businessesNorthampton has a vibrant and diverse business community with a well educated and highly skilled workforce. The diversity of businesses and the superb quality of life in Northampton contributes to its strong economic base. Business in Northampton is rooted in traditional manufacturing with a new economy of growing technology, multi-media, and technology manufacturing sectors. Entrpreneurial spirit and commitment to growing the local economy is evident throughout the business community.

Northampton is renowned as an arts and entertainment destination in Western Massachusetts. Northampton features one of the most vibrant downtown centers in New England offering a unique blend of independent retail shops, eclectic restaurants and cafes, art galleries, museums, clubs, and theaters earning its name as “Number One Best Small Arts Town in America” by author John Villani and one of the “Top 25 Arts Destinations” in the nation by AmericanStyle magazine. Northampton's success as a cultural center makes it an attractive community to live, work, and conduct business.

Northampton City government is committed to helping you succeed in business and work in Northampton by creating a supportive business environment, building a vibrant community, providing business assistance, providing resources for workers, and creating opportunities for sustainable economic growth.

Mayor's Office of Economic Development

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development is the first point of contact for business development in the City, and is a clearinghouse for business development, business resources, and business assistance in Northampton. The Economic Development Coordinator can help with:

  • Site selection and business expansion
  • Business planning and financial resources
  • Business networks in the region
  • Job recruitment and job seeker resources
  • Job training resources
  • Incentives
  • Assistance in problem-solving