BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Will New England's Craft Beer Bubble Burst?

Oct 26, 2017

Business has been booming — and bubbling — at Grey Sail brewery in Westerly, Rhode Island. The sounds and smells of fresh beer, simmering away in brand new fermenting tanks, permeate the historic brick building. Owner Jennifer Brinton says the additional 60-barrel tanks were needed to keep up with demand for Captain’s Daughter and Flying Jenny, two of the brewery’s most popular ales.

“This last expansion that we’re going through now, we have four more 60s coming in and then this one over here is a 120,” Brinton says.

Boston hopes the city’s talent, education and history will lure Amazon to town.

The city released its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters Friday. And at 218 pages long with two glossy videos, the city flexes its muscles — painting a picture of an innovative, thriving city that is ready to be the next home of the online retail giant.

“We are excited to present the best of Boston to Amazon,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement.

Research shows girls and boys perform equally well in science, technology, engineering and math while in school. But that doesn't always follow into careers in the STEM workforce where, particularly in certain fields, there's still a gender gap.

Londonderry, New Hampshire, submitted a bid to Amazon for its second headquarters that challenges its neighbor, Massachusetts.
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In their attempt to lure Amazon and its 50,000 jobs, New Hampshire officials are making one fact quite clear about the Granite State: It's not Massachusetts.

The state of Vermont has one year to prepare for something it has never had: a Target store. After years of pleading from some residents and anti-big-box sentiment from others, the retail giant says it will finally open a store in South Burlington in 2018.

The news prompted a "Breaking News" banner on the local paper's website. As they're saying over at Vermont Public Radio: "This is not a drill."

In response, Adam Maxwell wrote on the VPR Facebook page: "Welcome to 1995, Vermont!"

Dave Ratner of the Springfield-based Dave's Soda and Pet City in a file photo.
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A western Massachusetts business owner faces a boycott of his stores after attending an event with President Trump last week. But he says he's being unfairly targeted.

Massachusetts State House.
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Before the end of the month, leaders in the Massachusetts Senate are hoping to pass sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice laws. 

President Trump made his view of the North American Free Trade Agreement very clear during the presidential election. He called NAFTA "the worst trade deal in ... the history of this country." And Trump blamed NAFTA for the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

His administration is in the midst of renegotiating the free trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and that is making many U.S. farmers and ranchers nervous.

Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
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Amazon is looking for a location for a second national headquarters, which could could mean 50,000 high-paying jobs. Bids from interested cities are due Thursday.

A facility in Springfield, Mass., where trains will be manufactured will open this winter.
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A factory that will build trains for the T in Boston is almost ready to open. 

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