December 28, 2016

Worcester Sun, Dec. 28: State House action boosts Worcester biotech boom + much more

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Massachusetts State House

O’Day and Chandler pushing land bill to bring biologics firm LakePharma, ‘150 jobs’ to Worcester |  “They are extremely interested in this piece of property.

Rep. James J. O'Day

Rep. James J. O’Day

“We feel very, very confident and strongly about the asset of LakePharma coming here and really sort of being the anchor of this continuation of the biotech park,” said West Boylston Rep. Jim O’Day.

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Larry Boyer: 3 career-crushing trends to navigate in 2017 |  “We have a new president coming into office, promising to shake up the way the United States conducts business – both inside and outside of the country. Pay attention as what’s happening in Washington will ripple through to your industry, company and ultimately you.” Success Rockets President Larry Boyer is a trusted advisor to individuals, businesses and governments.

Editorial: A clean, and green, alternative |  A recent report highlights one of the state’s hottest sectors for investment and employment. But while Central Mass. has lagged behind other regions in the state, there’s reason for optimism that the area can build the companies and supply the workers needed to take advantage of the transforming economy.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 123]: At City Hall, the gift that keeps on giving |  With Hanukkah in full swing and Christmas fading fast in the rear-view, many a Worcester household overflows with gifts of all shapes and sizes as hastily dispatched ribbons and bows and tags fight for survival in every nook and cranny of the place. What better time, then, to take stock of everything the holiday season has provided? Hitch, ever the sentimental one, goes first!

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Ashley Jordan

Ashley Jordan’s path to music stardom winds through Worcester |  Many musical influences, lots of talent and her own take on “country” make Ashley Jordan one-of-a-kind as a singer and songwriter. Venue by venue — many of those along Park Avenue and in the Canal District — song by song, she’s working hard and enjoying it all. Find out about a hometown musical up-and-comer before it’s too late to jump on the bandwagon.

Free to read | What if … Worcester

Dateline 2049 — Worcester HQ keeps firefighters safe across the country | “The collective concentration smoulders like embers. Structural engineer Akash Bora sits at his console, intensely watching two blue dots crawl like ants on his on-screen blueprints of a four-level condo building in Sacramento. ‘Parkman, Gutierrez,’ he says, keeping his voice calm. ‘Don’t open that door 15 feet ahead of you … you’re going to be walking into a wall of flame.’ ” Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.

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UMass Medical School

Inbox [Dec. 28]: UMass nets $2.1M for primary care initiative, Venture Forum seeks pitch contest applicants, WPI groups share Kalenian Award for innovation, Auburn Rotary helps raise polio-fighting funds |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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