Trending Developments
Volume 3, Issue 2

FROED Board of Directors:

February 201...
Trending Developments
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Leapfrog Group Names
St. Anne’s a Top Hospital

The Leapfrog Group...
Trending Developments
Fall River by the Numbers…

Historical Population of the SouthCoast




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  1. 1. Trending Developments FALL RIVER OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Volume 3, Issue 2 FROED Board of Directors: February 2014 FOXWOODS NAMES FALL RIVER AS POTENTIAL LOCATION OF RESORT CASINO Officers Mayor William A Flanagan, Chairman/Ex-officio Paul S. Medeiros, President James M. Karam, Vice President Frank Marchione, Treasurer Alan F. Macomber, Clerk At-Large Members Joseph Baptista Paul C. Burke Francisco Cabral Nicholas M. Christ Mark Cordeiro Larry Couto Carlos A. DaCunha Jerry Donovan Bruce Fernandes Alfredo M. Franco Craig A. Jesiolowski Stephen R. Karam Michael Lund Joseph A. Marshall George Matouk, Jr. Joan Menard Kenneth R. Rezendes Anthony Riccitelli Joseph Ruggeiro, Sr. James P. Sabra Len Sullivan Ex-Officio Members Daniel Abraham Joseph D. Camara Carl Garcia Craig A. Jesiolowski Atty. William G. Kenney Meg Mayo-Brown John J. Sbrega Corporate Counsel Atty. James W. Clarkin On January 28, 2014, Mayor William A. Flanagan hosted a press conference to announce a partnership with Foxwoods Resort Casino of Connecticut to bring a $750 million resort casino to Fall River. The proposed plan includes a casino, hotel, spa, convention center, entertainment venue, and multiple restaurants, which would create 3,000 to 5,000 jobs. and are accepting structured offers from current land owners. In an effort to facilitate this process, Mayor Flanagan has established a real estate committee of local leaders, which is chaired by Attorney Kenneth Fiola, Jr., the Executive Vice President of the Fall River Office of Economic Development. Foxwoods would like to have land under agreement by mid-March. Mayor Flanagan stated “This project will create thousands of jobs for Fall River residents and add tens of millions of dollars in additional revenue for our community.” The Mayor further stated, “Fall River residents will have priority and preference on every job that is generated from this project.” Foxwoods CEO and President Scott Butera was also on hand at the press event to express Foxwoods’ interest in becoming part of the Fall River community noting that resort casinos have proven to be “economic engines” for the communities which they inhabit. Attorney Fiola is cautiously optimistic that a suitable location will be identified for the project noting, “I am hopeful that the private sector will help us identify an appropriately sized parcel so as to enable the hard working people of this community an opportunity for continued job growth and economic diversity. In addition to raising millions of dollars in new real estate tax revenue for the city, this resort destination casino project will represent thousands of much needed direct and indirect job opportunities for the residents of Fall River and the surrounding communities.” Foxwoods is currently looking for 30+ acre parcels to accommodate their resort casino plan (Continued on page 2) Non-Voting Members Robert A. Mellion FROED Staff: Kenneth Fiola, Jr., Esq. Executive Vice President Stephen Parr, Director of Finance Janet A. Misturado, Director of Administration Louise A. Methot, Financial Services Representative Maria R. Doherty, Network Administrator Lynn M. Oliveira, Economic Development Coordinator Inside this issue: St. Anne’s Hospital 2 The Pink Bean Coffee 2 Bar Fall River by the Numbers 3 Taphouse Grille 3 Atlantic Lighting 4 Customer Service Workshop 4 Fall River Office of Economic Development One Government Center Fall River, MA 02722 Phone: (508) 324-2620 Fax: (508) 677-2840 Looking for a job? Visit then select the “Current Employment Opportunities” tab. Next click “Job Search” and this will launch an interactive database. Within this database alone there are currently 500+ employment opportunities within a 5 mile radius of Fall River.
  2. 2. Trending Developments Foxwoods (Continued from page 1) Leapfrog Group Names St. Anne’s a Top Hospital The Leapfrog Group has named Saint Anne’s HospiOnce land has been identified tal for the first time to its for the project, the plan needs annual list of Top Hospitals. to be approved by the city The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting through a voter referendum on December 3rd in Arlingand subsequently approved by the state gaming commis- ton, Virginia, which gathered key decision-makers sion. A host agreement will from Leapfrog's network of accompany the plan outlining purchaser members, industhe direct benefits Fall River try partners, health care will receive from Foxwoods’ stakeholders and national collaborators. establishment of the resort casino within the city. “Recognition by a goldAmong the casino standard organization such requirements outlined in host as The Leapfrog Group for agreements, language is typ- high quality, safe patient ically included that recare is a true honor,” said Craig Jesiolowski, FACHE, quires casinos to purchase a fixed dollar amount of goods President of Saint Anne’s from local businesses. These Hospital. “It affirms the collective commitment by requirements have reached our physicians and entire up to $50 million annually. hospital team to deliver the While this is a multi-faceted plan, all parties are looking to move quickly with an ideal construction start date of spring 2015. To view the full Foxwoods Casino Resort press conference from January 28, 2014, please visit the FROED website at a Top Hospital. Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. “The field of hospitals considered for this year’s elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever. By achieving the Top Hospital right care at the right time in accolade, Saint Anne’s has the right setting, resulting in demonstrated exemplary superior patient outcomes performance across all areas and a satisfying experience of quality and patient safety for patients and their fam- that are analyzed on the ilies.” Leapfrog Hospital Survey,” said Leah Binder, President Jesiolowski also noted that and Chief Executive Officer Steward Health Care’s inof The Leapfrog Group. vestments in Saint Anne’s significant facility renovaSaint Anne’s Hospital was tions and expansions have also awarded a fourth conalso contributed to higher secutive “A” grade in the quality patient care, safety, Fall 2013 update to the Hosservice, and satisfaction. pital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals Of 1,324 U.S. hospitals par- protect patients from acciticipating in Leapfrog’s an- dents, errors, injuries and nual survey, Saint Anne’s infections. was one of only 90 hospitals nationwide to be selected as Visit for additional information. Page 2 The Pink Bean Coffee Bar Located at 162 Columbia Street inside Duke’s Variety & Gluten Free Bakery, The Pink Bean Coffee Bar offers a variety of organic fair-trade coffees to meet every coffee lovers needs. The Pink Bean promotes all forms of wellness, which means they only use organic, fair-trade beans that are individually chosen for color and boldness then roasted locally, daily to ensure the freshest coffee possible. To further this objective, the Pink Bean offers patrons hormone-free milk, cream, soy and almond milks as well as honey, blue agave, stevia and raw sugar to compliment their coffee selections. From hot brewed coffee and pour-over coffee to espresso, cappuccino, and lattes to coldbrewed iced and specialty coffees, there is a coffee for everyone at the Pink Bean Coffee Bar. As expected the Pink Bean also offers a range of roasts from light to dark to chocolate. The Pink Bean also features a house specialty: the mojo. The mojo is a beverage created during a 36 hour process combining espresso, cane sugar and 2% milk. The Pink Bean Coffee Bar at Dukes Bakery is open Monday through Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 8:00am to 3:00pm. The Pink Bean will even deliver large orders within Fall River. For more information about the Pink Bean Coffee Bar, visit their website at or check them out on facebook.
  3. 3. Trending Developments Fall River by the Numbers… Historical Population of the SouthCoast Municipality 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2011 % Change 1970 to 2010 % Change 2000 to 2010 Acushnet 7,767 8,704 9,554 10,161 10,303 10,299 32.7% 1.4% Dartmouth 18,800 23,966 27,244 30,666 34,032 33,759 81% 11% Fairhaven 16,332 15,759 16,132 16,159 15,873 15,915 -2.8% -1.8% Fall River 96,898 92,574 92,703 91,938 88,857 89,220 -8.3% -3.4% Freetown 4,270 7,058 8,522 8,472 8,870 8,828 107.7% 4.7% Marion 3,466 3,932 4,496 5,123 4,907 4,926 41.6% -4.2% Mattapoisett 4,500 5,597 5,850 6,268 6,045 6,073 34.3% -3.6% New Bedford 101,777 98,478 99,922 93,768 95,072 95,006 -6.6% 1.4% Somerset 18,088 18,813 17,655 18,234 18,165 18,172 0.4% -0.4% Swansea 12,640 15,461 15,411 15,901 15,865 15,886 25.5% -0.2% Wareham 11,492 18,457 19,232 20,335 21,822 21,673 89.9% 7.3% Westport 9,791 13,763 13,852 14,183 15,532 15,396 58.6% 9.5% SouthCoast 307,591 325,767 334,494 335,789 340,575 340,312 10.7% 1.4% Greater FR 141,687 147,669 148,143 148,728 147,289 147,502 4% -1% Greater NB 165,904 178,098 186,351 187,061 193,286 192,810 16.5% 3.3% 15.1% 3.1% 5,689,170 5,737,093 6,016,425 6,349,097 6,547,629 6,512,227 Massachusetts *Figures based on UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative College Access Report and data from Start spreading the news! It makes sound business sense to locate or expand operations in Fall River! Taphouse Grille: Great Food at Affordable Prices Since its debut on South Main Street, the Taphouse Grille has been known as much for its bar scene and entertainment as its food. However, owner John Aguiar along with his new partners, Keith Parker and Phil Pinto decided to focus the energy of the restaurant on providing good, quality food at an affordable price in an enjoyable atmosphere. Right in the heart of downtown, Taphouse now focuses on creating a family-friendly atmosphere with the mantra that you don’t have to leave Fall River to get great food at reasonable prices. On the topic of good food the Taphouse menu ranges from steamed mussels and Italian breaded ravioli appetizers to entrée salads and burgers to to their signature Taphouse steak tips and seafood mixed grille. In terms of affordability, every menu item is under $15. To further promote good food at affordable prices, the Taphouse will be running a promotion from the second week of February until the end of April where patrons can receive one appetizer and two entrees for $29.99. To participate in this special patrons are asked to visit and print one of the promotional vouchers. While a voucher is required to participate in the special, patrons are welcome to utilize the special as often as they would like throughout the promotional period. In addition to the promotion, Taphouse also offers express lunches with 15 menu items under $10, ready in less than 15 minutes. Great for busy professionals on the go! While the Taphouse has moved away from its entertainment focused, bar atmosphere, it still maintains a free entertainment component on Friday and Saturday nights. The entertainment will feature 2-3 piece bands and many acoustic performers for easy listening to enhance your dining experience. Attorney Kenneth Fiola, Jr., Executive Vice President of Page 3 the Fall River Office of Economic Development commends the restaurant owners for the work they have done to re-establish the Taphouse, noting, “based on our market studies there is a lot of money leaving the City for dining purposes, we need to capture that market and get them to appreciate Fall River as the culinary capital of the Southcoast, which is exactly what the Taphouse aims to do.” The Taphouse offers a full dinner menu Sunday through Thursday 11am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 1am. For additional information about the Taphouse, please visit their website at or stop by the restaurant located at 159 South Main Street.
  4. 4. One Government Center Phone: 508-324-2620 Fax: 508-677-2840 Keeping Fall River working in Fall River. FALL RIVER OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Atlantic Lighting Expands in Commerce Park In an effort to fill the need for quality lighting fixtures with quick lead-times, Gabe Estrela founded Atlantic Lighting. Atlantic Lighting prides itself on providing customers with time-honored quality products with immediate service and personal attention. Atlantic Lighting has been a staple in the Fall River Commerce Park since it moved its headquarters to 231 Commerce Drive in 2008, which is not only the headquarters, but also where Atlantic fixtures are produced. This year Atlantic Lighting completed an expansion at its current facility adding an additional 30,000 square feet. The expansion will allow Atlantic lighting to utilize the new space for warehouse purposes and utilize the existing 50,000 square feet for manufacturing purposes. All of Atlantic Lighting fixtures are ETL/UL approved and assembled in the USA by an experienced workforce of cross-trained employees with the hallmark of the company being its lead-times. Atlantic Lighting prides itself on shipping typical recessed fixtures in 1 to 3 days on average with many shipping within 24 hours. Atlantic Lighting utilizes best practices of the industry and blended them with traditional values of a family business to provide its customers with the best possible experience. For additional information about Atlantic Lighting visit their website at Customer Service Technical Assistance Workshop Being able to provide at the Cherry & Webb/UMass exceptional customer service Dartmouth Building, 139 provides small businesses with South Main Street – 4th floor, a competitive edge over their Fall River, MA and is sponcompetition. The small sored by the Fall River Office businesses that succeed today of Economic Development. are those that have developed Space is limited, so please the capacity to truly know and register on line at understand what the customer and wants. In this demanding click on event calendar or call environment, the role of the us at 508-673-9783 x 10. customer service representative takes on increasing signifiThis workshop will be precance. It is those employees sented by Sue Ferry of SMF who interface with customers Training Solutions. Metered each day and become the busiparking is available on South ness in customer’s minds. They Main Street. Additional form the vital link to the cusparking is available for a nomtomer, becoming a means by inal fee at the Pearl Street garwhich the organization can age, located on the corner of drive growth and build lasting Pearl and Anawan Streets. customer relationships. This Funded in part through a cooperahighly interactive workshop will give small business owners tive agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration. and their employees the tools they need to provide this level Upcoming workshops: of exceptional, positive, and Date Topic memorable Customer Service that will help keep April 9, 2014 Wordpress 101 customers satisfied and loyApril 23, 2014 Wordpress 201 al for years to come. This FREE event will be on May 7, 2014 8 Steps to Wednesday, March 12, Invention 2014 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. May 21, 2014 Advanced Google Mission statement of the Fall River Office of Economic Development: Incorporated in 1978 as a 501(c)(4) corporation to promote the prosperity and general welfare of the citizens of Fall River through the stimulation of economic strength and expansion of new and existing business. For more information please visit our website: Page 4