Brookings Institution

Readers offer economic development suggestions

Last week I asked what businesses you thought Greater Williamsburg should be pursuing to diversity its economy. Several of you had ideas, including some that tracked what economic development professionals have been working on.

Some readers chose to highlight what they have seen work elsewhere.

Tilford Bartman suggested North Central Massachusetts where he lived for 33 years, as a model.

“They had a strong manufacturing base until most of it died or moved overseas by the late 1970's, but they were very successful in coming back really strong primarily with Medical/Biotech, and IT & High Tech. Brookings Institution recently named the area one of the 20 strongest...