton is currently considering a change that would allow food trucks to operate at the Wells Avenue section of the N2 Innovation District, providing much-needed culinary options for employees and customers there. The proposed ordinance is the result of research by the Newton Planning Department and the...

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Speck outlines economic, environmental and health benefits of walkable communities

Jeff Speck spends his days imagining communities where people can safely walk along tree-lined sidewalks as they grab a morning coffee before commuting or safely walking or biking to work. .embed-container { ...

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A grand jeté for N-Squared

The N2 Innovation District is now home to one of greater Boston’s cultural gems: the Boston Ballet School. The school’s September opening was the latest addition to Crosspoint Associates’ transformation of the former Newton Technology Park to a mixed-use destination...

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Improvements at intersection of Oak, Christina & Needham Streets delayed

A project designed to improve the intersection where Oak and Christina Streets cross Needham Street has been delayed due to coordination with a utility company, the City of Newton announced today. This project was originally scheduled to begin in...

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N2 Innovation District names director

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber announced the appointment of Chuck Tanowitz as director of its N-Squared Innovation District economic development initiative. In the newly-established role, Tanowitz will oversee efforts to promote, market and grow the N-Squared Innovation District to innovation economy businesses and employees while...

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N2 District campaign exceeds goal

Efforts to promote the N-Squared Innovation District as a suburban innovation hub have taken another leap forward with the successful completion of a fundraising campaign that will provide for the hiring of a full-time director and the creation of a new graphical identity and marketing campaign. The...

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Walkability the focus at Regional Real Estate Forum

At the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Annual Real Estate Forum, planner and walkability expert Jeff Speck will help the local real estate community understand what makes a truly walkable neighborhood and how the idea of “complete streets” is the right...

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SharkNinja’s new N2 HQ makes a splash

Another major innovator has opened a new global headquarters in the N-Squared Innovation District. SharkNinja, a pioneer in the small household appliance sector, took the wraps off of its new home on A Street in Needham in June, just around the corner ...

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Kathryn Ellis has been appointed the Newton’s new economic development director

Ellis fills a vacancy that has been open since Nancy Hyde departed last September. "Ellis efforts in Newton will focus on furthering Newton’s innovation economy, assisting Newton’s current businesses to grow and prosper, and attracting new business to the city," said Newton Planning Director, Barney...

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Newton takes steps to enhance biotech status

By Chuck Tanowitz Working with recombinant DNA — the technology used in making insulin and other biologic drugs — is common in the biotech and pharmaceutical world. So much so, that it’s now more difficult to find a lab that...

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New England Mobile Book Fair Strikes Deal to Stay in Newton

The New England Mobile Book Fair, an institution that has been a key part of the literary community of the Newton area for more than a half-century, has found a new home on Needham Street in the N2 Innovation District. The new site is the Marshalls Plaza,...

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NBCU’s arrival would create N2 ‘media hub’

  Another major media company is making a long-term investment in the N-Squared Innovation District. NBCUniversal and Normandy Real Estate partners are planning to build a $125 million “world class broadcast and digital media center” at Founders Park in Needham. The 165,000-square foot facility would house the new local...

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Baker: Needham St./Highland Ave funds are ‘locked-in’

By Ellen Ishkanian It took Gov. Charlie Baker nearly 40 minutes to get to a local topic that was likely on the minds of many in the packed ballroom at the chamber’s annual Spring Business...

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For Kaminario, artful design goes hand in hand with attracting top talent

By Cindy Bailen When you first step into Kaminario’s collaborative office space on the sixth floor of the Hillsite Office Building in the N2 Innovation District, you might assume it’s all about grand views and the flood of natural light. The next thing you notice:...

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Solving transit needs can’t be just limited to one or two options

By Chuck Tanowitz If Greater Boston has an Achilles Heel, it’s transportation. This was our number one challenge when we established the N2 Innovation District in 2014 and, although we’ve seen some progress, it remains a major hurdle today. It’s also cited as a...

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N-Squared campaign nearly fully-funded

The key members of the business, real estate and educational communities within the N2 Innovation District have stepped and supported the effort to brand the region and grow innovation-driven businesses here. Thanks to their support, a fundraising campaign launched...

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Miraca Life Sciences expanding in the N2 Inno District

Miraca Life Sciences is moving to a 30,000 square foot lease at Crawford Place at 15 Crawford Street in Needham, part of the N2 Innovation District. The Irving, Texas-based company provides proven high-quality anatomic and clinical pathology services, serving more than 5,500 patients...

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Video: Four N-Squared District projects

The N2 Innovation District is undergoing rapid physical change, with construction cranes and workers busy at sites in both Newton and Needham. But have you been wondering what, exactly, is being built on Needham Street, Wells Ave and Needham Crossing? Which businesses are moving to these new...

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N-Squared transformation continues with central property coming on the market

One of the most walkable office spaces in the N2 Innovation District has come on the market. The 60,000 square foot Paragon Towers at 233 Needham Street is now up for sale. This kind of change is emblematic of the vibrant transformation happening in the N2 Innovation...

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Chamber launches major effort to build and promote the N-Squared Innovation District

Fundraising Campaign is One of a Number of Key Moves to Build and Promote the District Newton-Needham MA, January 11, 2017 – The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber, today announced it has taken major steps toward building, establishing and promoting the N2 Innovation ...

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N2’s hidden gems-small independent businesses make the district unique

By Gail Spector The N2 Innovation District is gaining recognition as the home of well-known companies like TripAdvisor, CyberArk, PTC and Big Belly Solar. But innovation in the area is not limited to technology-oriented companies. N2 is also dotted with hidden gems employing unusual business models, ...

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Chamber president on BBJ’s ‘Power 50’ list

Newton-Needham Regional Chamber President Greg Reibman has been recognized as one of Greater Boston's “50 most powerful people in the spheres of business, community and policy” by the Boston Business Journal. The BBJ’s annual “Power 50;...

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Boston Ballet moving to Newton Nexus

Boston Ballet will be relocating and expanding the Boston Ballet School Newton Studio to 153 Needham St. in the N2 Innovation District. The new studio will be located within the new Newton Nexus complex, which...

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Northland unveils new vision for N-Squared Inno District

In the parking lot outside of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber Offices on Needham Street, Northland Development Corporation recently unveiled a vision that will transform 27 acres of outdated buildings and windswept asphalt into a thriving village that has the power to remake the N2 Innovation District. ...

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Boston Ballet moving to Newton Nexus

Boston Ballet will be relocating and expanding the Boston Ballet School Newton Studio to 153 Needham St. in the N2 Innovation District. The new studio will be located within the new Newton Nexus complex, which will also include Bfresh, a boutique grocery store and a mix of retail, restaurants ...

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New I-95 Access Opens Gateway to N2 Innovation District

Highway ramp provides faster access for jobs and economic growth to both Newton and Needham Needham MA, September 16, 2016 – Today the Massachusetts Department of Transportation officially opened the new gateway to the N2 Innovation District, providing access to jobs and increased economic growth for Newton and...

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Advisory: Highland Ave closing Nov. 4-6

  During the weekend of Nov. 4-6, Highland Ave. over Route I-95 will be closed to all traffic in order to allow for the demolition of the old bridge crossing over the interstate. Traffic on I-95 will be detoured over the on-off ramps at...

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Entry to N-Squared Corridor just became a lot easier

As of Aug. 19 a major new entry into the N-Squared Innovation Corridor will be available to motorists.  This new series of ramps -- to be known as interchange 19 -- will allow drivers traveling northbound on I-95 to exit directly onto Kendrick Street...

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Sustainable organization is vital to our economic success

By Matt Borelli About one month ago, I came across a 60-year-old newspaper article describing what we now call Needham Crossing, but what was formerly called the Needham Industrial Center. The paper discussed how this part of Needham was zoned with...

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Needham honored for bringing housing to N2 Corridor

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) recognized the Town of Needham this week with a Housing Hero Award for its efforts to promote economic development and housing in the Needham Crossing and Wexford Street sections of the N-Squared Innovation Corridor. ...

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N2 feasibility study set for release

What will it take to transform the area along I-95 in Newton and Needham into an innovation district? Join us on June 29 when we release an economic viability plan developed by the chamber in partnership with City of Newton, the Town of Needham, area business and...

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Co-working space available at NIC

The Newton Innovation Center at Newton Corner now has co-working space available for anyone interested in working in a collaborative work environment.  For $175 per month (with an added discount rate for MassChallenge alums) you will have unlimited access to open shared workspace at the NIC, plus...

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TripAdvisor supports Kennedy bill to protect consumer reviews

Congressman Joe Kennedy III has joined Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) in introducing the Consumer Review Fairness Act, legislation that will ensure American consumers can post honest business reviews and feedback online without fear of retribution. The legislation is in response to reports of companies using secretive “non-disparagement”...

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Preparing Newton and Needham to compete in the innovation economy

  by Greg Reibman   What’s the best way to nurture the innovation economy in the Newton and Needham? That’s a question our chamber has been pondering since I arrived as your president four years ago this month, and especially over the past several months, thanks to a grant from...

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N2 Corridor Initiative

With increasing rents and growing congestion in Boston and Cambridge, companies are looking for alternative locations. As part of the N² initiative, which promotes the Needham Street Corridor as a destination for technology companies, start-ups, and other innovators, the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce created...

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N2 Strategic planning underway

By Jim Damicis and Catherine Renault This summer the Newton-Needham Chamber was awarded a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to advance economic development in the N2 Innovation Corridor. Today, the project is underway, and Camoin Associates is pleased to be working with your chamber, the City...

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Steele and Tanowitz receive chamber’s highest honor

Chuck Tanowitz and Chris Steele were presented with the Newton-Needham Chamber’s prestigious RL Tennant Award – the chamber’s highest honor – at the chamber’s annual Achievement Breakfast on Nov. 6. Tanowitz, vice president of public relations at marketing and PR agency Eric Mower &...

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N2 Initiative raises $100K to explore long-term growth

The Newton-Needham Chamber has been awarded a federal grant designed to advance economic development in the section of Newton and Needham known as the N2 Innovation Corridor, U.S. Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III announced. The $50,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration has been matched with...

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Needham Street/Highland Avenue funding secured

After decades of delays, funding to upgrade the Needham Street and Highland Avenue corridor has been approved. The decision by the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization on July 30 means funds for the $14 million renovation project will be available ...

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