Industry and commerce are trademarks of Brockton, yesterday and today. Our rich history as the “Shoe City” drew thousands of skilled workers to the area and we continue to offer a capable work force to business and industry today.
Business was the driving force that first made Brockton stand out amongst its peers in Massachusetts, New England and even the nation. Electric power plants, shoe factories, and theatres provided creative, invention and entrepreneurial spirit that created a friendly businesses environment.
The core of the City is our downtown businesses – in fact within a two block area of city hall. There are an estimated 160 businesses in this targeted area. This includes large employers like the City of Brockton, W.B. Mason, and Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. The majority of the businesses in downtown are small businesses, which the Brockton 21st Century Corporation partners with to provide assistance and guidance so that the small businesses remain in the downtown Brockton area.
Fortifying Downtown Brockton by keeping and expanding businesses in the downtown area is a very high priority. In September 2007, the Brockton Economic Summit produced some vital projects in terms of improving the City of Brockton. The first project was to target three buildings downtown and promote these buildings as vital economic development stimuli to the downtown area. The second project was to analyze and evaluate the two-way traffic on Main Street. Both of these projects would further develop the downtown area, thus creating an attractive infrastructure and business environment for prospective new business.