Four months after Quincy officials first started to discuss bringing biotechnical industries to the city, conversations have already started with several companies about moving to the South Shore.
The campaign to bring more of the industry – situated mainly in Boston and Cambridge – to Quincy initially began with a Biotechnical International Conference in late June, where Quincy handed out flyers about Quincy’s viability for industry and released a short video.
Since then, officials from the city and from the Quincy Chamber of Commerce have begun to engage specific corporations.
“We’ve had discussions with half a dozen companies, some from around this region, some from overseas, and we have brought a few different entities to Quincy to show them Quincy, and those discussions with a few companies are still going on now,” said Dean Rizzo, President of the Quincy Chamber. “We haven’t brought anyone to Quincy yet, but we are engaging with entities that we haven’t before. These things take time and we feel good about the progress we’ve been making.”
The main reason Quincy should want this type of industry – which includes everything from research and development, manufacturing, and distribution of drugs and pharmaceuticals; to research on plants, the environment, and biofuels – is because it is so diverse and successful, officials said.
“It’s just an important effort to further diversify the economy in Quincy and diversify and expand the job opportunities in Quincy,” Rizzo said. “There is no secret that the biotech life science cluster is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Quincy is so fortunate to be close to a number one location – Boston and Cambridge – that houses this industry and provides services and homes to this industry. It was natural for us to try to expand our economy by reaching out to this industry group.”
In addition to attending the conference in June, Quincy is also co-sponsoring the Massachusetts Pavillion at the AvaMed Conference being held on Oct. 1-3 at the Boston Convention Center.
One of the largest conferences for medical device companies, the conference will include national and international organizations from around the world.
“It’s a great opportunity. They have close to 1000 companies participating, going to the conference from around the US and the world, and it’s another effort to increase the awareness and put Quincy on the map in this industry,” Rizzo said.
City officials are also working closely with MassBio, Mass Life Sciences Center, and Mass Econ to put Quincy’s name on the map as a destination for this type of industry.
Getting Quincy’s name out there is the main goal, Rizzo said.
“It’s really just being there and being at the table so when opportunity arises, we can at least have a shot,” he said. “It’s time to get [our] name in the mix, and we’re making progress in that regard.”
A number of private entities have provided financial support for the multi-year marketing campaign poised to attract industry to Quincy, including The Flatley Company, Mr. Daniel Quirk (Fore River Shipyard), Street-Works / Beal Partnership and Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance.
For more information on the City of Quincy’s Biotech Initiative please visit www.thequincychamber.com or you can contact the Mayor’s office at (617) 376-1991.