Top Reasons to do Business in Lawrence

Accessibility and Infrastructure
  • Direct highway access via Route 495 and Route 93
  • 30 Minutes from Boston, MA and Manchester, NH
  • Great supply of water and modern Water and Sewage Treatment Facility with capacity to process 16 millions gallons a day.
  • Direct public transit access to Boston through the MBTA Commuter Rail
  • Lawrence Airport - City owned regional airport
  • Workforce of approximately 34,000 people
  • Regionally positioned to access broad base of skills and professional experience in surrounding communities
  • Proximity to institutions of higher learning in the Greater Boston Area
  • Willing workforce development partners in Northern Essex Community College and Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board

Space For Commerce
  • City officials are ready to welcome the business community and provide the necessary support
  • Streamline Permitting

Other advantages and incentives

  • About 75% of Lawrence is located in a U.S. Small Business Administration's HUBzone which allows for loan guarantee programs as well as bid-differentials on federal contracts.
  • State incentive programs available for investments that create jobs.  These state programs can be paired with local incentives for added value.
For contact information please visit the Economic Development Department or

Abel Vargas
Business and Economic Development Director

Theresa Park
Planning Director

James Barnes
Community Development Director