SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury has been named a platinum-rated community for biotechnology.
That’s the highest rating for BioReady communities under a system developed by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council for municipalities that submit details on their zoning practices and infrastructure capacity, according to the council’s website.
The goal of that program is to help biotechnology companies find favorable destinations in Massachusetts.
Locally, Grafton, Westborough and Marlborough have also received platinum ratings.
“Shrewsbury is excited to be designated as a Platinum-Rated Community, as it shows our commitment to biotechnology businesses and industries on a national level,” Shrewsbury Assistant Town Manager Kristen Las said in a recent press release. “We welcome the opportunity to speak with our existing businesses about expanding as well as new businesses who wish to locate in the region.”
The town previously received its gold rating in 2009. It then achieved its platinum rating because the town has buildings permitted for biotechnology uses and has more than 20,000 square feet available for those uses.
Shrewsbury additionally has shovel-ready and pre-permitted land with Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office approval as well as water and sewer capacity in its Centech Park North site.
Plans for that land were approved over the summer.
Shrewsbury’s Board of Health also adopted the National Institutes of Health’s guidelines on rDNA in 2007, which count toward its platinum rating.
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