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Cummings leaving MEDC post

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – After helping attract dozens of companies to Marlborough, significantly reducing the commercial vacancy rate the past four years, Tim Cummings is leaving the city to become Nashua, New Hampshire’s economic development director.

The Marlborough Economic Development Corporation’s executive director the past four years, Cummings will succeed Tom Galligani in Nashua. Friday is Cummings’ last day in the city.

“I found it very intriguing when the opportunity was presented to me,” Cummings said of his new role.

When Cummings arrived in Marlborough in 2012, fresh off a stint as a special projects manager for the town of Foxborough, the city’s overall commercial vacancy rate was 22 percent, a figure he helped lower to 12 percent. The city’s office vacancy rate also dropped from 34 percent to 18 percent during that time.

“I’m very proud to see all the positive economic growth,” he said.

Cummings is most proud of assisting in the creation of the new “Marlborough Village” zoning district that allows several new accepted uses in the city center and promotes mixed-use developments with housing on upper levels and businesses on the bottom floor to help energize the downtown.

He also highlighted the redevelopment of the former Hewlett Packard campus on Forest Street as a major accomplishment his team achieved. GE Healthcare Life Sciences and Quest Diagnostics are operating at the site, while a Hilton Garden Inn and daycare center are under construction and set to open soon.

Cummings described the proposed Apex Center of New England project on Rte. 20, which will feature hotels, restaurants, office buildings and an entertainment complex, as a development “to be proud of.”

In the past year, Oyo Sports, New England Cryogenic Center Inc., LFB Corp., Mitutoyo and Tetra Tech also moved to the city.

“It’s a great tribute to the team in place,” Cummings said, lauding his staff. “It was a team effort. I feel as though the community has moved forward over the past four or five years. We’ve seen some great things.”

Mayor Arthur Vigeant characterized Cummings as a leader who was very successful at drawing major companies to Marlborough.

“He became a leader of the organization,” the mayor said.

The city is expected to begin advertising the MEDC executive director opening Friday, said Vigilant.

This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.