Why do business in Danvers?

Steve Bartha
Town Manager

Town Hall
1 Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA 01970

Location is Everything

Danvers is conveniently located 20 miles north of Boston and Logan International Airport with multiple access points three major highways (Routes 1, 95, and 128).  The regional Beverly Airport sits partially in Danvers and the Crane River Marina offers ocean access for large and small crafts.

Affordability

Danvers offers some of the lowest residential tax rates in the region and very competitive utility rates, including electricity provided by Danvers Electric that is 50% less expensive than the private utilities.  The combination of sound financial management and forward thinking public officials have created good value for taxpayers and rate payers in Danvers.

Strong Business Climate

Danvers has sustained a robust, and growing, business base through intelligent zoning, a consistent and predictable technical review process, an efficient regulatory environment, and competitive tax and utility rates.

Staff and officials are responsive to the needs of the business community, have experience with incentive programs, like DHCD’s Economic Development Incentive Program, and work hard to link local employers with talent pipelines, like North Shore Community College and Essex Technical High School.

The diversity of our commercial/industrial base speaks to its strength: auto, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, banking, and insurance.  Danvers enjoys a competitive edge in medical device manufacturing, research and development, and medical services, with industry leaders like Abiomed, Medtronic, and Cell Signaling headquartered in Danvers.  Partners Healthcare and Mass General also operate large medical centers in Town.

Diverse Housing Options

Danvers offers housing for everyone.  From rural homestead to the downtown experience, from new condos to historic gems, from seaside, to starter home, to multi-family, Danvers has it all.  Rezoning efforts are underway in Town to expand housing options in the downtown, so that more residents can live, work, and recreate without starting a car.

Quality of Life

For a community with low taxes that is only 13.3 square miles, Danvers punches way above its weight class when comes to recreation, open space, and quality of life offerings.  From Endicott Park, to the Rail Trail, to numerous Open Space Parcels, the vibrant Crane River Marina, and the Danvers Senior Center, there are trails, activities, sports, and gorgeous views for everyone!

Workforce

In 2017, US News & World Report ranked Massachusetts #1 in the United State for Education (and the best state, overall, to live in!).  Home to Harvard, MIT, the Seven Sisters colleges, and the UMass system, the Bay State is second to none when it comes to higher education.  Locally, Danvers is home to North Shore Community College and Essex Technical High School, which work closely with local officials, the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, and the Workforce Investment Board to tailor program offerings to meet the needs of local employers.

Great Schools

The Danvers Public Schools offer excellent educational programming for K-12 students.  Essex Technical High School, a state-of-the-art regional vocational school is located in Danvers, as are two parochial schools: St. John’s Prep (an all-boys, parochial 6-12 school) and St. Mary’s (PK-8).  Other schools include Plumfield Academy  and Children's Montessori Center.

Respect for the Past & Vision for the Future

Before Danvers was Danvers, it was Salem Village, site of the Salem Witch Trials.  Danvers boasts the second most First Period homes in the United States (behind Ipswich, MA), is home to the historic Rebecca Nurse House, and boasts the one-of-a-kind Danvers Archival Center.  Danvers is a community that is (and should be!) proud of its rich history. 

But, it is also a community with vision.  The student population is growing for the first time since the mid-1990s and the 2017 citizen survey indicates that young families are choosing Danvers as a community of choice for their children.  Respecting the past and embracing the future, through continue financial stewardship and strategic planning, will ensure that Danvers continues to thrive as a community people choose to call home.

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