Welcome to Massachusetts—the geographical center of New England, the focal point of its rich tradition and diverse lifestyle—and the most dynamic metropolitan center in this dynamic six-state region. As a microcosm of everything that characterizes New England, Massachusetts is a study in contrasts. Eastern Massachusetts harmonizes Revolutionary-era history with modern sophistication, the invigorating with the relaxing, stability with progress, and tradition with innovation. Western Massachusetts integrates the natural beauty of the Berkshires with first-rate urban amenities and small-town charm that so many people look for.

Eastern Massachusetts divides naturally into major quadrants: Greater Boston, the North Shore, North West, Metro West, the South Shore, and the South West. One glimpse of Boston’s impressive skyline explains why this region has remained for centuries at the forefront of high-technology industries and such diverse fields as research and development, medicine, education, commerce, and applied technology. The business climate supports a wide range of successful enterprises, from Fortune 500 leaders to emerging firms developing and capitalizing on tomorrow’s technologies. Some of the oldest and most prosperous industrial and commercial undertakings in the country call Massachusetts home. Many of our nation’s largest and most respected corporations maintain headquarters or major regional offices in Massachusetts, joining a significant number of international businesses.

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