At the Chamber, we know that a thriving economy needs affordable housing for the workforce and sensible development for neighborhoods and businesses.

Housing and development are not just business issues, they are also community issues.

In the race for talent, every advantage – or disadvantage – matters, so employers understand the need to address our region’s housing costs. Massachusetts has among the highest housing costs in the country and, particularly in the context of remote work, talent will seek less expensive, quality housing, whether it’s thousands of miles away or just over the state’s border.  

In developing and upgrading the commercial building stock, we need to balance costs and outcomes so there’s affordable space for businesses to start and grow. The same approach applies to residential buildings to maintain an adequate, affordable housing supply. 

Building Community for Work and Life

Increase Supply 
Increase Supply 

Increase workforce housing, including more use of transit oriented developments.  

Contain Cost 
Contain Cost 

Avoid policies that further increase costs for both new and existing buildings

Incentivize Change 
Incentivize Change 

Use incentives, rather than penalties, to create and retrofit buildings to meet climate goals

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