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WPI study calls for re-creation of Worcester's Blackstone Canal

Sam Bonacci |

A study by WPI students has called for a re-creation of a portion of Worcester's Blackstone Canal, citing increased development opportunities as well as improved quality of life for area residents.

Locally-grown efforts help lift innovation across Massachusetts

PAMELA GOLDBERG Special to the Worcester Business Journal |

Every year, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative releases its Annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, benchmarking Massachusetts against other leading technology...

Towns aiming to loosen strings to boost business

Sam Bonacci |

As businesses continue to move into the large stock of vacant commercial buildings along Interstate 495, some communities are looking to boost ground-up development with clear zoning...

Baker team fills business posts


The incoming Baker administration has tapped a Dorchester community development director and a former member of the Romney administration for posts within the Office of Housing and Community...

THEN TO NOW: With a nod to city's industrial heyday, Worcester developers mix modern needs into past architectures

Sam Bonacci |

Whether it's a former car dealership that now houses two of Worcester's well-trafficked restaurants, or a former vocational school that contains the city's newest, high-line loft...

GE helping make I-495 area hot


When General Electric brings its healthcare and life sciences division to Marlborough in the spring, the 500-employee facility will be both a symbol of the rising fortunes of the city and...

Charting new courses and moving ahead

Rick Saia |

The year we're about to leave - for some, maybe forget - saw several noteworthy business-related events in Central Massachusetts, but here's our consensus selections for the top five stories of 2014.

Hudson wins award for new master plan

Emily Micucci |

The Town of Hudson announced it has received an award from the Massachusetts chapter of the American Planning Association for the master plan adopted by the Planning Board in November.

After tax vote, Murray says Worcester will draft plan for single rate in 2015

Emily Micucci |

In an 8-3 roll call vote Tuesday night, Worcester city councilors inched closer to a single-tax rate, setting the fiscal 2015 property levy for businesses at $31.73 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

Framingham selectmen shift tax burden off businesses

Emily Micucci |

While it maintained its split real estate tax rate, the Framingham Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday night to shift some of the tax burden off commercial and industrial property owners in...

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