Last month, the Chamber launched a study of water, wastewater and development in a section of the South Shore is in the news.
Here is some follow-up coverage of the report and how Weymouth officials view it in terms of the town's future.
If you missed the report's release, you can view the presentation here or download the slide deck. Want to read the full report? Click here!
Atlantic Mechanical is currently working on a diverse array of projects such as a new Roche Bros supermarket, Trade Roots Laboratories, and a new SpOt bakery.
We have been working closely with our friends in the hospitality industry to assist our restaurant partners with getting back to “business as usual”, or “normal business operations” as soon as possible. We have worked diligently with this industry to help the restaurateurs that were open during these most difficult times while now re-opening those businesses who had been shut down.
One area that has not suffered as bad as some others are our local breweries. We have been working with area business owners to expand their businesses by adding and upgrading refrigeration and HVAC capacities, along with custom maintenance plans that keep their equipment running at peak efficiency while extending their useful life and identifying issues before they become expensive problems. Our maintenance programs are tailored to each facility and are a proven investment.
Within a year’s time, under unprecedented circumstances, Gratta Property Management was also able to construct, build, and complete a brand new 42-unit apartment complex, combined with an underground garage and a new café, Fuel America, situated on the ground floor, in the district’s bustling Weymouth Landing. As Gratta Property Management is also the Owner of Atlantic Mechanical, Atlantic installed all the state-of-the-art HVAC systems incorporated into the interior of this fabulous building.
As spring arrives and the building is now almost 100% occupied, this project is bound to be a welcomed addition to the Landing’s history.
A satellite refrigeration compressor station for a major grocer on the South Shore was completely designed, fabricated, and installed by craftsmen from Atlantic Mechanical. The handsome control panel was fabricated in our shop and the custom mounting framework was built on-site. Prior to this installation there was a problem with the existing compressors where they could fail under certain high demand conditions and this new station has added capacity and redundancy to the system and greatly reduced the risk of failure.
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Ellis Realty Advisors an Interview with Dave Ellis
Founder and Managing Partner, Dave Ellis, sat down for a quick Q&A on the eve of the Ellis Realty Advisors 3-year business anniversary. He provided insight into launching the company, building a team, the strengths of the South Shore, and the benefits of being a member of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.
Q - What surprised you the most in your first three years?
I’d say how excited I was, and how excited other people were about the launch of Ellis Realty Advisors. I didn’t know what kind of reception we would get, from the market, different brokers, peers, clients. When we launched I had some reservations. Did I make the right decision? Does this make sense? But as I started to hear people’s excitement, I was very encouraged.
Q - Every company has a 5 year plan, and we’re just about in the middle of E.R.A’s 5 year plan, what are you looking to accomplish next?
I think it’s a balancing act, we want to grow in all directions, expand our different business lines that support our brokerage, and expand on our team’s strengths. But we also want to continue building relationships within our community, and adding value to the communities we live and work in. I want to continue building relationships with non-profits, and other organizations that are striving to do good in the world.
Company culture is also a focus. I’ll never tell you I know everything about something, I’m always trying to learn and educate myself on different things, and that’s the culture I hope to foster within the company, one that supports learning and growth.
Q - What do you focus on when building a team of agents?
The way I view building a team is similar to building a team in sports or other organizations that foster teamwork. I think it starts with a little bit of competition, we are in a competitive industry after all. I want agents that genuinely want to be the best they can be, and believe they can do better than the competition, but that’s not everything. They also need to have respect for each other, and collaborate. One person isn’t going to take the ball and score on their own, everyone is going to rely on each other.
You also have to have good communication with your team to maintain that, offering praise and constructive feedback when you need to. It goes back to that learning mentality, if you’re a team of know-it alls, you’re not going to grow and solve the problems you’ll collectively face.
Q - What advice would you give to other businesses that are looking to ramp up?
I think the best way I found to grow was relying on advisors to help steer me in the right direction. Getting advice from people who have the experience helped me confidently make certain decisions, and take certain actions that I otherwise might not have thought of. Whether it’s from a CPA, an attorney, a business coach, a life coach, commercial real estate broker, you name it, you should always be asking how we can do better. And once you have gotten better, I’ve found that you don’t stop asking yourself that question.
Q - How has being a South Shore Chamber of Commerce member helped with your business?
Relationships and economic development. It’s a fantastic medium to find like-minded professionals, which is always important. Especially as a business that’s tied to economic development, and tied to what’s going on in the communities around us. It’s also a great sounding board for various initiatives taken by the people in the community. I credit a lot of my success and growth as a business owner to the South Shore Chamber because I was able to make really strong connections and friendships through the chamber.
Ellis Realty Advisors is a leading provider of real estate services on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Ellis Realty’s team consists of multi-disciplined commercial real estate professionals specializing in a range of services for tenants, owners, investors and developers.
Thank you to Rockland Trust for their continued support of South Shore 2030 and the Housing Initiative.
Welcome new members, The Cabinetry and Old Colony Elder Services!
We released our 2020 Recap for South Shore 2030 this week. Download it here!
Welcome to our newest Executive Committee members, Rich Fernandez, BID-Milton and Bonnie Simmons, Citrin Cooperman.
Did you miss these blogs?
- Zoning Reform Passes in the Legislature
- Happy Chamberversaries!
- Guest Blog from Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP: Unpacking the Federal Stimulus Package’s Direct Payments
We're happy to announce these early supporters of our 2021 programming - 3Mentor Advisory, Brigham Health, Hollywood Agency, and MountainOne Bank. Don't miss the opportunity to become a sponsor or underwriter this year! Read more about offerings here!
1/20 Housing on the South Shore: Water/Wastewater Capacity
1/29 NPO Annual Meeting (for Non-Profit members only)
2/05 Kitchen Spotlight with Chef Greg Jordan, The Quarry Restaurant
Did you see this week's Front Doors featured on our social media? SSCC members - send us your front door!
We're pleased to announce Eastern Bank as our newest South Shore 2030 funder and Mission Partner.
Thank you Bay Copy, Campanelli, Curry College, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey, & Lehane, LLP, Perry CRE, and Rockland Trust for their continued support of the Partnership program.
Welcome new members Alden Ash Consulting, LLC, My Brother's Keeper, Pop-A-Lock Locksmith of Southeastern MA, Production Resources, Seacoast United Sports Club, and Swell Marketing Group!
Welcome to our newest Board of Directors: Jack Connell, Eastern Nazarene College; Nancy Curry, Envision Bank; Brian Renstrom, CLA; and Frank Zona, Zona.
You will soon hear from our two newest Ambassadors: Mary Ann Blackmur of Brigham Health and Damion Outar of JCO Groups of Services.
We want to welcome the new leadership at the following organizations: Dr. Allen L. Smith, President, South Shore Health; Robert Cinnante, President, South Shore Conservatory; and Steven Telesmanick, CEO, School on Wheels of Massachusetts.
Don't miss these upcoming events!
Have you seen our Virtual Event Sponsorships & Committee Underwriter opportunities?
REMEMBER: Send us your front door to be featured in our #FrontDoorFriday posts!
Check out our Year in Review video below!
South Shore Chamber update on MBTA proposed service cuts
The MBTA proposed a series of transit cuts earlier this month in an attempt to answer some budget shortfalls due to a decrease in revenue and ridership. These proposed cuts affect Ferry Service in Hingham & Hull, as well as some bus and commuter rail service in the region.
The proposed MBTA service cuts could impact far more people and interests than simply the individual riders of ferries, buses, and trains. Some of the proposals threaten the region’s economic future. Municipalities, developers, businesses, and homeowners have planned, invested, or located around long-term transit assets.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has been engaged in dozens of public and private discussions with state and local officials as well as residents and businesses. The Chamber recognizes the financial pressure on the MBTA during the COVID-19 slowdown when people have been asked to stay at home. However, we are also looking to the recovery. We are concerned that deep cuts or elimination of services during a slowdown may mean no services during the recovery. Mass-transit services are not easily reinstated once capital and personnel changes are made.
The Chamber has submitted a formal statement to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board. The FMCB will be making their decisions in the next few weeks.
Chamber's advocacy efforts
On November 17th, organized and led meeting with Joe Aiello, Fiscal and Management Control Board Chair for the MBTA with 50 + regional leaders, stakeholders, local officials.
Submission of an official letter to MBTA outlining concerns. See link to full letter.
Creation of member sign-on letter. Chamber members can support our position and express concern by reading and signing the letter via the link provided.
South Shore Chamber to Partner with Metropolitan Area Planning Council on Smart Growth Analysis with Grant from MassDevelopment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROCKLAND, MA, ISSUED AUGUST 4, 2020….The South Shore Chamber of Commerce (www.southshorechamber.org), is pleased to announce a partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to analyze key development opportunities on the South Shore with a $75,000 grant from MassDevelopment and $25,000 from the South Shore Chamber’s Economic Development Corporation.
The Chamber will work with MAPC to conduct a high-level assessment of water and wastewater supply and demand dynamics for a number of potential growth areas in the South Shore region. This will include parts of the city of Weymouth and towns of Hanover, Hingham, Norwell and Rockland. This assessment will help to determine where water and wastewater infrastructure could be expanded to allow for more commercial and residential development.
The grant is part of over $3.6 million allocated to projects in the fourth annual round of the Site Readiness Program awards. These awards provide vital resources to municipalities, private-sector businesses and nonprofit economic development entities to help overcome obstacles to developing otherwise prime locations. The program aims to boost Massachusetts’ supply of large, well-located, project-ready sites; accelerate private-sector investment in industrial and commercial projects; and support the conversion of abandoned sites and obsolete facilities into clean, actively used, tax-generating properties.
“We are proud to partner with MAPC in their mission to promote smart growth and regional collaboration across the South Shore,” said Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. “The work they do is essential for the region and is a perfect complement to our ongoing comprehensive economic and community development plan South Shore 2030.”
“MAPC looks forward to building on the regional planning work that we’ve already completed with the South Shore Chamber, municipal leaders, and the private sector to facilitate thoughtful development on the South Shore,” said Betsy Cowan, Chief of Economic Development at MAPC and the coordinator for the agency’s South Shore Coalition subregion. “We know that infrastructure constraints affect development on the South Shore, and we see this as an opportunity to identify shared solutions to unlock the full potential of the region. We are grateful for the continued leadership of the South Shore Chamber and look forward to this partnership.
About the South Shore Chamber of Commerce
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has long been recognized throughout the state as one of the most active and forceful advocates for the business community and numbers among the larger Chambers of Commerce nationally. The South Shore Chamber is a not-for-profit association of businesses in the communities south of Boston. It is committed to helping its members grow their businesses and to improve the business climate in the region. Members range in size from major international corporations headquartered on the South Shore to small local firms and sole proprietorships. For additional information on the Chamber, please visit www.southshorechamber.org or call 781-421-3900.
About the Metropolitan Area Planning Council
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Greater Boston. MAPC’s mission is promoting smart growth and regional collaboration. Learn more and read our blog at www.mapc.org, and follow MAPC on Twitter and Facebook @MAPCMetroBoston.
Media: Jim Farrell, PR First, 781-681-6616, email@example.com
The state’s 2011 gaming law designated certain levels and types of gaming activity in specific regions of the state. Half of the South Shore falls in Region C which includes the Cape and Islands, Bristol and Plymouth Counties. Norfolk County is in Region A. There are two categories of facilities.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently endorsed House Bill 4070, An Act Relative to the Authority of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which will allow the gaming commission to consider a Category 2 license as well as a Category 1 license in the region. The Chamber covers approximately 25 communities along Route 3; about half of which are in Region C.
The goal of the Expanded Gaming Act in 2011 was to promote economic development and job creation throughout the state. Specifically, this law allowed up to three destination resort casinos located in three geographically diverse regions across the state and a single slots facility at one location statewide. Today, destination resort casinos are up and running in Regions A & B, with a slots facility also operating in Region A.
The Chamber is actively engaged in regional economic development work to make the area more economically competitive. This includes broadening our current economic base. We find it troubling that part of our region in Southeastern Massachusetts is almost effectively blocked under current legislation from even considering a gaming option in this area since the prospects, if any, of a full resort casino in Region C appear distant.
The Chamber’s support for H 4070 is to allow consideration of options. We have not taken any position on any specific gaming proposal. We simply believe that the region should at least have some options open for new development. Likewise, it is our hope that the Commission will reopen the licensing process so proposals can be considered.
Dr. Mark Melnick of The Donahue Institute spoke at our Economic Outlook breakfast co-sponsored with Envision Bank. We are pleased to share his presentation which included some nice comparisons on how the South Shore stacks up with the rest of the state on key economic factors. It validated some of our work on South Shore 2030 to make the region economically stronger. We were particularly impressed with three slides: