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“Life science, come to Somerville,” says Mayor Joseph Curtatone. He’ll deliver that message as a speaker at Bisnow’s Boston Life Science: Global Hotbed, Feb. 10, 7:30am at the Royal Sonesta. (Sign up today!) And when he says Somerville makes a compelling case, he isn't blowing smoke. (Though we could certainly use the heat.)

Our two recent mega snowfalls have shown us the value of fast, modern mass transit -- and the horrendous hassle of its absence. The Somerville mayor (pictured shoveling out a neighbor) says his city that borders on East Cambridge and Kendall Square is on track to have some of the best mass transit and newest mixed-use developments. The federal government recently committed $1B for the resurgent city to use for six new Green Line stops. At the same time, $2.3B in new development is underway (a trend we covered), and Joseph has proposed an overhaul of city zoning to encourage mixed-use projects within a quarter-mile of T-stops. It's the kind of TOD sure to attract biotech and life science companies. Hear more at Bisnow’s  Boston Life Science: Global HotbedFeb. 10, 7:30am at the Royal Sonesta. Register here.