Leominster is BioReady®
Leominster now Platinum-rated community for biotech
May 14, 2014 (Cambridge, MA)—The City of Leominster has improved its zoning bylaws, building codes and other business and industry-related criteria to raise its BioReady® ranking from Gold to Platinum, signifying Leominster’s readiness to work with biotechnology companies interested in locating there.
“We are thrilled to see Leominster reach the Platinum level of BioReadiness®,” said Robert K. Coughlin, President & CEO of MassBio. “Leominster has proven its commitment to facilitating innovation and sustaining Massachusetts’ position as an industry leader.”
“The Platinum status as a BioReady® community for Leominster means good-paying jobs and further acknowledgement that we are well beyond the era of the ‘Plastics Capital.’ This is the highest rating achievable for life sciences designation in Massachusetts. We are very proud of the consistent progress to move the city forward with appealing options for new development on pad-ready sites fully loaded with public infrastructure. Leominster still produces millions of everyday household products but also now will be known and recognized for our companies in advanced industries of high-level medical research, military contract equipment, life sciences, and more,” said Mayor Dean Mazzarella. “As our tag-line introduced in 2009 reads, Leominster is Ready for You!”
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 77 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.
Other communities that have recently been awarded new or upgraded BioReady® ratings include Franklin (Platinum), Malden (Gold), Millis (Silver), and Brookline (Bronze).
To view full ratings criteria, visit MassBio’s BioReady® Communities web page at http://www.massbio.org/economic_development/bioready_communities