MERC hosted its 31st Annual Conference this past May 30th at Framingham State University. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, Kim Driscoll, and Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities, Ed Augustus, provided remarks as part of the conference. Their interventions were followed by MERC’s annual economic update delivered by MERC Co-Directors, Drs. Rongbing Liu and Luis Rosero, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Jason Palitsch, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership. Panelists included Amy Dain (Consultant, Dain Research), Geoff Homoliski (Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Middlesex Savings Bank), Debbie Maruca Hoak (Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity MW/Greater Worcester), and Peter Matchak (Director of Planning, Town of Ashland). As part of this conference, a great set of ideas for dealing with the lack of housing affordability in Greater MetroWest were developed and discussed.

Greater MetroWest Economic Profile 2024©

Framingham State University Economic Impact Study FY2023

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MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University, established in 1991, collects and analyzes data related to economic and demographic conditions in several Massachusetts regions including MetroWest, Greater Franklin, 495/MW Corridor, Greater Marlborough and South Shore.

Recent MERC publications

MERC Insights: Greater MetroWest Revenue: Financing Local Communities

MERC Insights: 2023 Compensation and Benefits Survey for MetroWest Nonprofit Organizations

Greater MetroWest Economic Profile 2024©

MERC Insights: Housing in GMW: Booming Prices and Depressed Sales

Framingham State University Economic Impact Study FY2023

MERC Internship Program

The MERC Internship offers students an opportunity to learn about the Massachusetts economy and apply the organizational, statistical, analytical and communication skills that have been previously introduced in a classroom setting.  Interns participate in projects involving regional economic concerns such as unemployment, cost of living, employment and wage structure, labor force composition, housing, municipal revenue and expenditures, and K-12 enrollment. MERC is sponsoring a limited number of internships for the fall 2024 semester. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2024.