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(masechoo´sits) , most populous of the New England states of the North East United States. It is bordered by New York (West), Vermont and New Hampshire (North), the Atlantic Ocean (East), and Rhode Island and Connecticut (South).
Area, 8,257 sq mi (21,386 sq km).
Provincetown, on Cape Cod, and Rockport, on Cape Ann, are artist colonies;Marblehead is a noted yachting center.
For a while it looked as if the prospect of a $300 Million dollar film and television studio in Plymouth could disappear. After the company’s initial focus- 300 acres near the Bourne border proved unfeasible for development due to legal issues over titles to the land, the status of “Hollywood East” became uncertain.
But last week, Plymouth Rock Studios announced it will be purchasing the Waverly Oaks Golf Club off Route 3 (Exit 3) for its planned 14 sound stages, back lots, hotel and office build. Check it out at http://www.plymouthrockstudios.com.
The project must still pass a rezoning vote this fall, but town residents and selectman have indicated a strong desire to see the so-called “Hollywood East” project come to town, where it promises to employ several thousand people over coming years and become a draw for a new, high-income industry.
The movie industry has been booming in Massachusetts since lawmakers approved tax incentives designed to lure filmmakers to the Massachusetts in 2006. This measure has brought $180 million dollars to Massachusetts in the last two years through 10 major motion pictures. The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce has established a small Film Production Task Force to explore opportunities to bring those dollars to Falmouth, particularly as an economic boost during the off-season.
High-technology research and development, finance, and trade are all prominent in the commonwealth's economy. The service sector, in which tourism is primary, now employs over one third of Massachusetts workers.
*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.