Worcester Business Devbelopment Corporation Podcast
Hosted by Craig Blais, CEO, WBDC
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.
We throw around words like transformative too easily but in this case it is accurate. The deal between Saint Gobain and the WBDC that sees 51 acres, half of the campus being transferred, is truly transformative and historic. Craig Blais, President WBDC, and Patrick Dwyer from Saint Gobain take us through the deal and what it will mean for Worcester and the Greendale neighborhood. As Blais says – you just don’t have tracts of land this size become available.
The podcast of the WBDC centers on two new housing projects going up in Worcester. One at the site of the former Table Talk Pie bakery next to Polar Park. The other off 290 at the former site of Mt. Carmel. Craig Blais, President and CEO of The Worcester Business Development Corporation is joined by Rich Mazzocchi, Partner at Boston Capital and Jim Lambert, Development Director at Wood Partners. They go into detail about the need for housing, the projects they are bringing to Worcester and what attracted them to the city, and comment on inclusionary zoning.
On this episode of the podcast of the Worcester Business Development Corporation, WBDC President and CEO Craig Blais, is joined by State Rep. James O’Day and State House lobbyist for the WBDC Paul Pezzela. How do projects such as the Hanover Theatre or the development in the Greendale section of Worcester get funded. Blais walks us through funding at a macro level from the federal and state government and how that translates to the WBDC and directly impacts projects in the city. Blais talks about how the WBDC gets creative to speed up the process and get necessary projects the city wants and needs done.
The podcast of the Worcester Business Development Corporation. This month we learn about Worcester’s BID District.(Worcester Business Improvement District) Learn how the WBDC was involved in and remains involved in downtown Worcester. Evelyn Darling is the Executive Director of Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District talks about the diverse culture of the area. The Hanover, the JMAC, Mercantile Center, the Ambassadors and more. Find out more at thewbdc.com and downtownworcester.org