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Grounded in a tradition of economic development accomplishment, the WBDC has played a key role in strengthening the Worcester region’s position as an economic leader in Massachusetts. Through targeted investment and strategic partnering, the WBDC brings skills and resources to challenging and complex projects.

The WBDC has been successful in its purpose, creating thousands of jobs, and generating millions of dollars in annual taxes to the region. It has created and maintained good relationships in each community that it has worked, caring as much for what happens in the community as those who live and work there.


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Telegram & Gazette



Destination Worcester Video 2014


Quinsigamond Community College Opens Campus at Old Telegram & Gazette Building


WORCESTER — Colee Ladue didn't know she'd be taking classes downtown when she was admitted to the nursing program at Quinsigamond Community College, but she's very happy to be there.

"I love it. I think it's very professionally oriented. Everybody here is very focused," she said of the college's new Healthcare and Workforce Development Center.

Ms. Ladue, of Worcester, is one of roughly 500 students who is helping to break in the new facility at Franklin and Federal streets. The $40 million center occupies 72,409 square feet on three floors in the 135,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Telegram & Gazette.

The new center is home to QCC's health care programs (except dental) as well as non-credit workforce and development programming.

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Education is Adding Dividends to Downtown

PictureCraig Blais gives a tour of the old Telegram & Gazette building at 20 Franklin St., Worcester, across from City Hall, which is being renovated for use by Quinsigamond Community College students Sept. 2. (T&G Staff/PAUL KAPTEYN)

WORCESTER — Quinsigamond Community College expects about 500 students to occupy the former Telegram & Gazette building when the semester begins Sept. 2.

When 1,500 additional QCC students taking noncredit classes and programs in a new Healthcare and Workforce Development Training Center are added into the mix, that equals a lot of foot traffic — and officials hope — a boost to surrounding businesses and to the vitality of downtown.

Craig L. Blais, president and chief executive officer of the Worcester Business Development Corporation, which owns the space at 20 Franklin St. totaling 135,000 square feet, said QCC's expansion into the downtown from its West Boylston Street campus is a win-win scenario. A "robust, thriving" city center can be a key selling point for universities and colleges recruiting students, he said, noting that students will use the area six days a week, potentially until 11 p.m.

"Activity beyond 5 p.m. will add to the continued success of downtown," Mr. Blais said. "I'm excited about the move and the abundance of opportunities it will provide."

Last Updated (Monday, 25 August 2014 10:33)

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