Four Massachusetts Communities Are BioReady®
Abington, Middleborough, & West Boylston earn ratings from biotech industry
Hopkinton improves rating
December 18, 2012 (Cambridge, MA)—Four Massachusetts communities have new BioReady® ratings signifying their readiness to work with biotechnology companies interested in locating there.
Based on a survey of their zoning bylaws, building codes and other business and industry-related criteria, West Boylston received a Silver rating and Abington and Middleborough received Bronze ratings.
Additionally, Hopkinton, a former Bronze-rated community, has been upgraded to a Gold rating by amending their by-laws to allow biotechnology uses “by right” rather than by “special permit.”
“We are pleased to welcome Abington, Middleborough, and West Boylston into the ranks of the other BioReady® communities and thrilled to see Hopkinton increase their BioReadiness®,” said MassBio President & CEO Robert K. Coughlin. “These communities should be applauded for their commitment to biotech and their roles in facilitating innovation and sustaining Massachusetts’ position as an industry leader.”
"The Town of Abington is pleased to receive the bronze status from MassBio and looks forward to working cooperatively with the council in attracting new and emerging biotechnology businesses to the Route 18 Corridor in Abington, MA," said John D'Agostino, Abington’s Town Manager.
"Middleborough is pleased to be recognized as a BioReady community. Strategically located on Interstate 495 at the intersections of Routes 44, 18 and 28, Middleborough is in the "middle" of the Boston-Providence-Cape Cod region, and enjoys commuter rail access to downtown Boston,” said Ruth Geoffroy, Middleborough’s Planning Director. “The Town has innovatively zoned for biotech and industrial uses with the necessary infrastructure to accommodate up to 4 million square feet of industrial/corporate park development and currently hosts a number of biotech manufacturing firms including Idex, Inc. and Brookfield Engineering.”
"This upgrade to BioReady Gold status reflects the continuing efforts in Hopkinton to attract top businesses to our town" said Ben Palleiko, Chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. "I want to thank MassBio and all of the town staff and boards for their hard work and commitment in making Hopkinton a premier environment for the biotechnology industry. The Town of Hopkinton is ready to work with all interested businesses."
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 72 BioReady® rated communities in the state.
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