40 Under Forty: Meredith Harris, 30


Executive director

Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Lives: Marlborough

Birthplace: Norwood but grew up in Norton

Colleges: UMass Dartmouth, UMass Boston
Before Harris was tapped to lead MEDC in 2016, Marlborough had success attracting major corporate campuses like GE Healthcare Life Sciences and Quest Diagnostics. Harris' task, however, was more complex: Turn the city from a drive-in, drive-out corporate office park into a thriving destination where people can live, work and play. Under her guidance, MEDC created a small business financial incentive program, leading to 13 companies opening and growing, taking up 90,000 square feet of space, retaining 48 jobs and creating 214 new ones. During her tenure, Marlborough added the $160-million, 475,000-square-foot Apex Center of New England retail, hotel and entertainment complex, and MEDC launched a Zagster bikeshare program. She's kept the corporate wins going, too, landing the Northeast headquarters for Whole Foods Market. Harris sits on the boards of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and the MetroWest Economic Research Center. To address the city's housing and transportation issues, Harris led the city to create a special-permit checklist for developers.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “Meredith is a power player in the development and success of the economic growth in our area. I can't wait to see what she does next.”

What TV character is most like you? Leslie Knope from “Parks and Recreation.” She is the ultimate optimist.

Who is responsible for your success? My husband, Mike, encourages me every day to be my best self and celebrates even the smallest accomplishments.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.