Business and Work in Northampton
Northampton has a vibrant and diverse business community with a well educated and highly skilled workforce. The diversity of businesses and the superb quality of life in Northampton contributes to its strong economic base. Business in Northampton is rooted in traditional manufacturing with a new economy of growing technology, multi-media, and technology manufacturing sectors. Entrpreneurial spirit and commitment to growing the local economy is evident throughout the business community.
Northampton is renowned as an arts and entertainment destination in Western Massachusetts. Northampton features one of the most vibrant downtown centers in New England offering a unique blend of independent retail shops, eclectic restaurants and cafes, art galleries, museums, clubs, and theaters earning its name as “Number One Best Small Arts Town in America” by author John Villani and one of the “Top 25 Arts Destinations” in the nation by AmericanStyle magazine. Northampton's success as a cultural center makes it an attractive community to live, work, and conduct business.
Northampton City government is committed to helping you succeed in business and work in Northampton by creating a supportive business environment, building a vibrant community, providing business assistance, providing resources for workers, and creating opportunities for sustainable economic growth.
Community and Economic Development Office
The Community and Economic Development Office is the first point of contact for business development and workforce development in the City; and is a clearinghouse for business development, business resources, and business assistance in Northampton. The Economic Development Director can help with:
- Site selection and business expansion
- Business planning and financial resources
- Business networks in the region
- Job recruitment and job seeker resources
- Job training resources
- Assistance in problem-solving
On December 3, 2009 the City Council unanimously passed the Northampton Living Wage Resolution urging all employers to pay or aspire to pay their employees a Living Wage. The resolution recognizes the need for Northampton Workers to earn a Living Wage in order to meet their basic needs for housing, food, health care, child care, transportation, and education. Click on the heading to learn more about the resolution, the Living Wage Coalition, and certified living wage employers.
DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS
The Massachusetts Department of Labor wishes to encourage all workers to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. Please visit the Department of Industrial Accidents website to learn about the rights and responsibilities of both workers and employers in Massachusetts.