Congressman Jim McGovern

Representing the 2nd District of Massachussetts
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Flickr icon
YouTube icon
RSS icon

Economy and Jobs

construction workers smiling

Jim McGovern’s top priority in Congress is spurring economic development and job creation in the Second District, with a strong focus on helping small businesses grow and succeed. The Congressman has helped dozens of innovative small businesses thrive in our area, including companies that produce high-tech prosthetics for returning soldiers, solar panels, high-energy lasers, fuel cells, medical devices, and other essential technologies.

Jim has voted to provide tax relief and incentives to small businesses, and will continue to push for additional tax relief and to reduce red tape. Jim advocates reforming our outdated tax code so that it is fairer to middle class families and helps our small businesses and entrepreneurs compete.

Congressman McGovern also recognizes how important improving our local infrastructure is to our economic development. He has secured millions of dollars for road and bridge projects, wastewater system improvements, and commuter rail service throughout Massachusetts.

For more information concerning my work and views related to Economy and Jobs, please contact me.

See also information on Jobs and resources for Businesses.

More on Economy and Jobs

Jul 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) – Co-Chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission – released the following joint bipartisan statement regarding the State Department’s upgrading of Malaysia to a Tier 2 Watch country in its latest Trafficking in Persons report.

The move comes as the Obama administration pushes to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the U.S. and 11 countries, including Malaysia.

Jul 27, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined Massport and Worcester Regional Airport officials for a tour of the recently-opened and newly renovated Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station and a tour of aircraft. Congressman McGovern then joined a roundtable with local officials to discuss the station and the airport’s role in growing the Worcester economy. See photos below.

Jul 21, 2015

FITCHBURG, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-03) will join local business and community leaders for the presentation of a $534,154 grant to the North Central Workforce Board as part of a $3.2 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for a Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant.

Jul 7, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined state and local leaders to celebrate the advertisement of Phase I of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center in Worcester with the bid ready for review by construction contractors. The Visitor Center is set to open in 2017 and will be a hub for recreational, historical, cultural, and geographic attractions in Worcester and the National Heritage Corridor.

Jun 26, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) welcomed the news that MassDevelopment has awarded $400,000 to the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) to help accelerate their outreach and training programs for the defense supply chain.

Jun 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), welcomed the news that Boston 2024 has chosen the DCU Center in Worcester to host Olympic handball if Boston becomes the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games. In addition to the DCU Center, Boston 2024 also selected the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Together, the three venues would host eight Olympic events.

Jun 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) announced the Massachusetts winners of $148,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Nationwide the USDA will award $6.7 million in grants to 544 energy projects across the country. These awards are part of the USDA’s Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Jun 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, released the following statement in response to the release of a series of new reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on truck size and weight. These reports were required by (MAP-21), the most recent surface transportation reauthorization bill, which was passed by Congress in 2012.

Jun 5, 2015

WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) applauded the opening of the newly renovated Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station at Worcester Regional Airport (ORH). Congressman McGovern helped to secure $3 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the project. Combined with $2.5 million from Massport, the project’s funding and completion marks another safety enhancement made since Massport took ownership of the airport in 2010.

Jun 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, spoke on the House floor to denounce provisions in the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bills that would undermine the progress of recent efforts by President Obama to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations.