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NBEDC, City Help Nutex Retain Nearly 35 Jobs

City Firm Receives ‘Nice Christmas Present’ By Aaron Nicodemus, Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — A dark cloud lifted for the 35 or so employees at Nutex Industries in the South End yesterday after the company emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For months, the company had operated under bankruptcy protection, a double-edged sword that was […]

Local Market Promotes High-End Handcrafted Items

Bringing shoppers downtown once a month on Saturdays to the NBopenmarket has grown from an idea to reality with an initial 15 vendors that more than doubled over the course of four months. “The NBopenmarket is modeled on a flea market, but it’s much more than that. All the items are high-end, fine crafts. Everything […]

Wareham Woman to Head City’s Troubled Harbor Commission

Wareham Woman to Head Troubled Panel By Becky W. Evans, Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — Mayor Scott W. Lang has appointed Kristin Decas of Wareham as the new executive director of the Harbor Development Commission, which is fraught with financial and management problems, including conflict-of-interest questions involving its treasurer and a $1.3 million debt […]

Business Park on Upswing

New Companies Expansion Add Hundreds of Jobs to City By Aaron Nicodemus, Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Business Park had the best year in its history in 2006, with six companies either relocating or expanding in the park, and three new roads allowing for more to come. Tom Davis, executive director […]

Region Willing to Work

SouthCoast Defies Statewide Trend of Declining Labor Force By Brian Boyd, Standard-Times Staff Writer Photo Credit: Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times Rick Barisano braves the frigid temperatures as he works around the foundation at the future site of the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in the new Target plaza in Dartmouth. A study released today shows that SouthCoast has […]

Hangar OK’d For Delta Flight School

By Jack Spillane, Standard-Times staff writer NEW BEDFORD — The City Council set the city on the runway to an improved airport last night, but chose not to rev its engines too quickly. The council’s Finance Committee (a committee of the entire council) approved $1.1 million in bonding authority for a new hangar for the […]

Regional Leaders Discuss Economics with Patrick’s Transition Team

Patrick’s Economic Development Team Hears from SouthCoast By Brian Fraga, Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — Seeing a rare opportunity to influence economic development policy, dozens of SouthCoast business leaders, planning officials, educators and politicians packed a UMass Dartmouth Star Store campus classroom yesterday for a public forum with Gov.-elect Deval Patrick’s transition team. They […]

Lang Mulls Options on Rail

Mayor Renews Idea of Lakeville Route By Jack Spillane, Standard-Times Staff Writer New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang has quietly begun exploring the possibility of connecting the long-sought SouthCoast commuter rail line to the Lakeville/Middleboro station. Mayor Lang says the connection might be more economical and have New Bedford-Boston trains running sooner than waiting for […]

Freezer Ship to Unload in City

By Becky W. Evans, Standard-Times Staff Writer The new year will bring a 350-foot freezer ship into the port of New Bedford to unload frozen herring and mackerel caught in offshore waters by a fleet of up to nine trawlers that are too small to carry the fish back to shore safely. James Odlin, president […]

Share Economic Development Ideas with Governor-Elect Patrick’s Job’s Task Force

Please come to a meeting to help Governor-Elect Deval Patrick’s administration set its strategy for business growth and economic development. The Governor-Elect has formed a number of task forces to assist him in developing policy around key issues that impact our state. This Tuesday, December 5th, the Economic Development transition task force will hold a […]