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Marlborough named a top small-market city for manufacturing

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – The Boyd Company, an internationally recognized business relocation firm, recently ranked Marlborough as one of its top 40 small-market cities for high tech manufacturing.
John Boyd, a principal with the Boyd Company, said the Princeton, New Jersey-based corporate site selection business studies what clients are looking for when relocating and ranks small-market cities based on the cost to operate in those cities, lifestyle amenities for employees and transportation.

Marlborough was one of just two New England cities on the list, joining West Kingston, Rhode Island. Many of the cities on the list are located in the midwest, southeast and western part of the country, including Gardnerville, Nevada; Lafayette, Indiana; and Pooler, Georgia. Those cities were selected as the best in their respective regions.

Marlborough made the list despite traditionally higher commercial real estate costs in the northeast compared to other areas of the country, said Boyd.

Boyd said Marlborough is attractive to companies due to its proximity to Boston, the availability of industrial and commercial real estate and lifestyle amenities in the area.

“Marlborough is a market that companies are looking at,” said Boyd. “Marlborough is on the radar screen. Proximity to Boston, proximity to the shoreline is key. The folks here do have a good reputation.”

Boyd praised the city’s efforts to make the community more walkable and its work to increase mixed-use developments. In the winter, city officials approved the new downtown “Marlborough Village” zoning district that encourages mixed-use projects with retail space on lower floors and housing on upper floors.

“Young workers want to live in these new walkable communities that are green and have amenities like restaurants and bars,” said Boyd.

Mayor Arthur Vigeant is proud of the city’s ranking as one of the Boyd Company’s top 40 small-market cities for high tech manufacturing. Over the past few years, the city has successfully attracted a number of high tech manufacturing companies and other businesses to Marlborough, significantly reducing the city’s commercial vacancy rate.

“We’re pretty proud of what we’re doing,” said Vigeant.

Vigeant said the city will continue to market Marlborough as an attractive option for high tech manufacturing companies and other businesses.

“When companies are attracted it helps the entire MetroWest area,” said Vigeant. “We’re hoping to continue our success.”

This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.