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Editor Brad Kane responds to rising COVID levels and introduces the Sept. 18 print issue.
The City of Fitchburg and key community players like Fitchburg State University have been talking about revitalizing downtown for years. Fast forward to 2023, and it appears the pieces are coming together for Fitchburg’s downtown reinvention.
Timothy Johnson says companies usually need some convincing to hire workers with intellectual and development disabilities, but once they do, the businesses are over the moon with the results.
Since my children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, their futures have occupied an extraordinary amount of my headspace.
Originally slated to be announced in this Aug. 21 edition of WBJ followed by a Sept. 13 ceremony, everything is being pushed to still unspecified dates.
These are signs our healthcare system, from national to local, is falling apart. We need a strong coalition of business, community, and political leaders to tackle the many problems causing this threatening level of strain.
When the news of the Supreme Court’s decision broke, we in the WBJ newsroom wrote it up for WBJournal.com. Even though we pride ourselves in being intensely focused on local business news, the decision was too massive for us not to mention it.
Even though the entire industry totals just 15 colleges and universities through Central Massachusetts, higher education remains a strategically important industry and plays a critical role in the region’s economy.
Despite the many headwinds - like the war in Ukraine and a steep rise in interest rates – unemployment remains incredibly low, and businesses are still hiring as they look to fill key positions and meet persistent demand.
WBJ decided to publish a Midyear Economic Update on the local business community, to see how all the major events so far in 2023 impacted people’s feelings about the rest of this year.
Dispensaries would be as common as liquor stores, discussion around cannabis use would be as tolerated as drinking wine, and cannabis cafes would dot the landscape as bars do now.
Massachusetts needs housing. As one of her main efforts to alleviate the increasingly unaffordable cost of buying and renting housing, Gov. Maura Healey has prioritized building new homes throughout Mass.
With energy at the forefront of Central Mass. business leaders’ minds as prices have spiked in the last two years, WBJ decided to renew its focus on sustainability.
With no magic bullet on the horizon, achieving the Massachusetts clean energy objectives will require a multi-pronged approach, with a blend of carrots and sticks to massively accelerate the rate of change.
The City of Worcester is stepping up its commitment with an important vote of support: increasing the money behind its DEI efforts.
There’s a lot to like in hobbyist-turned-entrepreneur Chuck Brown’s quest to turn his home businesses into a sustainable retail shop, particularly because he provides a product that’s seemingly everywhere but at the same time very difficult to find