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Imagine 2050

A Vision for Central Massachusetts

Home to over 500,000 residents, Central Massachusetts boasts strong education, natural beauty, classic New England charm, and so much more. However, the future of the region faces uncertainties in population growth, climate change, industry shifts, and wealth inequity.

Imagine 2050 will align the region’s priorities to ensure a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future. Designed to be implemented by town governments, developers, policymakers, non-profits, and residents alike; this plan imagines a region that works for everyone- and how to make it happen. 

Now Announcing: The Vision Statement

Phase I: Visioning

+20 Tabling Events
…including Farmers’ Markets, Craft Fairs, & Town-wide celebrations

+15 Visioning Sessions
…including sub-regional summits, town meetings, and organizations

+600 Surveys Collected
…through paper copies in town halls, tabling events, and online

+1,150 Public Comments Collected
…from tabling events, visioning sessions, & our survey

Survey Results

Below are the top answers to the question:

“In 2050 I Imagine a Central Massachusetts with…”


Many Small, Local Businesses

Milkroom Brewing, Rutland

Walkable, Mixed-Use Areas

Town Center, Webster

Vibrant Town

Town Center, Spencer


Clean Air, Water,
& Soil

Blackstone River

Thriving Local Food System & Farms

Brookfield Orchards, North Brookfield

Open Space Conservation

Wachusett Mountain State Reservoir, Princeton


Housing that is Affordable

Affordable Housing, Sturbridge

Health Care for All Income Levels

Youth & Family Services, Shrewsbury

Access to Healthy Food for All

Community Harvest Project, Grafton

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