About the Economic Development Division

Somerville is known as a city of makers, where the elements of creativity combined with the know-how of an industrial past generates a culture of invention like no other.

We are committed to fostering the growth of a resilient economic base, creating good jobs, supporting strategic workforce development, and securing fiscal self-sufficiency for the City. Economic Development provides assistance to existing and emerging businesses, implements workforce development initiatives, and supports the redevelopment and enhancement of specific areas through infrastructure improvements and Brownfield cleanup projects. We actively develop areas in the City to promote the growth of industry clusters and innovation.

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Workforce Development

The Economic Development Division implements initiatives related to Workforce and Talent Development, including specific programs like BuildCorps, policies like the jobs linkage fee, and strategic work like the Workforce Development Strategic Plan.

Real Estate Development

Brownfields are a specialty for the Economic Development Division. We help property owners turn their vision into reality on polluted sites through targeted financial support.

Business Development

The Economic Development Division provides numerous resources to different kinds of Somerville-based businesses. These include Assistance for Businesses–namely, the Commercial Property Improvement Program, Economic Gardening, and technical assistance events–as well as targeted support for businesses working in the Innovation Economy.

Anyone doing business in Somerville will work with a variety of City departments, but we try to make the process as streamlined and easy-to-understand as possible. For more information about doing business in the City, click here.

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