One of the region’s leading experts on housing trends and economics will be the featured speaker at the chamber’s annual Spring Business Breakfast on Thursday May 17 at the Needham Sheraton.
Barry Bluestone, Northeastern professor and author of “Greater Boston Housing Report Card” will offer insights on how Greater Boston’s booming real estate and jobs economy impacts housing demand, affordably and business attraction, particularly in the inner suburban communities like Newton and Needham.
The Spring Business Breakfast, presented by Eastern Bank, is one of the chamber’s two marquee breakfasts meetings of the year. The event will once again also honor area businesses for their innovative advances in reducing energy costs or the creation of green products or services through the chamber’s annual Green Business Awards, presented by World Energy Efficiencies Services.
“No one understands how intricately our region’s economic prosperity and ability to attract great top employers is connected to housing than Professor Bluestone,” said Chamber President Greg Reibman. “This is a critical conversation for everyone who has an interest in our economic and cultural vitality.”
A former Newton resident, Bluestone is currently the Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy at Northeastern University. Arriving at Northeastern in 1999, he became the founding Director of the university’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and in 2008 became the founding Dean of the university’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs.
Bluestone’s “Greater Boston Housing Report Card” has been published by The Boston Foundation each year since 2002.