By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Westborough – Over 200 local business leaders, as well as town and state officials, gathered Jan. 25 to honor 10 Westborough businesses and two school organizations at the 2018 Year in Review and Fifth Annual Celebratory Event. The event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston – Westborough, was hosted by the Westborough Economic Development Committee (WEDC).
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the keynote speaker, praised the business community, as well as local officials, for their collaborative efforts which helped to bring 60 new businesses to Westborough over the past year.
Much attention has been paid to economic development in the Seaport district of Boston, Polito noted, but it was “exciting to see the growth in Metrowest as well,” she said.
Equally important, she added, was the continued efforts of state leadership to increase resources for businesses to succeed in the commonwealth.
“We are here for you,” she said. “We have the tools to help you,” she said of the Baker-Polito administration.
After Polito’s speech, Bonnie Sullivan, WEDC chair and James Ball and Joshua Lee Smith, WEDC ambassadors, presented awards to 12 organizations for their contributions to the local business community.
- Best Expansion Project Award – Reliant Medical Group
- Driver for Business Growth Award – Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Public-Private Partnership Award – PENTA Communications, Inc.
- Leader in Development Award – Carruth Capital
- Westborough Foodie Award – Red Heat Tavern, Sachi Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar
- Innovation Award – Columbia Tech
- Outstanding Revitalization Project Award – Arcade Building
- Company to Watch Award – Astellas
- Westborough New Small Business Award – Elsie Kaye Glassworks
The EDC also presented two Civic Pride awards to representatives from the Westborough Public Schools. Johanna DiCarlo, the Westborough High School Athletic Director, accepted the award on behalf of the initiative Rangers on Track, which raised funds to make improvements for the WHS track and field complex.
Led by School Superintendent Amber Bock, faculty and students accepted the award for the BORO Sugar Shack, a candy store that is run in the downtown area by post-high school transition.
According to a press release from the WEDC, “In 2017, the Westborough EDC made significant progressive strides, helping to acquire more than 1.8 million square feet in commercial and industrial space, adding $125 million to the local tax base between January and December. The addition of 600 new jobs and the retention of over 2,500 jobs marked the town as a top market for growth.”
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For more information visit edc.town.westborough.ma.us.