Submitted by State Representative Ken Fordon (D-Bedford)
The Middlesex 3 Coalition of municipalities and businesses along the Route 3 North corridor came a step closer to its dream of designating the highway from Route 128 in Burlington to the New Hampshire border the “Middlesex 3 Highway” last week, when Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) led the passage of the bill adding the new name through the full House.
The new name will help create a new economic identify for the nine communities involved in the effort — Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lexington, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford – as they seek a regional identity. “We are competing for high-tech business with Silicon Valley in California and the Research Triangle in North Carolina,” said Gordon. “This brand identity gives businesses looking at relocating to those regions the security of familiarity. With this effort, we will offer the same opportunity. The coalition’s aim is to improve quality of life in the region through diverse economic development and cooperation between communities, the belief is that communities and businesses can work together to make each other stronger than ever before.
“Rep. Gordon has worked hard all year to get this bill through committee and now through the legislature,” said Middlesex 3 director Robert Buckley. “It is important that we look to solve some of our problems through this regional approach. Burlington is not competing with Lowell and Billerica is not competing with Bedford. We can all work together to support jobs in one community, home sales in another, and the tax base all around. We all win when we work together.”
The bill now moves to the Senate, and if it is received favorably will be sent to the governor to become law.