1. Allan Blair's economic leadership served region well: Editorial

    Allan Blair's economic leadership served region well: Editorial

    Allan Blair, who retires at the end of December after 18 years as president and CEO of the business-funded Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, has served the community well as the regional leader of these efforts. Due in large part to Blair’s efforts over three decades, Western Massachusetts is known for having the Commonwealth’s most collaborative economic development effort, much of it directly under the umbrella of the EDC. This is not easy work. It’s hand-to-hand combat, usually behind the scenes. But whenever a ribbon is cut, whenever an industrial park is developed, whenever a new ...

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