Residents of the southeast region, including Cape Cod and the Islands, benefit from the region's exceptional physical beauty and recreational resources. The beaches, historic seaside communities, and unique scenic landscapes are central to its tourism, and provide a significant advantage in attracting and retaining qualified employees. The region offers a wide variety of residential options within a short drive to both Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
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The Southeastern region benefits from its proximity to two major metropolitan areas, Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. The region's extensive highway network provides excellent access to southern New England's major cities and to international airports in Boston and Providence. The SouthCoast region (highlighted to the left) has two major urban centers, Fall River and New Bedford which drive business where the deep-water ports in Fall River and New Bedford offer access to world markets. Designated as a Foreign Trade Zone, New Bedford is overnight delivery away from most major cities in the U.S. Northeast industrial corridor, and is a direct port of entry to Europe and Latin America. Furthermore, the region is served by Amtrak to New York and Washington, and by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail service to Boston.
The Southeastern region benefits from a large, diverse pool of over 500,000 private sector employees. The region is home to varied companies such as Aerovox, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and Titleist Golf. The Cape & Islands are home to a thriving visitor industry and a strong real estate market, fueled by second homeowners and retirees. Improving job opportunities in service, retail and healthcare continue to be the result of this population growth. The region has an exceptional concentration of machine operators and precision craft labor, making its labor force particularly suited to manufacturing industries.
Furthermore, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Marine Biological Laboratory, Bridgewater State College, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy promote education and research in key regional industries such as textiles, marine science, high technology and environmental technology. These educational institutions, through programs like UMass Dartmouth's Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, School for Marine Science and Technology, and the federally-designated Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center, provide specialized training to help industries expand and modernize.
With the exception of the Cape & Islands, the Southeastern region has a lower overall business cost structure than many major metropolitan areas in the Northeast. The region offers relatively low housing, construction, and land costs, as well as comparatively lower wage rates for skilled labor in a highly accessible location.