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Blackstone Valley
Region of Massachusetts
A view of the Blackstone River in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts
A view of the Blackstone River in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts
Country  United States
State  Massachusetts
Blackstone Valley
The Blackstone Valley in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
The Blackstone Valley in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Location  Massachusetts
 Rhode Island
Long-axis direction Northwest-Southeast
Type River
Population centers Worcester, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island
Watercourses Blackstone River
A typical summer view in the Blackstone Valley near Uxbridge, Massachusetts

The Blackstone Valley or Blackstone River Valley is a region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It was a major factor in the American Industrial Revolution. It makes up part of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.


The Blackstone Valley has a varied economic base and is positioned to compete with the MetroWest region and the Greater Boston area for new economic development. A recent report commissioned by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce provided evidence that the region has growth in the manufacturing, education, healthcare, and professional, scientific, and technical sectors. The valley is also accessible to highways and rail, cost competitive, and an educated workforce. Twelve major colleges are situated within thirty minutes of the Blackstone Valley, including Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University.[1]

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce[edit]

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is the local chamber of commerce for Worcester county within Central Massachusetts. The chamber represents the business needs of over 450 businesses and thousands of employees in the area.[2]

Membership in the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce also includes membership in the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In the Summer of 2012, the chamber teamed up with State State Senator Michael Moore, the Central Massachusetts Center for Business and Enterprise (CMCBE), and the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), and others, in an effort is to extend lines of credit to small businesses for expansion and to help hire new employees.[3]

Blackstone River[edit]

Main article: Blackstone River

Blackstone Canal[edit]

Main article: Blackstone Canal

The Blackstone Canal was a waterway linking Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence, Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay Narragansett Bay) through the Blackstone Valley via a series of locks and canals between 1828 and 1848.

The canal is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Worcester Regional Economic Competitiveness Outlook" (PDF). Anderson Strategic Advisors, LLC. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Business Directory Search". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ Koczwara, Kevin (2012-07-12). "Senator Michael Moore and BVCC team up for small businesses". The Millbury Sutton Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-04-09. 

External links[edit]

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Valley Breeze
Wed, 27 May 2015 22:28:50 -0700

These badly damaged oak leaves were spotted last week in Cumberland. The rapid spread of winter moth caterpillars is to blame. Not much can be done to save plants this year, according to DEM, as the outbreak is now nearly complete. (Valley Breeze photo ...
Worcester Telegram
Wed, 27 May 2015 12:55:48 -0700

UPTON – Area police departments have formed a task force to review reports that a man in a gray sedan has been driving close to children and bothering them. In Uxbridge last month, police say, a man asked a 14-year-old boy to get into his vehicle, and ...
The Providence Journal
Thu, 07 May 2015 14:43:39 -0700

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — In an effort to offer services to more people, the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program is opening offices at Central Falls High School and Calcutt Middle School, a news release said. Milagros Ramos from BVCAP will be ...
Milford Daily News
Sun, 03 May 2015 21:23:31 -0700

UPTON - Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School was one of just 58 schools nationwide named as a 2015 "Green Ribbon School" by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the first time the school has received the honor, which is ...
Valley Breeze
Tue, 19 May 2015 21:41:15 -0700

PAWTUCKET - The 34th annual Arc of Blackstone Valley golf outing and live auction will be held on Monday, June 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pawtucket Country Club. The fees include lunch, golf, cocktails, and dinner, and the auction features ...

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Worcester Telegram
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:52:30 -0700

WORCESTER - Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School held graduation Thursday at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. The graduates are: Bellingham: John Ellsworth Beane V., Mikayla Jean Bibbo (NHS, NTHS), Sarah ...
Valley Breeze
Wed, 27 May 2015 22:26:15 -0700

Ricard predicted that this spring the same communities would see an astonishing number of caterpillars defoliating host plants, and with damage now fully visible, particularly on oak trees in the Blackstone Valley, few would deny he was right. "It's ...
Valley Breeze
Wed, 27 May 2015 22:28:50 -0700

But it was not an employee from CCS, a small, reputable Woonsocket-based company that's been doing business in the Blackstone Valley for the past 12 years. It was someone from a call center at competing business based out of state. You've been the ...

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