Choosing Our

About South Shore 2030

In order to strengthen the South Shore’s economy and support its communities, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce initiated a comprehensive study to address the region’s current and future challenges, leverage its strengths, and capitalize on its opportunities. Greatly assisted by the input of residents, workers, and businesses throughout the region as well as guidance from a diverse group of area leaders, South Shore 2030: Choosing Our Future, the multi-year blueprint for regional economic growth was developed.

What We Know

Facing Challenges

The South Shore is a desirable place to live with a high quality of life but we have challenges.  An aging demographic; an employment base that is consolidating and diminishing jobs; the local economy; transportation & housing.

Lack of Planning

Residential growth without economic growth can overwhelm the infrastructure.  Aging population could lead to a shrinking workforce and reduced local services which can make the region less attractive for younger people or businesses.

Preserve & Change

To preserve what we have, we must change where we are headed.  We must attract younger people, including more families; diversify our economic base; and capitalize on our proximity to Boston.

What We Will Do

Be more welcoming.

Attract a younger workforce and be inclusive to families

Support the community.

Strengthen public and private sector collaboration to build stronger communities

Support local businesses.

Strengthen and retain existing businesses in key target sectors.

Encourage new business growth.

Promote new business start-ups and entrepreneurship on the South Shore.

Relocation relocation relocation.

Recruit new businesses to the region.

Improve our infrastructure capacity.

Continue to focus on enhanced intra- and inter-regional mobility.

In the News

2017

Adam, Silva (September 28, 2017)  South Shore Chamber talks economic growth in Hanover

Chesto, Jon (September 21, 2017) Business calls for change in South Shore housing policy

Lane, Lambert (September 21, 2017) Chamber CEO says South Shore ‘has got to be serious’ about housing plans The Patriot Ledger

Lambert, Lane (August 14, 2017) Coming to a mall near you — much more than shopping  Hanover Wicked Local

Blog – Peter Forman (June 12, 2017) Senator Markey meets with SSCC leaders; addresses regional economic development The Patriot Ledger

Blog – Peter Forman (May 17, 2017) Gov. Baker announces South Shore Chamber as first business group to receive MHP Housing Hero Award The Patriot Ledger

Blog – Housing Solutions (July 26, 2017) Housing Solutions Participates on Chamber of Commerce Housing Working Group Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts

Karlson, Doug (August 2017) Mall Makeover Cape & Plymouth Business

2016

Lambert, Lane (January 28, 2016) South Shore Chamber lays out plan for economic growth  The Patriot Ledger

Editorial (February 6, 2016)  South Shore 2030 offers a roadmap and a warning The Patriot Ledger

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Living Spaces Needed by 2030 - that is only .4% growth over 20 Years
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FAQs

What does economic growth mean for me?

  • If a business: potential new business development or expanded workforce
  • If a resident: stronger tax base, likely higher property values and stronger local services. If a Boston commuter potentially newer career opportunities closer to home.

How will this help my business?

  • By expanding the region’s population and economic base there will be many new opportunities for existing businesses to benefit.
  • One part of the strategy to growing the economy though is helping our existing businesses become more successful. The Chamber and Economic Development Corporation are expanding the level of assistance that can be offered to existing small businesses.

Do I have to be a member of the Chamber to benefit?

Not for the broad benefits which include building stronger communities and attracting new businesses.  Everyone in the South Shore will benefit from the Chamber’s work.  Some of the business assistance programs are available only to members or to non-members at a higher cost.

How can I be involved?

Contact the Chamber.  The plan is being implemented through many different programs, committees, and scores of volunteer business professionals.  How people are involved varies based on their interests and current projects.

Will every town have to accept the plan?

No.  South Shore 2030 is a plan for the regional economic growth by drawing on different assets and opportunities throughout the region.

Will growth change my town?

The South Shore and individual communities will change with or without growth.  If we don not grow our percentage of younger residents and attract new businesses, we are likely to see a drop in local services and property values.  With growth we hope to strengthen local communities, partly by preserving some of the special qualities that make each town a little different.

Will growth strain local roads and infrastructure?

Yes.  However, part of the development plan anticipates this and calls for the business community to work with local state and federal officials to help solve those infrastructure problems.

Will residential growth increase local school costs?

That depends on the community.  Many communities are seeing declining enrollments which actually makes per pupil education costs higher and harder to support.  Communities with new growth may see some short-term marginal increase in education costs or see almost no cost impacts.

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GET IN TOUCH WITH US

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OUR OFFICE

South Shore Chamber of Commerce
1050 Hingham Street
Rockland, MA 02370
Email: info@southshore2030.com
Phone: 781.421.3900