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Economist backs regional effort to promote Route 3 corridor

Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern University economist, spoke at the Middlesex 3 Coalition’s recent annual meeting.
Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern University economist, spoke at the Middlesex 3 Coalition’s recent annual meeting.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff/File

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A collaborative effort among five communities to promote their shared Route 3 corridor is getting some encouragement from a well-know economist.

Barry Bluestone, the founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University and a key adviser to the Patrick administration, hailed the partnership that Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, and Lowell are pursuing through the new Middlesex 3 Coalition.

“They understand that in this new globally competitive world, economic development turns out to be critically important and you need to do it right, Bluestone said. “And they seem committed to doing it and working with the business community to help them do it.”

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