The Town of Hopkinton Massachusetts


Hopkinton is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, less than 30 miles (48 km) west of Boston. The town is best known as the starting point of the Boston Marathon, held annually on Patriots’ Day in April, and also as the home of EMC Corporation. Hopkinton serves as the corporate headquarters of EMC Corporation, a global manufacturer of software and systems for information management and storage. It is the state’s largest technology company, employing approximately 7,000 people.

Incorporated in December 1715, Hopkinton was named for an early colonist of Connecticut, Edward Hopkins, who left a large sum of money to be invested in land in New England, the proceeds of which were to be used for the benefit of Harvard University. The trustees of Harvard purchased land from the Native American residents with money from the fund and incorporated the area, naming it in honor of its benefactor.

Hopkinton boasts 215 properties listed in the State Register of Historic Places. The majority, 187, are located within the Cedar Swamp Archaeological District in Hopkinton and Westborough. The properties are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Hopkinton gains national attention once a year in April, when it hosts the start of the Boston Marathon (a role the town has enjoyed since 1924), at which time runners from all over the world gather in Hopkinton to begin the 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run to Boston.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Full-building evacuation drills every three years are now mandatory in New York City. Building managers and tenants there have been urged to take advantage of training programs offered by police and fire departments, as well as the city’s OEM (Office of Emergency Management), on such subjects as how to search a vehicle and how to respond to a biochemical attack or an active shooter. Procurement of security personnel is also important. “You have to get the best people and pay them well,” says Ralph Blasi, vice president and national director of security for Brookfield Office Properties in New York City. “You have to make building security a real job, to create less turnover.” Security people may be put through training programs with the New York Police Department. Tenants may be provided with training videos and electronic handbooks, outlining emergency procedures. Property managers go through “tabletop exercises,” which involves putting them in a room with a facilitator and confronting them with some sort of emergency, to see how they’ll collaborate in order to resolve the situation. Quick communications are essential. When a steam explosion recently threatened a building, management was able to instantly send off an e-mail to more than 800 tenants, informing them of the situation and how to proceed. Being alert is not a matter of simply paying attention to the colors: amber, red or whatever. It’s about familiarity with scenarios and how to deal with them.