Host City

The City of Lowell is the fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its strategic location at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3, provides excellent access to all points of interest in Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire and Maine. Commuter rail also provides an easy 40-minute ride to Boston’s North Station.

Lowell’s National Park is known as one of the greatest tributes to the Industrial Revolution and the textile industry that boomed in New England in the nineteenth century. The rehabilitated mill buildings are further complemented by 2 1/2 miles of trolley tracks, canal boat tours, and several museums.

The 3200-seat Lowell Auditorium hosts many of the country’s best performers at affordable prices. The Merrimack Repertory Theatre, which is also located in downtown Lowell, is one of the few self-sustaining repertory theater groups in the northeast.

The 19th century mill buildings provide an excellent opportunity for low-cost acquisition and rehabilitation for small and large companies. The city offers many unique financial incentives to encourage new growth and development. The city’s workforce is computer literate and strongly supported by the local school district, which has just completed nine new schools and five school rehabilitations. The education base also includes Middlesex Community College and The University of Massachusetts Lowell. The student population further enhances the market for retail businesses in downtown Lowell and its surrounding neighborhoods.

This planned urban community is built around the Merrimack River and its diverse canal system, which provided power to the early manufacturers. Today these water amenities add to the character of the city. Special events of the year include a folk festival, known as the best in New England and draws over 200,000 people annually, Riverfest, First Night, and Fourth of July fireworks.