Boston: Business


Select “Think Tanks” for more business and economic discussions and analyses.


Arts Factor 2014 Report.

ArtsBoston.  Released June 10, 2014.  ”The Arts Factor is an initiative established by ArtsBoston that uses data to demonstrate the positive impact that arts and culture has on Greater Boston. The Arts Factor 2014 Report features new research on the ways that the region’s nonprofit arts and cultural sector transforms lives, builds stronger communities, and strengthens the local economy.”
Click here for more information about the Report.


Boston Redevelopment Authority: Boston’s Planning and Economic Development Agency.

“The BRA’s Research Division collects and analyzes current, historical, and comparative data on Boston’s economy, population, and commerical markets.” Recent reports cover economy and jobs, housing, census, industry, land use, schools, and youth.   Older documents are archived.

Boston Improvement District (BID).

“The Downtown Boston BID’s primary focus is to create a clean, safe, and vibrant environment for everyone who experiences the district, to increase business activity and enhance property values, and to attract further investment in the area.”

Boston Innovation District

The Innovation District is Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s initiative to transform 1,000 acres of the South Boston waterfront into an urban environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. From a tech meetup at a coworking space to an art exhibition opening, to the launch of a new start-up or a special chef’s event at a local restaurant, the Innovation District is expanding quickly.”   Map.

Boston Indicators Project.


“The Boston Indicators Project offers new ways to understand Boston and its neighborhoods in a regional context. It aims to democratize access to information, foster informed public discourse, track progress on shared civic goals, and report on change in 10 sectors: Civic Vitality, Cultural Life and the Arts, the Economy, Education, the Environment, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Technology, and Transportation.”


“Innovation and technology news that matters, on a new website from the Boston Globe, featuring Scott Kirsner and other original reporting.”  Subscription or login may be required.

Boston Business Journal.

2015 Book of Lists Gala at the Museum of Fine Arts

Book of Lists: Boston Business Journal.

Click on next page arrow at the top of the screen. Annual. Rankings of local businesses listed under various categories from “Accounting” to “Women-Led Businesses.”

2013 Globe 100.

Publicly held companies ranked by composite performance. How the numbers were calculated.

100 Years of U.S. Consumer Spending: Data for the Nation, New York City, and Boston, 1901-2003.

BLS Report 991: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP).

“Our goal in creating this program is to assist small to medium size business owners who recognize the importance of making environmentally sustainable improvements but that are often too busy and lacking the resources or time to research alternative practices.”

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN-Boston)

“…engages business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair.”

Lifestyle Market Anaylst (2008). ”Boston” pages 90-109.
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