About MERC

The MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University, established in 1991, collects and analyzes data related to economic conditions in several Massachusetts regions including the MetroWest and South Shore Cohesive Commercial Statistical Areas (CCSA) and the Greater Marlborough Region. MERC provides data and analyses on economic issues of vital interest to these regions. MERC analysis has proven critical for regional and town planning as well as for the retention and recruitment of businesses.

MERC's Mission is three-fold:

    Economic Research: Framingham State University faculty who participate in MERC activities develop and maintain economic databases for the MetroWest, the South Shore and nearby regions to facilitate better economic planning and decision making.
    Education through Internship: Economics and Business Administration majors have the opportunity to apply database management and analysis techniques acquired in the classroom to real-world activities which prepares them for high tech, financial, and other professional employment.
    Economic Outreach: MERC provides economic data and analyses to businesses, municipalities, non-profit organizations and residents through conferences, publications, community lectures and reports to improve regional competitiveness and job creation.

For more information, please contact the MERC Office at: 508-626-4033 or at merc@framingham.edu

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