Chamber News

Needham / Newton
December 19, 2019
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Progress on housing?

There's a glimmer of good news today on the housing front. After two years of delays, Boston Globe reporter Jon Chesto is reporting that Gov. Charlie Baker's Housing Choice bill may finally be moving forward for a vote on Beacon Hill early next year. By Greg Reibman There's a...

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December 16, 2019
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BB&N eyes property adjacent to Mount Auburn Cemetery

When the Mount Auburn Cemetery announced it will be seeking offers to purchase six acres of land in Watertown it sparked a slew of interest, including one public/private partnership. The property sits adjacent to what’s become a hot destination for life sciences companies. One of the bidders,...

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Newton
December 09, 2019
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Letter: Thank you, Newton

The 23-acre Northland Newton Development (NND) represents an aspirational opportunity to create a national model of affordable housing, environmental sustainability, historic preservation, public parks and open space, transit demand management, accessibility, and ageing in community – an opportunity to develop the largest single infusion ...

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December 03, 2019
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WIN offers up good conversation, best practices … and lunch

The Women in Networking Committee was formed early on in the chamber’s existence and has evolved into one of the most robust programming and event arms currently serving our membership. What used to be a routine gathering of women around the same function room table to listen...

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Newton
December 03, 2019
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Northland approved (but it’s too soon to celebrate)

I come with good news. But also, potentially, some disturbing news. Last night, the Newton City Council approved Northland's proposed mixed-use project, 17-7. This project -- the result of more than three years of discussions and tough negotiations between city leaders, neighbors, civic groups, housing ...

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December 02, 2019
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Chamber launches targeted affinity spheres

Chamber members who work in health and wellness, digital marketing, or education have a new avenue for networking and finding referrals, thanks to the creation of three new targeted affinity groups. These affinity spheres, led by fellow chamber members, offer a consistent opportunity to make connections, tackle common...

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November 27, 2019
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We asked, and you responded

After several years of unprecedented membership growth for our chamber - and breaking into the Boston Business Journal’s top ten list of largest chambers in the state - we thought it was time to take a look at just what was driving this engagement from the local...

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Newton
November 21, 2019
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Scaled-down Riverside Station project edges forward

A proposed mixed-use development at the Riverside MBTA Station has cleared a major hurdle, but only after it was significantly reduced in size and scope. Originally proposed at 1.5 million square feet, the Newton City Council unanimously approved a compromise zoning...

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November 14, 2019
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Chamber urges Newton City Council to approve Northland’s special permit

  The following letter was sent to the Newton City Council Land Use Committee Chair Greg Schwartz from the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors.   Chairman Greg Schwartz Land Use Committee Newton City Council   Dear Chairman Schwartz: The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to...

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November 01, 2019
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A word about traffic and the T

Over the past six months, I have been participating in meetings with two separate business coalitions that were asked by the Massachusetts House Speaker and Senate President to recommend funding options to address our region's transportation crisis. During those meetings we took a deep dive...

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