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cartoon 11.28 rsSouthborough – Town officials realize that Southborough’s rural charm and small town atmosphere are key reasons why many residents have chosen to live there. But they also know it is there is a need to bring economic diversity and growth to the town, particularly when Southborough is competing with neighboring communities such as Westborough and Marlborough for jobs.

Recently the Southborough Economic Development Committee met with local business and government officials to discuss ways the town might position itself for successful growth over the next 25 years.

Although Southborough’s job growth has been higher than the state average over the last 35 years, there is still room for improvement, according to a report commissioned by the town and conducted by the MetroWest Economic Research Center based at Framingham State University. That report recommends that the town build on the existing commercial base, especially along the busy Route 9 corridor. In doing so, the town will have a better chance at retaining its tax rate and of filling office buildings while still retaining its rural character.