Four Massachusetts Communities Are BioReady™
November 28, 2011 (Cambridge, MA)— Four more Massachusetts communities have received BioReady™ ratings, signifying their readiness to work with biotechnology companies interested in locating there.
Woburn, Shrewsbury, Westminster and Arlington have all achieved ratings, based on a survey of their zoning bylaws, building codes and other business and industry-related criteria.
MassBio and partner organizations across the state began the statewide BioReady™ Communities Campaign in 2008 in order to provide background to municipal officials about the biotech industry and offer guidance on how to position municipalities as destinations for biotech laboratory and manufacturing facilities. To date, there are 69 BioReady™ rated communities in the state.
“The City of Woburn is proud to have earned the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s highest rating, platinum,” Woburn Mayor Scott D. Galvin stated. “This special distinction highlights Woburn’s ongoing efforts to attract and retain companies in the biotechnology industry. As a platinum community in the BioReady™ campaign, Woburn plans to continue to demonstrate its commitment to the industry by attracting more biotechnology companies to the crossroads of Routes I-93 and I-95 on the technology highways of Massachusetts. ”
Communities are ranked on a scale of bronze, silver, gold or platinum, and the system helps Massachusetts cities and towns market themselves to biotechnology companies looking to expand or relocate. As part of the campaign, the MassBio Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) developed criteria to both guide communities in their pursuit of biotech facility opportunities and rate them for BioReadiness™ in order to provide each with a tangible marketing tool.
To view full ratings criteria, go to the MassBio’s BioReady™ Communities Web page at http://www.massbio.org/economic_development/bioready_communities
This round of rated communities are: