REDO

Metro South Regional Economic Development Organization
60 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301
avandam@metrosouthchamber.com

The objective of the Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) program is to provide a consistent and efficient response to businesses seeking assistance from the Commonwealth of MA. This represents a partnership with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. The Metro South program is one of only 12 Regional Economic Development Organizations selected and recognized within Massachusetts.

Components
  • Town Manager Competitiveness Task Force-Town Managers from the 18 REDO communities meet quarterly to promote regional collaboration, regional competitiveness, economic efficiencies, and economic growth, focusing on the convenience of the region.
  • Regional Leader Task Force-Encouraging proactive legislative advocacy and convening of industry sectors for the creation of jobs within the region. Priorities include lower commercial tax rates, Economic Target Area expansion, the incorporation of a Regional Water Supply & Treatment Authority, diverse industry safety training, and business assistance.
Business Retention & Expansion Assistance
  •  Business Expansion Site Assistance-Assist in finding a new location for growing or expanding businesses and provide information about available programs and infrastructure development. Priority industry sectors include healthcare, food manufacturing, distribution facilities, the creative economy and life sciences.
  • Financial & Incentive Programs– Identify possible regional and state financial programs as well as tax credits that businesses may benefit from. REDO, SEED Corp, local banks and the Brockton Mayor’s Office have also developed a Brockton Micro Loan Program for loans ranging from $1,000—$50,000.
  • Workforce/training-related assistance-Recommend the proper personnel for obtaining additional employees or locating training programs.
  • Local and state permit assistance-Assist in navigating businesses through the permitting process.
  • Act as liaison to local government-Assist in dealings with city and local issues, from permits to transportation mitigation concerns such as traffic signals and turn lanes. REDO also continues to advocate for attractive commercial/industrial tax rates as well as the expansion and promotion of the wastewater treatment plant and desalination plant.
  • Provide research assistance and resources for local suppliers-Provide access to comprehensive research tools and resources that provide demographic data, studies, maps, and more.
  • Promote the region as an attractive place to visit– Create and promote a regional brand to be incorporated across all media to attract tourists and residents to the region, further bolstering the economic climate for business to be able to thrive.
Communities

Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Holbrook, Norwell, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Whitman

Partners
  • Bridgewater State University
  • City of Brockton
  • Brockton 21st Century Corporation
  • Brockton Area Transit Authority
  • Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board
  • Brockton Redevelopment Authority
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Old Colony Planning Council
  • Stonehill College
Regional Business Associations
  • Avon Industrial Park
  • Bridgewater Business Association
  • Brockton 21st Century Corporation
  • Campello Business Association
  • Canton Association of Industries
  • Downtown Brockton Association
  • East Bridgewater Business Association
  • Easton Chamber of Commerce
  • Hanover Chamber of Commerce
  • Montello Business Association
  • Norwell Chamber of Commerce
  • Randolph Chamber of Commerce
  • Rockland Chamber of Commerce
  • Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
Accomplishments
  • REDO assisted Cheer Pack, a company that develops and produces a line of innovative food and drink pouches, in its move to West Bridgewater, creating 182 jobs in the process and helping to streamline the permitting process. REDO has supported additional developments in the region including Trinity Project, Station Lofts and Crown Linen.
  • Assisted over 70 companies with site location, referrals and permitting and has seen a rebirth of development in downtown Brockton.  Current developments within the region represent an investment of over $143 million and the creation of over 550 jobs.
  • Launched the Metro South Site Finder website (www.metrosouthsitefinder.com) which lists available sites for purchase and lease in the Metro South region.
  • Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office lifted the EPA Consent Decree on the Brockton regional waste water facility. Secretary Richard Sullivan also issued a certificate allowing communities with existing relationships for sewerage a more direct route to expanding those agreements.
  • Commissioned studies of CSX property (31 acre under-utilized site), Metro South Branding, and Water/Wastewater Authority. (See studies page)
  • Organized trip to Lowell to learn about Creative Economy and Collaborative Workspace Developments.
  • Conducted a series of “Community Day Tours”, promoting companies and assets that drive the region’s economy
  • Expanded Brockton Economic Target Area (ETA) into West Bridgewater, expanding oppotunities for the development of new businesses and jobs within the region
  • Hosted a diverse population of over 250 business and community members at a Multi-Cultural Business Forum.

Download the Metro South Regional Strategic Plan