Fairmount Indigo Corridor: A Job Attraction and Retention Strategy

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During a period of strong economic growth in the Greater Boston region, increased prosperity has not impacted the Fairmount Indigo Corridor, where 135,000 Bostonians have not benefited equally from the city’s recent economic gains. In fact, across a range of economic and demographic indicators, the corridor closely parallels many of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Gateway Cities. At the same time, the corridor contains significant assets for a thoughtful approach that can support and grow existing businesses and increase the number of local jobs. These assets include: accessibility to jobs provided by the Fairmount Indigo commuter rail line; existing and growing business clusters within its industrial commercial cores; and comparative affordability as compared to other Boston neighborhoods.

TACC, LISC Boston, and Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, in coordination with a working group comprised of community stakeholders and businesses, developed a series of place-based recommendations that can be piloted within the Fairmount Indigo Corridor. The recommendations aim to support business attraction and retention along the corridor, strengthen and expand its key commercial and industrial clusters, and create additional jobs for the residents of Boston who need them most.

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