The Town of Amherst economy is built upon over 600 businesses with more than 18,000 employees, while Northampton contains over 1,200 businesses with more than 17,000 employees.

Although local industries are largely based in service and retail, this city and town also posses the bulk of the region's more than 800 small, mainly home-based, technology-driven businesses known as the Hidden Tech Industry Cluster.

Major Employers Include:

Amherst College- Consistently ranked one of the nation's top liberal-arts colleges
Hampshire College- A private liberal arts college
University of Massachusetts-Amherst- The flagship campus of the commonwealth's university system
Smith College- A prestigious, private woman's liberal arts college
Cooley Dickinson Health Care A locally governed, not-for-profit community hospital
Clark School for the Deaf- School for the Deaf/Center for Oral Education has been developing the listening and speaking skills of children with hearing loss
National Evaluation Series (NES)- An educational testing company that develops and administers customized teacher certification testing programs and other assessment programs in higher education

Visit our Industry Clusters section for more information

Industrial Parks

  • Northampton Industrial Park
  • Northampton Business Park