1. Franklin County has 'enormous economic opportunity' says chamber leader Natalie Blais

    Franklin County has 'enormous economic opportunity' says chamber leader Natalie Blais

    Working in economic development and communications for U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, from 2005 through 2012, Natalie M. Blais quickly learned that economic development is most successful when it is driven from the ground up, not top down. "Community buy-in is a must," says Blais, who later worked as district representative for U. S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, following Olver's retirement. As the new executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Blais focused on spending her first two months listening to learn what is important to chamber members and communities.

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    1. For decades, she fought to enhance the economic vitality of Franklin County.
    2. This presents an enormous economic opportunity for the region.
    3. This rural character is a tremendous strength, but it also presents challenges. Building awareness about the accessibility of our region and what it has to offer will be a priority.
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