Nodal Economic Development: Building Life Sciences Capabilities in Gateway Cities

This research - developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and MassDevelopment. These two organizations share goals of sustaining the competitiveness of Massachusetts’s world-class life sciences cluster while creating opportunities for all communities within the Commonwealth to contribute to and benefit from the cluster. The objectives of this study are threefold: 1) research local economic assets in Gateway Cities that could potentially connect to the life sciences cluster; 2) identify obstacles to realizing these connections; and 3) recommend policy strategies for the MLSC, MassDevelopment, and the Gateway Cities to overcome these obstacles.