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Economic Development: Doing Business Here

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC and COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
20 Centre Street, third floor
Middleborough, MA 02346
(508) 946-2402

Janis K. Akerstrom, Director
jakerstrom@middleborough.com

 

Doing Business in Middleborough

"Locally Strategic, Regionally Competitive."

At the gateway to the Cape and Plymouth, Middleborough sits at major interstate interchanges.  Interstates 495 and 24 connect Middleborough to metopolitan hubs like Boston and Providence in approximately one hour as well as New England's larget airport, Logan International Airport in Boston.     

The Town of Middleborough also enjoys its location in close proximity to academic institutions such as Massasoit Community College, Bridgewater State University and UMass Dartmouth. 

Middleborough takes economic development seriously.  Home to six business parks totaling more than six million square feet and major companies,  including the corporate headquarters for Ocean Spray and Christmas Tree Shops, Middleborough is a business-friendly community that has targeted several areas for further development including the rotary area, route 28, route 105 in the downtown. Town staff work closely with developers from initial contact, through the streamlined permitting process, to occupancy to ensure that the needs of the business and the community are effectively and efficiently addressed.

 

Municipally owned gas and electric has made Middleborough an attractive location for many manufacturers and other big businesses such as the following top employers in the area: 

 

Company Name

 

Nature of Business

# of Employees

(approximate)

Christmas Tree Shops

Warehouse/Distribution/ Corporate Headquarters

600

Pavestone

Manufacturer

200

Brookfield Engineering

Manufacturer/Corporate Headquarters

176

Ocean Spray Cranberries

Manufacturer/Corporate Headquarters

170

McLeans South

Long Term Care Medical Facility

156 

NES Clothing
(Broder Brothers)

Warehouse/Distribution

160

IDEX 

Manufacturer

134

Highpoint Treatment Center

 

  150  


Serta Mattress

Warehouse/Distribution

95

 

Malden Internat'l Design

Headquarters

75

Bimbo Bakeries

Distribution Center

50

 

SRPEDD Fact Book (SRPEDD Website)

http://www.srpedd.org/index.php?id=5&a=town&cat=Middleborough

Tax Incentive Programs

The Town of Middleborough has been designated as a Economic Development Target Area by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is therefore eligible to negotiate tax incentives agreements to encourage commercial development in any of the three Economic Opportunity Areas.  Middleborough utilizes Tax Increment Financing Assessments as the tax incentive vehicle.  Click the previous link for more information on TIFs.  

To discuss the potential for a TIF for your business, please contact Janis K. Akerstrom at jakerstrom@middleborough.com

State Investment Tax Credits may also be available.  For eligibility requirements and more information, please see the following links to the Commonwealth of Massachusett's website:

Economic Opportunity Areas

EOA Areas Middleborough 8.21.08.pdf (1.2M)
EOAs.pdf (119K)

Commercial Spaces Available

691 Wareham Street, Parcel 4

23 Acres

http://statema.zoomprospector.com/default.aspx?DID=SITES_540d0584-28ac-459b-97b3-f887f454090d

48 Leona Drive (Campanelli Business Park)

6,000 SF: 4,380 SF warehouse, 1,620 SF office

http://www.naihunneman.com/propdocs/48%20Leona%20Flyer%202.23.11%20Email.pdf

Zoning & Permitting

Downtown Business District Zoning-Adopted June 2006.pdf (29K)

More Resources:

Here are a few links useful to businesses concerning zoning and permitting in Middleborough:

Building Department Fees/Forms/Documents: http://www.middleborough.com/building/documents.html

Building Department: Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.middleborough.com/building/faq.html

Zoning Board of Appeals: Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.middleborough.com/zba/faq.html

Zoning Board of Appeals: Fees/Forms/Documents: http://www.middleborough.com/zba/documents.html

Conservation Commission: Fees/Forms/Documents: http://www.middleborough.com/conservation/documents.html