Welcome to Dorchester Bay!

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

Check out our interactive map to see how and where Dorchester Bay has an impact on our community.


Join Dorchester Bay at the historic Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury for our annual fundraiser on Thursday, June 9th, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet community partners, local residents, businesses, and this year's honorees: Greg Janey, President and CEO of Janey Construction Management & Consulting; and David lee, President and Managing Director of Stull and Lee, Inc.

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate this year's honorees, make new connections, and invest in community!

Visit our event page to secure tickets. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Submit a completed sponsorship form, or contact Angela Yarde at ayarde@dbedc.org or (617) 825-4200 x 210 for more information.

Calling all advertisements! Click here to see our pricing for program booklet ads.


Tribute to Thomas R. Shepherd


Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation remembers and thanks our friend, partner, supporter and advocate Tom Shepherd who passed away on March 19. A man of contagious energy and widespread generosity, he was active in Dorchester Bay activities right up until his passing.

An advocate for social justice, Shepherd and his wife, Nancy, established Washington and Lee University’s Shepherd Poverty Program. This program was the source of wonderful summer interns engaged annually by Dorchester Bay. The Shepherd Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in the study of poverty and human capability. Started in 1997, it has grown to over 20 interdisciplinary courses. For his outstanding contribution to Washington and Lee, its students, and community agencies, Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Washington and Lee in recognition of his "commitment to social justice and dedication to public service."

To read his obituary and tribute from his family, click here


Dorchester Bay EDC announces a new CEO


The Board of Directors of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce our hiring of a new CEO, Perry B. Newman. Over the course of a career in business, law, government and non-profit leadership Mr. Newman has created economic opportunity, advanced understanding of public policy, and brought clients and stakeholders together. He represented clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors in efforts to achieve objectives in diverse cultural environments, and also brings to Dorchester Bay extensive experience as a consultant, speaker, and author on matters relating to economic development, international business, and politics.

Mr. Newman served as first president of the Maine International Trade Center and was the state's first Director of International Trade. Thereafter, he founded Atlantica Group LLC, a successful international business development and policy analysis firm. In this work he was involved in developing business opportunities for companies active in the green building and affordable housing sectors throughout New England. In all he has done, Perry has demonstrated success leading and managing high-profile organizations owing to an ability to craft winning strategies, work with a committed board of directors, and empower colleagues to achieve great things.

"We're very excited about Perry taking the helm of Dorchester Bay. He brings a great combination of skills and experience to Dorchester Bay. We are excited about the future of the organization and the community development work we'll accomplish with Perry at the helm," said Daryl Wright, President of the Dorchester Bay Board of Directors.


THANK YOU! We surpassed our fundraising goal!

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual fundraiser on September 10 at the Strand Theater! Your sponsorship and attendance help Dorchester Bay to continue building a strong, thriving, and diverse community in Boston's Dorchester neighborhoods, working closely with residents, businesses, and partners.


Quincy Heights Ribbon Cutting featured HUD Secretary, Mayor

On July 7, 2015 we celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony for our Quincy Heights project. HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Mayor Marty Walsh joined Board President Daryl Wright in cutting the ribbon. We are grateful to Secretary Castro and Mayor Walsh for speaking so highly of the project and of Dorchester Bay. We are proud to be the first CHOICE Neighborhoods recipient to have completed our project!

Click here to see some great press on WBUR on the ribbon cutting, our Quincy Heights housing development, and the tie in to jobs created at the Pearl Food Production Center across the street.


DND Awards Dorchester Bay and Partners 65 East Cottage Street Site

On May 21, 2015 Dorchester Bay and partners Boston Capital, Escazu Development, and New Market Community Partners were awarded a 2.7 acre parcel of land at 65 East Cottage Street, adjacent to the Uphams Corner station on the Fairmount Line. The development team will build 80 rental units for 3 income levels, including low-income, middle-income, and workforce; 6 two-family market rate homes; and 20,000 square feet of light industrial space.

This is an exciting project for Dorchester Bay - we are eager to transform this vacant parcel into high quality, affordable housing for our community, to bring new job opportunities to the neighborhood, and to provide a more direct link to the train station right next to the property.

See the Dorchester Reporter's article on the award announcement here.


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

On September 8, 2014 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 CommonWealth Kitchen (formerly known as 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! CommonWealth Kitchen (formerly known as 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 CommonWealth Kitchen 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"

More 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.