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Marlborough leaders mark a year of growth

WORCESTER TELEGRAM – More than 50 officials, business leaders and commercial real estate brokers gathered at the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation’s annual Founders Reception to celebrate a year of unprecedented economic growth and an influx of job-creating businesses.

Mayor Arthur Vigeant, City Council President Trish Pope, and MEDC Chair Richard Tomanek spoke to guests, who gathered to learn about the MEDC’s and the city’s recent successes.

Over the past 12 months, technologically advanced international companies – GE Healthcare, Boston Scientific, Quest Diagnostics, SanDisk and Hologic – found their place in Marlboro, with more than 20 others moving to or expanding in the city.

Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced the city would be receiving a $10,000 donation from Atlantic Management in name of former City Solicitor David Gadbois. He said Hologic was relocating to the city and bringing 150 jobs.

Marlboro’s overall commercial and office vacancy rates dropped to about 14 percent and 18 percent, respectively, amounting to nearly $2.5 million of new growth last year. Unemployment also fell to just 4.0 percent, well below the state and national averages.

At the end of 2014, the Marlboro City Council approved MEDC’s downtown rezoning proposal, effectively creating the new 50-acre Marlborough Village mixed-use zoning district.

“Last year the city generated 65 percent more business permits than the previous year,” said MEDC Chair Richard Tomanek.

This article originally appeared here.