WHO WE ARE

“One of the best parts, is helping to improve an economy, whether it’s a micro-economy or a town or regional economy, being able to recreate that vitality in these buildings or sites is keeping them alive.” – Sarah la Cour, Vice President of Operations

Extensive Experience

With a broad range of professional and technical expertise in both the public and private sectors, Westmass Area Development Corporation (Westmass) shapes and manage large-scale development projects, prepare district development strategies, and has successfully develop financing and incentive packages. Westmass staff has extensive experience in site planning and analysis, green infrastructure and low impact development, and historic preservation projects.

Created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1960 as not-for-profit economic and real estate development firm, its mission is to promote, stimulate, develop and advance the business prosperity and economic welfare of the western Massachusetts region and its citizens.

A History of Commercial and Industrial Property Development

Over the course of its history, Westmass has attracted and retained businesses to western Massachusetts through the development of industrial and business parks.

In addition, Westmass provides targeted innovative development strategies and guidance on public infrastructure financing, tax incentives, urban design, historic revitalization projects and real estate development management.

Its success record includes development of over 2,500 acres in 13 industrial parks and projects; enabling the build-out of over 12 million square feet of commercial space and residential units; leveraging $400 million in invested resources on our developments; and helping create over 10,000 jobs.

Focused on helping communities grow

While continuing to successfully develop parks and enable increased economic strength and viability in the region, Westmass staff have also been working in the real estate, economic development, planning and landscape design fields for over two decades.

The Westmass team has helped its clients to expand and improve existing facilities, revitalize deteriorated commercial and industrial areas, attract development to improve local economies, execute new development in multiple cities and towns and write development plans to revitalize areas that are impaired by weak market and/or physical conditions.

In addition, through successful grant writing and project management, Westmass has been able to secure significant state and federal funding for environmental assessment and cleanup and new infrastructure construction.