Welcome to Dorchester Bay!

Dorchester Bay EDC develops comprehensive  strategies integrating organizing and development in its slate of program. We offer assistance in three broad categories: housing, economic development, and resident initiatives/community organizing.

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March 2015 Update on Leadership Transition Process

The Dorchester Bay EDC Board would like to update our constituents on our transition process. The Board has hired Third Sector New England (TSNE) to run our search, and engaged Jeff Katz as interim executive director. He will work closely with our staff and the Board until a permanent CEO is identified. We expect to have a new CEO in place in approximately 4 months.

To read the update in its entirety, please click here. To go directly to the profile for the CEO position, please click here.


Dorchester Bay Announces New Strategic Focus and Leadership Transition

DBEDC today announced a new strategic direction, driven in part by the burgeoning Innovation Economy and designed to respond robustly to evolving opportunities in partnerships with the Dorchester community. "The new plan has been developed to put Dorchester on the forefront of innovation and to maximize economic opportunity for residents and businesses," said Daryl Wright, president of the Board of Directors. "Our intent is to build upon the tremendous impact DB has made over the past 20 years under the capable leadership of Executive Director Jeanne DuBois."

Jeanne will be transitioning from her role as executive director and will be assuming a new role effective February 1, 2015. "We are fortunate to have her supporting the organization’s mission as the new Senior Advisor for Community Engagement Strategies. She will assume this role within the organization for an additional year." Click here for a statement from Jeanne.

To execute the new strategy and realize the full potential of the Innovation Economy, the Board of Directors has engaged Third Sector New England to seek and screen candidates for the role of chief executive officer (CEO).

For the full press release, please see the text here.


September 8 Grand Opening of Bornstein & Pearl Featured Mayor, State Congress Members, and 27 Project Funders

On September 8, we celebrated the Grand Opening of the Bornstein Pearl Food Production Center! We had a great turnout of over 250 people. The parking lot was filled with vendors now operating out of Pearl, including food truck and food business entrepreneurs from CropCircle Kitchen’s shared commercial kitchen and the other individual food business tenants in the facility.

Click here to read more and to see news coverage and photos from the event.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the transformation of this building into an engine for job creation – the Bornstein & Pearl Food Proction Center truly is "Made in Dorchester!"


NOW HIRING at Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center

Are you looking for work? The food businesses at Bornstein & Pearl are now hiring for part-time and full-time positions. Job duties range from knife work and other food prep work in the kitchen, packaging of food products, customer interaction, etc.

To submit an application, call Linda Mello at 617-825-4200.


The Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center is now OPEN!

The Bornstein Pearl Food Production Center on Quincy Street is now open for business! CropCircle Kitchen, our anchor tenant, is operating their shared and commissary kitchens. The kitchens are fitted out with top-of-the-line equipment and are available to growing food businesses on an hourly rental basis.

If you have an existing business or a dream to start a food business, check out the CCK Pearl website for information on membership rates and how to join the shared kitchen.

We also have space available for lease to growing food businesses seeking independent production space. Contact Leah Whiteside at DBEDC for more information on leasing space at Pearl.



May 2014 - Check out the Boston Magazine's article on the Bornstein Pearl Food Production Center for a description of how the center works and a sample of the small food businesses that are locating there.

"The Collaborative Kitchen: Behind-the-Scenes at CropCircle Kitchen Pearl"

March 24, 2014 - Youth Force leaders and new YLI recruits were featured in a Boston Globe article on the need for summer jobs for teens.

"Walsh makes push to get struggling teens summer jobs"

February 2, 2014 - Dorchester Bay's Quincy Heights and Pearl projects are setting the bar high in exceeding the City's minority, resident, and female construction hiring goals. Read the Bay State Banner's article to see our approach to reaching above 55% Boston resident, above 60% minority, and 8-12% female workesr on our Quincy Street projects.

"Minority hiring figures vary for Boston contractors"

January 19, 2014 - Dorchester Bay's transformative work on Quincy Street was highlighted in the Boston Globe on January 21. Read the Globe's response to our Quincy Heights and Pearl Food Production Center projects.

"Quincy Street project shows Boston's gift for urban revival"

January 21, 2014 - Congratulations to DBEDC's Youth Force for their successful advocacy efforts! Governor Patrick is proposing funding for youth jobs in his budget, and in his January 21 State of the State speech highlighted youth employment.

"Patrick budgets $12m to pay for 6,000 summer jobs"

January 2014 - Dorchester Bay's Pearl Food Production Center has received press in two tax credit trade publications: Tax Credit Advisor, and Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits. See photos and comments on the project from Dorchester Bay staff and lenders to the project.

"A Pearl in Boston"

"NMTCs, HUD Funds Build Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen"

December 13, 2013 - The Bay State Banner highlights local property management firm United Housing Management and DBEDC's Quincy Heights project in a December 2013. article. Read more about changes in Grove Hall.

"Management firm United Housing Management improves housing, lives in Grove Hall"

Past News - Click here for an archive of Dorchester Bay news from past years.






DBEDC's Youth Force worker Devens shares his story of the loss of his brother, and Youth Force leader Dan Gelbtuch discusses how addressing trauma in the workpace can help with healing.






Dorchester Bay Ecomomic Development Corporation's Youth Force worker Jaelle Sanon was chosen to share her story with Press Pass TV. They worked with the Youth Jobs Coalition to create a series of pieces advocating for the importance of youth jobs.




Conversation with Susana: Jeanne DuBois explains the successful work of DBEDC in community organizing, affordable housing, creating jobs and providing good public transportation



Conversation with Susana: Interview with Jeanne Dubois and Daryl Wright. "If you are organizing people and you have money, you've got power!"