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Remarks of Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the Northpoint Development Groundbreaking

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March 21, 2005


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Melissa Wagoner / Brent Carney March 21, 2005 (617) 565-4472

Thank you so much Dan O'Connell for that generous introduction, and for being such a strong driving force behind this project.

So many others did so much to make this day possible -- your fine congressman Mike Capuano, Mayor Sullivan and Mayor Curtatone, Secretary of Development Doug Foy, and our good friends from Guilford Transportation, David Fink and Tim Mello.

I'm honored to be part of this day. We're proud of this project, because it symbolizes the kind of creative, innovative partnerships that Massachusetts needs to stay strong in this new century.

Our state is blessed in many ways.

We're blessed to be the center of the biotech industry -- in fact, Cambridge is really at its heart, renowned worldwide for your dynamic research companies.

We're blessed with an extraordinary workforce, the backbone of our leadership in technology.

In fact, a recent report by the Milken Institute ranked us #1 among the states in science and technology.

We are also blessed with the extraordinary heritage and history of our communities.

But we do have some challenges -- we're a small state geographically, and we don't have much room to grow.

It's driving up home prices, forcing longer commutes, making it too expensive for many families to live in our communities, and making it less appealing for people to raise their families here.

These are challenges to our quality of life -- but they soon could become threats to our economic strength, and competitiveness -- if we don't deal with them.

To attract the knowledge-based jobs of the future, we need to focus on projects that can keep Massachusetts a great place to work -- and live.

It requires us to make more effective use of our scarce resources, and promote the kinds of development that can accommodate the demand for decent housing, good transportation, and new commercial space for the industries of the future.

Bold development partnerships like NorthPoint offer us the opportunity to help achieve these goals in a way that revitalizes urban centers and enhances our communities.

In Congress, Mike Capuano and I have been proud to support NorthPoint, and its impressive balance of new affordable housing, open space, improved transportation, and new investment in our cities.

I thank you all for your vision and dedication, and I look forward very much to all it means for the future.

Keep up the good work.

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