Economic Development

CMRPC provides a series of services to support economic development in our region. Our unique role in the region enables us to support your ideas from conception through funding and grant administration to create jobs, build community, and support future growth. Our goal is to support development of resilient local economies that are responsive to entrepreneurs, job seekers, and growing businesses, and contribute to the high quality of life across the region. CMRPC facilitates Public-Private partnerships that benefit communities, workers, businesses, and the entire region of Southern Worcester County, Massachusetts.


CMRPC has supported brownfields projects in Central Massachusetts through planning, community development and site assessment assistance since 2009. Currently, CMRPC offers a environmental site assessment grant-of-service program funded by the US Environmental Projection Agency (EPA).

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The Economic Development Organization (EDO) and CMRPC staff update the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to reflect the latest target redevelopment sites, innovative financing and permitting techniques, and the newest thinking in our region.

Economic Development Planning

CMRPC undertakes a wide variety of economic development activities in partnership with local jurisdictions, business and academic communities, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Southern Worcester County Economic Development Organization

The SWC EDO represents a group of economic development professionals, education leaders, and appointed officials, who seek to foster growth in our region.

Village Strategic Planning

CMRPC supports several town villages in Central Massachusetts through strategic planning to promote economic vitality and development.

Municipalities and governmental entities are allowed to contract directly with CMRPC in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B Sections 1 (b) (3) and (b) (9). Contract with CMRPC, contact CMRPC’s Executive Director, Janet Pierce at

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