Economic Development

Register here for Youth Manufacturing Day. 

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Register here for Youth Manufacturing Day. 

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****THANK YOU! What a fun and successful event!****

9/10/22 2pm-4pm

Kelley's Corner Block Party 

presented by Roche Bros

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Thank you to all the Kelley’s Corner Block Party Sponsors and Supporters!

Come join this fun community event! We will have a live band, magician, bubble party, face painting, henna, crafts, raffle, photographer, games, bike safety & e-bike clinic, drones over Kelley's Corner and more! FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!

Park in the Kmart Plaza and walk over to Acton Plaza for the fun! Support the Food Drive - bring/drop off non-perishable items in the Community pantry bin inside Roche Bros & support Acton Food Pantry. 

View the event program here

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Tips to Green Your Biz

Hear from Acton's Sustainability Director, Andrea Becerra, Acton's Economic Development Director, Julie Pierce Onos and Acton's Transportation and Mobility Fellow, Degen Larkin as they talk about ways Acton's businesses can become more green. Click below:

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Grants & Technical Assistance Awarded for the Acton, MA Business Community and Visual Artists

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Public Art in Acton, MA– Boosting the Creative Economy

The Creative Economy is an important part of our economic and social well-being and we want to both support working artists in our community and add more public art to our streetscapes for all to enjoy. We are proud of the working artists and artisans in the Acton community. For this specific call for art we commissioned murals and benches. Commissioned mural artists are: Meg Nichols, Elizabeth Bejar-Benz, Elizabeth Ames & Shara Osgood. Commissioned bench artists are: Yin Peet, Pam Tobbler & Sunanda Sahay.  

Read the press release here

The first community mural is going into Kelley's Corner on Main Street! Check out the progress and let us know what you think!

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Acton Business Incubator

We are proud of the Acton business community and our goal is to help the businesses who are here to stay and thrive while also attracting new businesses. The business community provides products and services to our Town and a livelihood for the business owners and their employees. This year we started our inaugural Acton, MA Business Incubator where the business owners receive micro-grants and technical information. Business Awardees are: Handworks Gallery, Anita’s Shoe Boutique, Eve & Murray’s Farm to Home, Q Cleaner & Tailor, Live 4 Physical Therapy & Wellness Advising, acanthi, SquashWest Sports & Fitness, Charlie Media, TensorDock, Abode to Adore LLC, RF’s Workshop LLC, Green Home Solutions, Sal’s Auto, Penguin Coding School, Ames Art Studio & Gallery, Cooperative Elder Services and Wicked Good Henna.

The entire business community is invited to attend the webinar series, free of charge, regardless of if they were selected for a grant award or not.  You can register for each of the three sessions here.  

Read the press release here

Sign up for Acton's Business Boost!

Sign up to receive the Acton MA Business Boost: An Economic Development Newsletter. Each issue will spotlight new happenings with local businesses and organizations as well as resources and events that may be of interest. Connect with us and stay up to date! Sign up here

Overview

The Town of Acton is business-friendly and our economic development initiatives are designed to create and stimulate an environment in which businesses succeed.  We are here to serve as a conduit for this work.  Thinking of starting a business or have ideas to maintain or grown your existing company? Call or send a message today!

Acton Community Movie

The Town of Acton supports our local business community in creative and innovative ways.  The Town collaborated with CGI Communications to help businesses market themselves and reach potential customers while also showcasing all the great things about our community.  Check out the video shorts here.

Economic Development Initiatives

In 2021, the Town of Acton released a report about how the town can be part of the Commonwealth's Local Rapid Recovery Planning initiatives. View the Great Road Corridor Revitalization Local Rapid Recovery Plan Report here to view a wealth of information including data and presentations shared during the public hearing phase of developing the plan, diagnostic key findings and recommendations.  The Commonwealth's Recovery Program was developed to help individual towns develop project-based recovery plans by providing technical support and guidance from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Plan Facilitators to assist in the development of customized plans. It also provided a research-based diagnostic framework to assist all stakeholders in understanding the unique economic challenges within their own municipalities covering four major areas: the customer base, the physical environment, the business environment and the administrative capacity that exists.

As a result of study and analysis in Acton, eleven projects were recommended that range from way finding signage, expansion of the municipal sewer system, shared marketing and collaborations among business owners, and improved pedestrian and bicycle access along the Great Road Corridor in Acton.  All proposed projects are targeted towards improving consumers' ease of access, improving visitors' experience, and increasing businesses' capacity to reach and interact with their clients. 

The key takeaway of the report is that in Acton, a "full recovery will depend on a mix of private and public realm projects." The proposed projects involve sufficient public-private partnerships and room for feedback from residents, consumers and business owners so that by following the key performance indicators and timeframes, the completed projects improve the economic sustainability of our Town.

Happening Around Town

If you have any programs or events related to building collaboration among business owners, residents and the Town, please feel free to share.  Our Town has a number of ways to collaborate and interact with others. Additionally there are some upcoming changes in our Town that may be of interest to businesses and residents as well.  A few programs and associations are highlighted here:

Acton Supports It's Local Businesses!

Acton is a business-friendly community, with a recent history of approving tax incentives for companies moving into Town. Associated Environmental Systems was granted a Special Tax Assessment to relocate from Ayer to Acton, doubling its workforce in the process.  Acton taxpayers granted a generous Tax Increment Financing deal to Insulet Corporation, enabling the medical device company to build a global headquarters and manufacturing facility for its Omnipod insulin delivery device. These companies, along with Haartz Corporation, are working with the Town and MassHire to create the Middlesex County Manufacturing Collaborative to match job seekers with the training necessary to become valuable manufacturing employees. Acton is a leader in the region.

In September 2020, Acton voters approved funding for a small business grant program for those negatively impacted by COVID-19.  The grant program was supposed to be funded by CARES Act funding, but the MA Department of Revenue prevented this.  Acton voters stepped up to use more than $165,000 in free cash to fund the small business grant program. This program helped over 40 businesses which was significantly impactful to keeping these businesses afloat. 

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