Gateway cities are post-industrial and inelastic. Plymouth is post-nuclear and an example for what new cities will look like in the Commonwealth.
Jane Jacobs famously quipped that new ideas need old buildings. This makes urban centers ideal for entrepreneurial start-ups. But, gateway cities have a built environment that is oftentimes an impediment to stage-2 companies looking to expand. Undeveloped land in an urban center is almost always either a brownfield, and therefore cost prohibitive to develop, or intended to be open space.
Plymouth has a 400 year record of pristine land-use with natural open space. The cost of doing business is cheaper than an urban environment, and there are access points to important metropolitan areas, such as Boston, Quincy, Fall River, New Bedford and Providence. The zoning and permitting process is modernized and ready to accommodate new types of investment. Although historically an agrarian economy, Plymouth seamlessly transcended the industrial age into the nuclear age: no other community in the Commonwealth can claim they possess the brainpower of nuclear technicians and scientists as a core economic driver. Plymouth is uniquely situated with the brainpower, land-use, permitting and incentives necessary to pivot to the digital and quantum economies. This means we are focused on: developing grid-scale energy storage that reduces the cost of energy-intensive operations; using our coastline to be a leader in developing the Blue Economy, including conservation, acquaculture and acquabotics; investing in infrastructure that supports precision manufacturing; and supporting the burgeoning Tourism and Arts Economy.
Economic Development is quality of life. Plymouth offers a high quality experience for residents and investors without any of the problems entrenched in gateway communities. Plymouth is the face of the new Commonwealth city.