Brockton is a “Gateway City” and is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth. As a Gateway City, Brockton is recognized for its distinctive ability to be a desirable location for innovators, entrepreneurs, and businesses as well as being a place where people have choices of where to live.
During the past several years Brockton has been home to major investment, business expansion, and planning. The following are but a few of how Brockton is moving forward.
Along Main Street, in the heart of the city, the Enterprise Block project is a vibrant, mixed-use development that has brought back to life a significant city block and its street edges. Within walking distance of the commuter rail station (and a 30 minute commute to Boston’s South Station) a transit-oriented development has been created that is a cornerstone of the new Downtown. The one hundred-thirteen residential units of the project’s Phase One are filled and the selection of tenants for the commercial spaces is ongoing. Phase Two of the project will bring a 400+ space parking facility and an additional one-hundred residential units to the Downtown mix.
Brockton’s Downtown is currently the subject of a major planning and development initiatives that will result in making this important area a place for people to live, shop, dine and enjoy the city and all its offerings.
Beyond the Downtown, opportunity awaits as the Brockton 21st Century Corporation in partnership with the Brockton Redevelopment Authority has moved forward with a traditional Main Streets Program. Modeled after the very successful Boston Main Streets, the first area to be addressed is the Campello neighborhood. The area is within a comfortable walking distance to the commuter rail and is a live and work neighborhood. New ideas and concepts will bring new investment and a new look to the commercial area. Sidewalks, parking areas, lighting, street furniture, facades, and signage are part of the planning mix. Technical assistance, entrepreneurial training, access to capital, and organization are elements of the business assistance program.
Campanelli Stadium, a 4500 seat league baseball facility and the Shaw’s Center (meeting, conference, and function and event venue) form the nucleus of a new entertainment/destination district.
Brockton’s history as the home to countless shoe manufacturers is a vital chapter in the Massachusetts manufacturing story. Brockton has evolved to a modern-day diversity of manufacturers including food producers and distributors such as Concord Foods, Cindy’s Kitchen (salad dressing, sauces and dips), Washburn Candy, Uno Foods, Spence & Co. (seafood), Kinnealey & Co. (meats), Cape Cod Café (pizza), Boston Fresh, and Superior Bakery. Other manufacturers include the expanding Evans Machine and D. W. Clark, both of which are metal fabrication companies.
On the health care side Brockton is home to Signature Healthcare’s Brockton Hospital, the Brockton Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and Good Samaritan Medical Center. Massasoit Community College and the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board (BAWIB) are active participants in training the workforce that make local companies go. Businesses of all types have been established and grown in this city of 93,000 people. The opportunities are limited only by what an investor, innovator, inventor, entrepreneur, developer or dreamer can imagine.
Brockton Planning and Economic Development…www.brockton.ma.us/Government/Departments/Planning
Brockton Redevelopment Authority…www.brockton.ma.us/Business/Economic/BRA
Old Colony Planning Council…www.ocpcrpa.org
Plymouth County Development Council…www.seeplymouth.com
Massasoit Community College…www.massasoit.edu