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Marlborough makes the Globe’s list of 2016 Game Changers

Marlborough makes the Globe’s list of 2016 Game Changers

BOSTON GLOBE – The City of Marlborough is the only Massachusetts community among the 46 innovators on the Boston Globe’s 2016 Game Changer list, who had the vision, leadership, and determination to make a difference in lives around the world and around the corner.


Whoever said the outer suburbs were over must have forgotten to tell Marlborough. The city of about 40,000 on the western rim of Interstate 495 is enjoying an economic renaissance.

In the last few years, it has attracted a string of leading tech and corporate tenants, from Boston Scientific to TJX Cos. One of the biggest fish Marlborough landed was the headquarters of GE’s Life Sciences division, which moved from New Jersey and is building out lab space where hundreds of people will work.

Those wins have brought 5,000 new jobs to Marlborough since 2012, when Fidelity Investments moved a big campus out of town and many questioned how communities in Boston’s outer belt would bounce back from the housing downturn.

Up next, the development of the APEX Center, a 43-acre project slated to be approved by city officials in late May, which would bring two hotels, office buildings, and live-work-play amenities (a bowling alley!) aimed at luring today’s modern employers and the employees that come with them. After that, a delegation from China is working on a deal to build a business park and establish a foothold in an East Coast tech hub.

When all that comes together, at least one outer suburb will be right back in the thick of things.

This excerpt by Tim Logan originally appeared here.