Announcing the Neighborhood Innovation District Committee
This September, Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched the Neighborhood Innovation District Committee. This committee will work to expand innovation and entrepreneurship in the City of Boston by identifying policies, practices, and infrastructure improvements to support the development of innovation districts throughout the City.
In addition to ensuring all residents have an opportunity to be a part of the modern economy, this committee will provide review and make suggestions for an inclusive economic agenda on innovation for the City, and lay the groundwork to pilot an innovation district embedded within a neighborhood.
The committee will be hosting a number of steering committee and working subcommittee meetings throughout the City of Boston. Furthermore, committee members and staff will also be hosting a series of listening tours in the neighborhoods to encourage more participation and input. All members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to attend any of the listening tour meetings to provide their thoughts, comments, questions, and insights on what neighborhood innovation districts should look like in the City of Boston.
Boston's Back Streets
Boston's Back Streets program retains and grows Boston's viable industrial and commercial businesses and their diverse job base through the strategic use of land, workforce and financial resources. Back Streets supports industrial businesses in four main areas: Real Estate, Workforce, Business Assistance, Resources and Partnerships
The BLDC provides loans of up to $150,000 for businesses in, or relocating to, the City of Boston. Create Boston is an economic development initiative of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), Boston's planning and economic development agency, and is designed to help businesses rooted in creativity achieve their potential for success. If you are such a business, or you have an idea for one, Create Boston is here to help you realize your vision.
LifeTech Boston is an initiative dedicated to fostering the growth of Boston's life sciences sector. LifeTech Boston assists companies with site location while also adding tangible value in four key areas: financing assistance, permitting & zoning, workforce development and transportation. Staff is engaged in establishing new sources of financial capital, examining zoning opportunities, pre-permitting particular sites, developing and funding workforce training programs, and helping to shape transportation planning where it has implications for the LifeTech sector.
ReStore Boston helps neighborhood business and property owners with storefront improvements. The current program is based on the highly successful ReStore initiative on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury. This nationally acclaimed revitalization project is now a citywide storefront improvement program offered through the Office of Business Development. Since its inception, ReStore Boston has provided professional design services to over 160 businesses and completed 80 storefront improvement projects.
Boston Main Streets
The Boston Main Streets program focuses its effort on providing merchants and community residents with the tools for their historic commercial districts to compete in today's market. The Main Streets program helps the local districts capitalize on their unique cultural and historical assets while focusing on the community's economic development needs. Examples include small business recruitment, business retention and addressing competition from shopping malls and discount retailers.