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    2023 Power 50: Angela Bovill

    Angela Bovill holds the top job at one of the largest human services organizations in Central Massachusetts.

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    2023 Power 50: Julie Bowditch

    If Worcester has one person who serves as the face of everything positive about the city’s business community, it’s probably Julie Bowditch.

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    2023 Power 50: Dr. Matilde “Mattie” Castiel

    Dr. Matilde Castiel oversees numerous high-profile and highly important offices and services throughout the City of Worcester, from the Department of Public Health to the opioid and mental health task forces.

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    2023 Power 50: Parth Chakrabarti

    Parth Chakrabarti is responsible for growing the size, financials, and reach of the UMass Chan research enterprise.

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    2023 Power 50: Amy Chase

    While a precarious retail market sent many across the city and region running, Amy Chase celebrated 10 years in business in September and remains a bright spot for the creative community.

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    2023 Power 50: Jennie Lee Colosi

    Colosi is president of the 77-year-old E.T. & L. Corp., in Stow, which employs 133 people. She is a trained engineer and one of the only women presidents of a Central Massachusetts construction company.

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    2023 Power 50: Joshua Croke

    Croke is the influential voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Central Massachusetts region. As president of Love Your Labels, they lead the Queer Coalition of Greater Worcester and run programming across the area, including Drag Queen Story Time.

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    2023 Power 50: Ralph Crowley Jr

    Polar Beverages may still be a family business led by Ralph Crowley Jr., but it has become a national player in the beverage industry.

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    2023 Power 50: Jeffrey Cunningham

    Cunningham is using his influence as a developer to help communities make the most of what they have.

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    2023 Power 50: Dr. Eric Dickson

    As the leader of more than 17,000 caregivers at the largest healthcare provider and largest employer in Central Massachusetts, Dr. Eric Dickson has a wide-spreading domain.

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    2023 Power 50: Patrick Dwyer

    Patrick Dwyer got promoted to VP of Saint-Gobain's Abrasives manufacturing locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, including the headquarters in Worcester, and has helped push the company forward and into the limelight since getting the job in 2021.

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    2023 Power 50: Grace Elton

    Under Grace Elton, the gains of the botanic garden have been significant, and they’re starting to pay off with more visitors and more attractions.

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    2023 Power 50: Caroline Frankel

    Caroline Frankel wants to make cannabis friendlier. She’s one of local cannabis businesses continuing to grow as multi-state companies like Trulieve Cannabis Corp. and Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. try to wrangle the marijuana market in Massachusetts away from more local and homegrown entrepreneurs.

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    2023 Power 50: Natalie Friel

    Natalie Friel is responsible for the growth biomanufterer Resilience in Central Massachusetts.

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    2023 Power 50: Tim Garvin

    Under Tim Garvin's leadership, the United Way’s mission is to build up communities through investment across the spectrum of needs and programming in 30 towns across the region.

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    2023 Power 50: Steven Gentilucci

    Longtime Worcester resident Gentilucci started with Consigli more than 25 years ago as an assistant superintendent and worked his way up to his position as general manager.

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    2023 Power 50: Shannon George

    Shannon can be found George pounding the pavement with students, hospital workers, and other union members, navigating the noise to get the union's message out.

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    2023 Power 50: Meredith Harris

    Led by Meredith Harris, the quasi-public nonprofit MEDC helped to fill 350,000 square feet of space and bring approximately 500 jobs in 2022 through business relocation and expansion.

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    2023 Power 50: Sam Hendler

    It’s been a busy year for Sam Hendler and the team at Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers.

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    2023 Power 50: Debora Jackson

    WPI may be best known for its engineering power, but Debora Jackson is putting the business school on the map in the region.

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    2023 Power 50: Kathleen Jordan

    In July, when her husband David Jordan retires as president, Kathleen Jordan will be in the top spot at an organization with an annual revenue she helped grow to more than $300 million.

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    2023 Power 50: Rita Kapur

    Rita Kapur has worked as the CFO of Aimtek since 1993. The company was started by her parents, Amar and Ani Kapur, in a third-floor apartment and a rented garage in Worcester after Amar emigrated from Mumbai, India, to study chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    2023 Power 50: William Kelleher, IV & James Umphrey

    Will Kelleher and Jim Umphrey oversee more than 20 full-time commercial real estate brokers at Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates. The company leased nearly 2 million square feet and sold $156 million in commercial space in 2022.

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    2023 Power 50: Stephen Kerrigan

    Under Stephen Kerrigan’s leadership, Kennedy Community Health opened its 11th location in March, which added 30,000 square feet to the organizational footprint and additional services in behavioral, dental, and pharmaceutical care.

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    2023 Power 50: Karen LaFond

    With more than 20 years of experience in commercial finance and real estate, LaFond brings a wealth of interdisciplinary knowledge to the transactional practice group at 200-year-old Worcester law firm Fletcher Tilton.

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    2023 Power 50: Edward Manzi, Jr.

    Edward Manzi, Jr. has been leading Fidelity Bank since 1997 and has the distinction of being the longest-serving CEO at a Massachusetts community bank, helping to shape the Central Massachusetts business landscape.

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    2023 Power 50: Carla McCall

    Under McCall’s guidance, AAFCPAs is working toward a better future, or at least pushing its employees to think of their work as something beyond accounting.

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    2023 Power 50: Shruti Miyashiro

    Shruti Miyashiro started her credit union career as a teller in her senior year of college, and now she’s the head of the largest credit union in Central Massachusetts. Like Miyashiro, DCU had to start at the bottom to get to the top.

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    2023 Power 50: Bob Mumgaard

    Bob Mumgaard co-founded CFS in 2018 out of MIT with the goal of commercializing fusion energy, a puzzle whose solution has eluded scientists since the 1940s.

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    2023 Power 50: Timothy Murray

    Timothy Murray is approaching 10 years leading the Worcester regional chamber, a powerhouse chamber in New England serving more than 150 communities in the region and 2,300 members.

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    2023 Power 50: Roy Nascimento

    Helping to tie together the North Central Massachusetts business community from farmers to factory owners to the local hair salon is Roy Nascimento.

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    2023 Power 50: Girish Navani

    In 1999, when Girish Navani co-founded eClinicalWorks, a healthcare software company hosting patient records, he had a background in robotics but a curiosity about health care and a desire to develop something to help patients and physicians alike.

  • 2023 Power 50: Michael Nicholson

    During the tenure of the state’s youngest mayor and Gardner’s first Latino elected official, Michael Nicholson is seeing signs of recovery as new businesses open and the neglected downtown is revived.

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    2023 Power 50: Charles “Chip” Norton

    Norton has had the foresight to recognize the value in Central Massachusetts.

  • 2023 Power 50: Ivette Olmeda

    After the Main South TDI district graduated from the program, Ivette Olmeda was appointed to help another Worcester neighborhood along Pleasant Street in the vicinity of Piedmont Street.

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    2023 Power 50: John “Jack” Roche

    The Hanover Insurance Group generates an estimated $749 million in annual value added across Massachusetts and employees an average of 1,837 people in Central Massachusetts from 2010 to 2020. All of this means John "Jack" Roche has a lot of responsibility keeping one of the largest employers in the region moving forward.

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    2023 Power 50: Eugene Scherbakov

    Scherbakov has the distinction of being only the second person to lead the $1.4-billion IPG Photonics. In May 2021, he replaced its founder Valentin Gapontsev as the Marlborough company’s CEO.

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    2023 Power 50: Vincent Strully, Jr.

    Vincent Strully established the first NECC program in 1975, and since then has built from there to include a day school, a residential program, a classroom model for use within public schools, a consulting practice, a research center, onsite graduate degree programs, and a technology division to develop the center’s curriculum to learners with autism far and wide.

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    2023 Power 50: Fred Taylor

    Fred Taylor gives Central Massachusetts a voice in one of the largest trade unions in the country, advocating for more than 30,000 members across the region.

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    2023 Power 50: Larissa Thurston

    The core of the Central Massachusetts economy runs through small businesses, and those businesses need a place to get capital and loans. One of the most important institutions in the area providing the loans that small businesses need to succeed is St. Mary’s Credit Union, and providing those intermediary loans is something Larissa Thurston and her team pride themselves on.

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    2023 Power 50: Tuyet Tran

    The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA is the only organization of its kind in the region, and it was built from the ground up by and for Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees in Worcester. One of those was Tuyet Tran, then a young social worker in the city who saw an unmet need.

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    2023 Power 50: Jon Weaver

    As the Central Massachusetts biotech and bioscience sector continues to grow, it needs places for new ideas and innovators. Enter MBI and its leader, Jon Weaver.

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    2023 Power 50: Dr. Lynda Young

    In early 2023, Young was named chair of the board of trustees at UMass Memorial Health, making her the first female chair of the largest employer in Central Massachusetts.

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    2023 Power 50: Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham

    Valerie Zolezzi-Wynham has her sights set on extending the impact of Promoting Good when she opens the PG Collaborative, a collaborative coworking space to allow for the fostering of relationships for creatives and entrepreneurs.

Today's Poll

Why do you primarily visit the Canal District neighborhood in Worcester?
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Poll Description

The Canal District has gone through a number of transitions over the last few decades. The neighborhood once had one of the higher poverty rates in Worcester when businesses like the Dive Bar moved in, followed by a number of locally owned restaurants and bars. Just over 10 years ago, the retail shop Crompton Collective started attracting a different crowd of people looking for unique goods. This eclectic mix of small businesses and a walkable, urban vibe attracted the owners of Pawtucket Red Sox to move their baseball team in 2021 to the newly developed $160-million Polar Park, the most expensive minor league baseball stadium ever built. That development is being followed by a wave of market-rate multifamily housing projects, which are at varying degrees of development.