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Worcester Co. barely grows, while Middlesex Co. leads the state

Grant Welker |

Worcester County's population grew by less than 2,000 in a 12-month period ending last July, according to new U.S. Census data, a growth rate only about half of the growth from one year prior.

Mercantile Center replacing long-dead Worcester Galleria

Grant Welker |

New spaces along the edges of the center's towers are envisioned as restaurants and other retail uses that will enliven a development with 642,000 square feet of space – almost 30 percent of...

Striking while the iron is hot

At noon on March 10, the principals behind Onsite Builders & Development of Westwood came into WBJ's offices ready to detail the $35-million proposal they had just laid on Worcester...

North Central chamber gives $15k to Worcester bakery

Crust Artisan Bakeshop in Worcester has received a $15,000 loan from the North Central Massachusetts Development Corp., the first such loan since the agency said it would begin expanding south.

Worcester's Brew on the Grid opening Cambridge, Lynn stores

Grant Welker |

Not long after opening in downtown Worcester's Grid District, the coffee shop Brew on the Grid is already working on several new locations.

Two Mass. Congressmen explore medical sector opportunities in Cuba

State House News Service |

Two members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation are back from a trip to Cuba to explore medical sector economic development possibilities.

Central Mass. economic forecast: a high schooler perspective

Nicholas DeCastro |

Seven students from Maynard High School attended WBJ's Economic Forecast forum, and one junior reported back his impressions from the event talking about global and national growth in 2017.

'Grave concerns' from building inspectors on state reorganization plan

State House News Service |

Building inspectors told state officials that a proposed reorganization creating a new Office of Public Safety and Inspections within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development wouldn't...

Worcester needs commuter rail investments

TIMOTHY P. MURRAY |

As we come off the high of the Patriots capturing their fifth Super Bowl, I am reminded of the quote from one of my heroes, Vincent Lombardi, who said, “Inches make a champion.”

Carroll never stops working, advocating

Emily Micucci |

Frank Carroll never left Worcester, but in a vast career in business advocacy bringing him deep into the national political area and an abiding commitment to philanthropy, Carroll's reach extends far...

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