The Newton Needham Regional Chamber, in conjunction with the Massachusetts office of Housing and Economic Development, the City of Newton and the Town of Needham, began working on the N2 Innovation Corridor Initiative (now known as the N2 Innovation District) in the summer of 2013.
The initiative is designed bring together public and private stakeholders to attract and support the corridor adjacent to I-95 in Newton-Needham area as a destination for technology companies, start-ups and other innovators. The effort has grown into a coalition of large and small area businesses, innovators, developers, local officials who organized the first N2 Innovation Corridor meetup on Oct. 23, 2013 and the launch of this website.
The original steering committee co-chairs were Devra Bailin, Economic Development Director for the Town of Needham; Candace Havens, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Newton; Geoff Kravitz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Office of Housing and Economic Development; and Greg Reibman, President of the Newton-Needham Chamber.
N2 Implementation Committee
Greg Reibman, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber: Chair
Jill Abrahams, Mount Ida College
Devra Bailin, Town of Needham
Brendan Cohn, Jones Lang LaSalle
Geoff Cramer, Social Made Simple
Jeremy Freid, BRA Advisors
Maurice Handel, Needham Board of Selectman
Ted Hess-Mahan, Newton City Council
Nancy Hyde, City of Newton
Joseph Hunter, Olin College
Debi Kleiman, Babson College
Kurt Ochalla, TripAdvisor
Joyce Plotkin, Amethyst Associates
Mark Sokoll, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston
Chris Steele, Investment Consulting Associates
Chris Teachout, Needham Bank
Steve Winter, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Other corporate partners include TripAdvisor, Normandy Real Estate Partners, The Bulfinch Companies, Fairway Independent Mortgage, 47 LEADS, Bakers Best and Wegman’s.
Contact Lise Elcock at if you’d like to add your company to our sponsor list.