Economic Development

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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

Create Boston
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.

Life Tech
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
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.

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  • View CORI-Friendly Companies Working with the City

    The following vendors have certified compliance with the City of Boston’s CORI friendly hiring practices and have City of Boston contracts over $5,000. The City of Boston does not guarantee employment availability at any of the vendors listed.

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  • Renew Boston Solar Permitting Guide

    The City of Boston Solar Permitting Guide serves as a resource for building owners and solar installers.  Click on the press release below to read about Mayor Menino's guidelines to reduce permitting fees for solar technology, recently approved by City Council.

    Mayor Menino's Solar Permitting Guidelines Approved

    Solar Permitting Guide Updated, September 2011

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