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Mass. development official touts recovery, looks to future

TELEGRAM & GAZETTE – Massachusetts has recovered from recession enough to return to work on factors critical to the state’s long-term economic success, the state’s economic development chief said Friday.

Sec. Greg Bialecki speaking at the 2013 Marlborough Innovation Summit on Manufacturing

Gregory Bialecki told about 100 people gathered for a manufacturing innovation summit that housing, transportation and advanced manufacturing capacity are fundamentals that require attention.

All would have been difficult to talk about three years ago before employment returned to pre-recession levels, Mr. Bialecki said during a speech at The Campus at Marlborough. Issues related to long-term expansion are “a happy problem to have,” he said.

More multi-family housing, financial investments in transportation and manufacturing are needed, Mr. Bialecki said. Young families and individuals need multi-family housing, he said, and the state is planning investments in transportation infrastructure, including recently announced plans to buy new subway cars for the Boston-area transit system.

Massachusetts also cannot cede all production of the goods conceived here to other places, Mr. Bialecki said.

“It has to be a place where we implement them and make them,” he said.

This story originally appeared here.