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Southern Central Massachusetts Economic Development Strategy


The Economic Development Strategy will create a vision, goals,

and strategies for Southern Central Massachusetts. 

The CEDS draft document will be open for public comment until mid-September. Please utilize the green form below for comments, revisions, and suggestions. 


About the Region

Southern Central


Southern Worcester County possesses unique assets that transcend the Industrial Revolution boom and subsequent deindustrialization of the region. Geographically, the region is comprised of nationally recognized historic sites such as the Blackstone River Valley National Historic Corridor, repurposed mills from the Industrial Revolution era, a wide array of cultural offerings, parks, and a growing agricultural community. Worcester County as more farms than any other county in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with 1,526 farms and Worcester County was ranked 6th out of all counties in the U.S. in farm to consumer sales. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our region in many profound ways, the economic development strategies update is ever more crucial to the future of our region, to realize our region's strengths and weaknesses so that we can take on more economic development opportunities to make our region a better place to live and work for all.

Read the previous CEDS:

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Read the annual report:

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About the Authors

Southern Worcester County
Economic Development Organization

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