The WBDC Podcast

Presented by Worcester Business Development Corporation

WBDC PODCAST – Economic Development Coordinating Council

On this episode Roberta Brien, Executive V.P. of the WBDC and Peter Dunn, Chief Development Officer City of Worcester. Find out about the work of the Economic Development Coordinating Council (EDCC). This group helps shape the direction of Worcester, making sure elected officials and others know where the city is headed and what it needs to achieve its goals.

Worcester’s Life Sciences Leadership

In this edition of the Podcast of the Worcester Business Development Corporation - Craig Blais, President and CEO of the WBDC is joined by Jie Chen, Senior Vice President of Wuxi Biologics and Bill Atchison, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing for...

Lisa A. Drexhage – Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Project Manager for the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC),
Lisa crafts and executes complex economic and community development projects.

WBDC Update On The Reactory Project

Roberta Brien talked about her role at the WBDC and updated us on The Reactory. A project the WBDC has been part of from inception and will see through to completion.

WBDC and Franklin Realty Advisors

This episode of the podcast of the Worcester Business Development Corporation sees Host Hank Stolz joined by Julie Holstrom, Senior Projects Manager with the WBDC and their guest Charles “Chip” Norton Jr., Managing Director of Franklin Realty Advisors LLC.


Hank Stolz is joined by Bridget Carney-Jagne, WBDC Executive Director SBA and Finance.  She is joined by Michael Tapalin, Managing Director Sales and Manufacturing BDC Capital.


CEO of Worcester Business Development Corporation Craig Blais talks about the history of the WBDC, the impact the organization makes on central Massachusetts, and how it will grow in the future.

Worcester Business Development Corporation

Worcester Business Development Corporation

Craig Blais, CEO


The Worcester Business Development Corporation was founded by people from your community, for your community. It works as a collaboration between public and private sectors to create a healthy economy in the Worcester area. We do this by recognizing and reacting to challenges in the local economy. Our main goal is to assist in the development of businesses in Worcester and foster growth of entrepreneurs in the area, as well as expand the tax base and promote employment opportunities. We are your neighbors, your support system, your friends.

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