Inbox [Sept. 14]: Worcester sets opportunity fairs, McGovern trumpets $2.4M in rail upgrades, women’s conference seeks speakers, education group to honor WPI’s Leshin

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City HR department to hold opportunity fairs

The city of Worcester will hold two opportunity fairs to highlight employment opportunities and further civic engagement. Both are planned for the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St.


The City Opportunity Fair will be 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. There will be information on jobs, internships, volunteering and civic engagement.

The DPW Opportunity Fair will be 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. Information about jobs in the Department of Public Works and Parks will be available.

The fairs are hosted by the city’s human resources department.

McGovern, Mass. delegation announce $2.4M for Central Mass. railroad improvements

U.S. Rep Jim McGovern, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Rep. Niki Tsongas, announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2,376,682 grant for track improvements along the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company’s Gardner Branch rail line in Central Massachusetts. The rail project will reduce the risk of derailments that could impact the drinking water supplied to the city of Worcester.

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

“A strong and growing Central Massachusetts economy starts with smart investments in transit and infrastructure. The Providence and Worcester Railroad has helped to keep our region’s businesses connected for decades and this funding will provide a critical update to the Gardner Branch rail line,” McGovern said. “This grant will help to keep our families safe and commerce flowing as our economy continues to grow. I am grateful to the Department of Transportation for this support and look forward to this railroad continuing to keep our region connected and growing for years to come.”

“This federal funding will support key improvements to our rail infrastructure in Central Massachusetts, benefiting our economy and improving the safety of communities along the rail line,” said Warren. “Transportation projects like this one are good for the Commonwealth’s businesses and families, and that’s why I’m glad to work with the other members of the congressional delegation to help secure critical federal infrastructure grants for Massachusetts.”

“When we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, we strengthen our transportation system, our economy and our health. This grant will finance critical updates to the Gardner Branch rail line in Central Massachusetts that will improve safety, help protect drinking water supplies, while also supporting job creation in construction and engineering,” said Markey.

Read the entire story on Congressman McGovern’s website

Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference issues call for speakers

The Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference is seeking speakers for next year’s event.

The 8th annual one-day leadership conference, which will next be held April 13, 2017, at the DCU Center, has become a signature event in Worcester, and attracts more than 600 attendees, primarily female professionals, from throughout the region.

The conference is designed to offer attendees incredible opportunities for professional development, personal growth and business networking.

One of the conference’s keynote speakers will be Alison Levine, the first American Women’s Everest Expedition Team captain and author of The New York Times bestseller, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments.”

Download the RFP here

Get In, Graduate & Go Far dinner Oct. 6

Bottom Line, a national nonprofit that helps students get into and stay in college, will hold its annual Get In, Graduate & Go Far dinner 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Mechanics Hall.

WPI President Laurie Leshin will be the event honoree, Hanover Insurance Group the corporate honoree.

Bottom Line will honor Worcester students and its work in Worcester. Hear directly from some Bottom Line students and learn about our plans for growth. The reception also features live music and a raffle.

Individual tickets are $125.

More information and tickets are available here

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