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Newton-Needham Innovation Corridor Meetup
Start Date: 10/23/2013Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 10/23/2013End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description
Newton-Needham Innovation Corridor Meetup
Here’s your opportunity to capture the attention of business executives and entrepreneurs from Newton, Needham and across the state as we launch a campaign to promote the I-95 Newton-Needham corridor as a destination for technology companies, start-ups and other innovators.


Why Newton-Needham?
The Newton-Needham area is already home to more than 150 companies in the high tech/innovation sector and continues to grow - in a way we’re promoting a trend that’s already begun. But with rising rents and growing congestion in Kendall Square and downtown Boston we know that more innovators are looking for alternatives. The Newton-Needham area has been identified by the Patrick Administration and by international technology corporations such as TripAdvisor and PTC as a desirable and viable alternative, especially given infrastructure enhancements slated to happen across the corridor, including:
- New lane construction and bridge enhancements on I-95
- Better access to existing office parks through a new Kendrick Street exit off I-95
- Improvements to the Needham St/ Highland Ave. corridor, including widening, bridge improvements and new signals.
- Designation of the New England Business Center as an economic target area in Needham.
- The City of Newton is presently updating its master plan to promote economic development opportunities.


Who is behind this meetup? 
The idea for the meetup sprung from a conversation between Newton Mayor Setti Warren and Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, under Gov. Deval Patrick. The steering committee is co-chaired by Devra Bailin, Economic Development Director for the Town of Needham; Candace Havens, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Newton; Geoff Kravitz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Office of Housing and Economic Development; and Greg Reibman, President of the Newton-Needham Chamber.


So what exactly is happening on Oct. 23?
We’re throwing a party, bringing together and showcasing many of the established companies, start-ups and innovators that have chosen to locate in the corridor or may be considering moving here. There will be a short presentation with guest speakers from the public and private sectors. But the real focus will be on networking as we discuss the benefits, opportunities and challenges of doing business in the region.


Where and when is the meetup?
Wednesday Oct. 23 2013, 5-7 p.m.
Digital Reality 105 Cabot Street, Needham, MA
Anticipated attendance: More than 100 business innovators and civic leaders
Location Information:
Off Campus
Contact Information:
Name: Undergrad CCD
Phone: (781) 239-4215
Email: undergradccd@babson.edu

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