Inbox [July 6]: Officials laud TIF-boosted Quinsig Village development, Saint-Gobain promotes Worcester exec, theater troupe sets auditions, WRTA seeks feedback

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Chamber, city leaders tout TIF-backed Quinsigamond Village development

City and business leaders gathered recently at the 610,000-square-foot 150 Blackstone River Road warehouse development in the Quinsigamond Village neighborhood to praise a unique public-private partnership that has already attracted two major tenants.

Known as 150 Blackstone, leaders are lauding the tax increment financing (TIF) agreement formed last year between the city and GFI Partners, an active real estate developer in Worcester since the mid-1980s, as the catalyst for the development’s early success. After completion, a 15-year TIF propelling the $26 million, 36-acre redevelopment will create about 300 new jobs over five years and generate $1.4 million in property tax revenues annually.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce website

Lauren Petit

Courtesy Saint-Gobain

Lauren Petit

Saint-Gobain promotes Worcester-based leader

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, announced the appointment of Lauren Petit to senior manager for philanthropy, community engagement and crisis communications for the North American Delegation.

“Lauren brings a wealth of experience to the role, having most recently served as manager of communications and community relations for the North American Abrasives business in Worcester.

In her new role, Lauren will be responsible for crisis communications and community relations for the North American region, including programs related to the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation. Lauren will continue to reside in Worcester and remain involved in key issues related to the Worcester site.

Read the entire story on the Saint-Gobain website

July3-And Then There were nonWCLOC will hold auditions for Christie’s ‘And then there were none’

The Worcester County Light Opera Company will hold auditions for its October production of Agatha Christie’s “And then there were none.”

Audition times are 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 17, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 18.

The production, directed by Chuck Grigatis, is planned for 8 p.m. Oct. 7-8 and 13-15, and 2 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16.

Rehearsals will begin the week of Aug. 22 with a rehearsal schedule of Sunday, Tuesday Thursday.

Read the entire story on the Worcester County Light Opera Company website

WRTA solicits feedback for 2016 customer satisfaction survey

The Worcester Regional transit Authority wants to hear from you.

The WRTA has launched a survey, available in English and Spanish, as part of its 2016 customer satisfaction survey.

You may be eligible to win a free WRTA Monthly Pass for taking the survey.

Read the entire story and take the survey on the WRTA website

— Cindy Henderson

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