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Economic Development

The mission of the Valley's Economic Development Office is to encourage and manage business and industrial growth in the Valley, while helping to preserve the unique characteristics which have made this area a magnet for business and tourism for over a century. 

Contact the Economic Development Director

Why should you locate your business in the Blackstone Valley?

  • Easy access to four major airports: Logan, T.F. Green, Bradley and Worcester
  • Less than an hour drive to major rail and seaports
  • Two Mass Pike Interchanges: Route 122 and Route 146
  • Less than one hour drive to Boston, Hartford, Providence, Worcester and Springfield
  • Over 600 acres of Industrial/Commercial zoned land along Route 146
  • Average business tax rate of $15.35 per thousand
  • Quality office space at prices 50% less than contiguous markets
  • Over 2,000,000 visitors per year to local tourist sites

Breaking barriers in sound reinforcement
Along the quiet banks of the Blackstone River is a company responsible for sound systems heard at recent Olympic ceremonies, Grammy Awards and Superbowl XXX, as well as othre leading events and musical tours. Eastern Acoustic Works in Northbridge combines proprietary technology and craftsmanship to produce advanced audio systems known the world over. (Larry Lorusso)

We've Got Room for Your Success!

An active chamber of commerce, full-time economic development personnel and supportive community leaders are all evidence of the Blackstone Valley's commitment to business development and quality of life. The unique characteristics of each of the Valley's towns provide a wide range of opportunities and resources.
Industry, tourism,education, research and quality
living all thrive in the BlackstoneValley's eleven distinct communities. No matter what your requirements may be, there's a location in the Blackstone Valley that meets them. And the Valley's area-wide approach to economic development gives you a single point of contact to put that location to work for you.

The flexibility of the Valley's existing buildings makes them ideal for uses ranging from manufacturing
and R & D to housing and office space. (BRVNHCC)

Economic Development Reports

MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State College - View the latest Blackstone Valley unemployment rates

Regional Economic Development Spotlights: 2002 CEDS Annual Report

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor
The Massachusetts Visitor Information Network Service
The Massachusetts Visitor
Information Network Service
Mass. Highway Dept. Mass Office of Travel and Tourism
Blackstone Tourism Council Blackstone Dailly
Grafton Times
Northbridge Times
The Daily Millbury
Central Mass News