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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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Community Advocate
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:45:16 -0800

Region – State Representative David K. Muradian Jr., R-Grafton, invites all to participate in “Bundle up the Blackstone Valley,” a coat drive to benefit families and children in need within the Blackstone Valley. Muradian and volunteers will be ...

Woonsocket Call

Woonsocket Call
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:49:34 -0800

Veterans Day events throughout the Blackstone Valley, including Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Cumberland and Lincoln, begin this weekend before the holiday and continue through Wednesday. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson ...

Worcester Telegram

Worcester Telegram
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:48:45 -0800

Technical high schools often fly under the radar, but it's time to start thinking of state vocational champion Blackstone Valley Tech as a Division 3 contender. The Beavers, who are made up of mostly sophomores, are 17-3 and followed up an undefeated ...
Wicked Local
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:07:30 -0800

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Jingle and Mingle” event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Vaillancourt Folk Art, 9 Main St., Sutton. The event will cost $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers. The chamber partnered with the ...
Wicked Local
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:18:45 -0800

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce announced its 37th annual meeting dinner and awards ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Pleasant Valley Country Club, 95 Armsby Road, Sutton. The annual event will present the year in ...
Worcester Telegram
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 07:56:15 -0800

Customers will also be able to “Meet the Makers,” and local Makers, including Worcester-based Makergroup Technocopia and Neuron Robotics Cooperative, will visit Barnes & Noble at the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley that weekend. Product demonstrations ...
Worcester Telegram
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:11:15 -0800

•The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Holiday Jingle & Mingle from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Vaillancourt Folk Art, 9 Main St., 1H, Sutton.The chamber is partnering with the Worcester County Sheriff's Office Coats for Kids and Blackstone ...
The Boston Globe
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:03:44 -0800

Emily Iacovelli, Blackstone Valley, 11, 8, 19. Molly Jennings, Assabet, 15, 1, 16. Taryne Swan, Monty Tech, 2, 14, 16. Brianah Parker, Blackstone Valley, 10, 4, 14. Emilie Avril, Worcester Tech, 11, 3, 14. Sydney Messenger, North Brookfield, 11, 1, 12 ...

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