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Updated: May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Meredith Harris

Meredith Harris, executive director of Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Meredith Harris
  • Title: Executive director
  • Organization: Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
  • Residence: Marlborough
  • Colleges: UMass Dartmouth & UMass Boston

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Remember when Marlborough was known primarily for the Solomon Pond Mall and office parks?

Those are still there, but the city has added the Apex Center of New England entertainment complex, has a 123-unit expansion underway at the Avalon Marlborough apartments, has attracted new offices for medical device company Candela, Doble Engineering and manufacturer Allegro MicroSystems, and brought new draws downtown including Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Co. Next up: a planned seven-story mixed-use building on Main Street. MEDC, which Harris has led as executive director since 2016, has had its hand in other projects as well, including the bikeshare program Zagster, a shuttle service to the Southborough commuter rail station, and an exclusive deal to advertise on the culinary TV show Phantom Gourmet. Harris is a leader in all of that, as well as serving on the MetroWest Economic Research Center Advisory Board, MassEcon, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

What makes Central Mass. unique? It’s so diverse. Not only do we have a wide variety of industries and job opportunities at small and large companies, we have an array of tourism opportunities through places such as the New England Sports Center.

Good start: I got married on Friday the 13th.

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