Brockton is dedicated to fostering economic growth. This is seen through city departments and ordinances, as well as through collaborations with external partners like the Brockton 21st Century Corporation, Brockton Redevelopment Authority, Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board and Metro South Chamber of Commerce.
The City of Brockton is also a member of the Gateway Cities Coalition. Set up in 2008, there are 13 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth. Through a collaborative effort, these communities work to address the challenges they face and promote a set of policies that can jump-start their economies, trigger regional growth and prosperity, and improve the lives and futures of their residents.
Economic Development Video
50 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Mr. Philip Griffin,
Mr. Gerald Smith,
Mrs. Suzanne Fernandes,
Mr. Eugene Marrow,
Mr. Richard Johnson,
Brockton Redevelopment Authority
The Brockton Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is a quasi-public agency contracted by the City of Brockton that is tasked with community development and economic revitalization, specifically for the benefit of low- and moderate-income households and areas of the city.
The BRA works with the Mayor, the Planning Department, and other city departments to develop and achieve a strategic development vision. The BRA also works in partnership with other organizations like the Brockton 21st Century Corporation, Metro South Chamber of Commerce, private businesses, and developers to further the vision.
As part of the BRA’s contract, it acts as the management agent for the City’s housing and community development funds, US Department of Energy (DOE) funding, and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding. These resources include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. The principal purpose of the funding is to improve the lives low- and moderate-income residents of the city through economic development, affordable housing, and social program.
MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board
The MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board (MHGBWB) is a business-led, policy-setting board that oversees workforce development initiatives in our ten-community region.
MHGBWB, along with the Mayor of Brockton, charters the MassHire Greater Brockton Career, the One Stop Career Center operated by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and YouthWorks, the youth career and educational resource center. Providing oversight and leveraging resources, MHGBWB works with our community leaders to respond to current trends in our region.
MHGBWB works with employers to bring training resources to the region and to foster collaborations for regional priorities. We also serve as ambassador for the MA Workforce Training fund and conduct training sessions for employers. An additional focus of the Board is to respond to the need for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) resources into our region. Developing new strategies to build the capacity of the region, MHGBWB has initiated a wide range of programming for ABE & ESOL residents. A full time staff manages operations and assists the Board in the implementation of policy and practices.
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
The Metro South Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business association based in the City of Brockton, Massachusetts. The Metro South Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes the local business community through leadership in public advocacy, education, networking, information and community development.
The Chamber serves nearly 1,000 member businesses of all sizes from virtually all industries in the communities of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Holbrook, Norwell, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.
Chartered in 1913, the Metro South Chamber of Commerce has evolved into the region’s oldest and leading economic development and business advocacy organization. The Metro South Chamber was one of the charter members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is one of only ten Chambers of Commerce in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that is accredited by the U.S. Chamber.
Old Colony Planning Council
The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is a governmental entity that was established under state statute in 1967 as a comprehensive regional agency to “prepare plans for the physical, social and economic development of the District.”
The Council was formed in response to a growing need of local communities to be able to address the multitude of problems that cross over local boundaries such as air and water pollution, transportation deficiencies and economic distress. These types of problems require cooperative action by affected local governments and the Old Colony Planning Council is the governmental mechanism available at the local level to effect municipal cooperation and coordination.
Old Colony Planning Council is one of 13 regional planning agencies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The plans and recommendations of the Old Colony Planning Council are advisory only and non-binding upon the 15 member communities that form the planning district.
Established in 2008, the 13 Massachusetts Gateway Cities are a coalition participating in a collaborative effort to address the challenges they face and promote a set of policies that can jump-start their economies, trigger regional growth and prosperity, and improve the lives and futures of their residents.