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Downtown Partnership, town team up to recruit business

January 15, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Planning & Development subcommittee voted unanimously Thursday night to support a proposal to contribute $3,000 toward a late May event aimed at attracting commercial and industrial companies to town.

"Retail, I don't think, is going to work as well in Southbridge as commercial or industrial," said the idea's proponent, Downtown Partnership President and former councilor Ronald Chernisky. "... Every day, even in this awful economy, I get an e-mail from Worcester Business Journal that says this business is relocating to 'X' community. We need to get them to relocate here."

To him, the town's very high unemployment rate is both a potential strength, as is the fact the town has a mix of low-cost and "higher-end" housing, blue- and white-collar workers, plus the hospital, banks, services and proximity to highways and major cities.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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