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In full transparency, the following is a press release.


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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has launched a program to help communities develop Rapid Recovery Plans for their downtowns and commercial districts.

This survey is for owners or managers of business establishments located in targeted commercial areas of participating communities.  This includes both for-profits and non-profits (and, even if your business is temporarily closed). 

Your input will help your community develop a plan that meets the needs of local businesses.

MAPC said businesses in Downtown Framingham are needed, as the City of Framingham creating a plan with Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development to help downtown businesses recover from the pandemic, but first needs to hear what businesses need.

We are looking for a response from only one representative per business (e.g., owner, CEO, executive director, manager).  If your business has multiple locations, please answer the questions as they pertain to the establishment located in the targeted commercial district.

We’ll ask a few questions in three topics areas:

  • business characteristics and satisfaction with location,
  • impacts of COVID, and
  • your opinion regarding potential strategies to support your business and improve the commercial district.

The survey is being conducted by an independent economic development research and consulting firm (FinePoint Associates). 

Results will be reported back to local community teams in aggregate form only, so your responses will be anonymous.

To take the survey, click here.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.