Brockton, a city of 93,000 residents, is located in the Route 24 corridor of Plymouth County and is traversed by Routes 123, 28 and 27. Routes 3, 25, 44, 128, 95, 93, and 495 as well as the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) are easily accessed within a few minutes drive.
Brockton was settled during the late 17th Century and was originally known as North Bridgewater. Brockton became a city in 1881.
Once an agricultural community, the farms gave way to factories, and Brockton became widely known as “Shoe City.” During the early 20th century, there were more than one-hundred individual shoe manufacturers, employing more than 6000 in a city of 40,000 residents.
In recent years Brockton has enjoyed a growing commercial base as it has become home to food processors and manufacturers, retail outlets, healthcare, social assistance providers, educational and professional services. W.B Mason, the country’s leading office supply company, is based in Brockton.
Today Brockton is known as the “City of Champions”, a moniker that pays tribute to the legendary boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, both of whom hailed from the city.
Brockton boasts of a nationally recognized high school, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, growing arts and cultural scene, the Brockton Rox Baseball Club, Campanelli Stadium, the Shaw’s Function and Conference Center, and neighborhoods rich in history and tradition.
Looking ahead Brockton has undertaken several planning and development initiatives that will transform the city. The Downtown Action Strategy is focused on the central business district, the Campello Main Streets Program is addressing the city’s oldest neighborhood, and the Blueprint for Brockton will bring a new comprehensive plan to guide the future of the city.
The Brockton 21st Century Corporation (B21) was established in 1993 to serve as the quasi-public economic development agency for the city. Today the B21 staff works with business and development decision makers, site planners, and people who may have a dream to start something new. B21 also is part of the City Development Team that includes representatives of the Brockton Department of Planning and Development, the Brockton Redevelopment Authority, and the Brockton Main Streets Program.
Together we are working to make Brockton the best it can be.