Economic Opportunity and Impact

Harvard University contributes significantly to the Massachusetts economy and is one of the Commonwealth's largest employers. Anchored by its Boston and Cambridge campuses, Harvard and its faculty, staff, alumni and students are a large and powerful economic force. Approximately 20,000 students are currently enrolled at Harvard and 49,000 Harvard/Radcliffe alumni live within 75 miles of Boston. Additional details about the depth and breadth of Harvard’s impact on the Massachusetts economy can be found in the annual Facts & Impact report.

Harvard's focus on research and innovation means that the University will help power the Massachusetts economy long into the future. Between 2011 and 2013, a combined $9.58 billion in research grants and early-stage corporate financing was awarded to Harvard and companies connected to it. This money is an investment in Massachusetts’ future. The research dollars awarded to Harvard will fund discoveries that make tomorrow’s innovations possible. And investment in young and promising Massachusetts companies means that a homegrown corporate sector will help fuel the Commonwealth for another generation. Visit the Ecosystem of Innovation webpage for more information about Harvard’s connection to young Massachusetts biotech companies.

Mills draws from experience in Ed Portal talk on small businesses

Allston-Brighton, Events, Open to the Public, Programming, Harvard Ed Portal, Economic Opportunity and Impact, Education Resources

July 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Addressing an audience of community members and small business owners at the... More

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A sun-bright future in Allston

Allston-Brighton, Boston, Programming, Campus Planning, Harvard Ed Portal, Economic Opportunity and Impact, Innovation and Research

May 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

Harvard today has an opportunity that is rare for a leading research university: to imagine and... More

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Highlighted Programs

Harvard University offers learning activities, events, and programs to our friends and neighbors in Allston-Brighton, Boston, and Cambridge on our campuses and in your communities.

The Harvard Allston Workforce Collaborative program offers free career exploration workshops and computer skills classes for Allston-Brighton adult residents who are active job seekers.
If you can't find the program that you're looking for, please let us know.
20/20/2000 is Harvard’s $20M, 20-year, low-interest loan fund – helping to create and preserve affordable housing in Cambridge and Boston.
The i-lab fosters team-based, entrepreneurial activities and deepens interactions among students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and the Allston and Greater Boston communities.
The Crimson Summer Academy is a program for motivated high school students with a passion for learning and a desire to excel.