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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.

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". Anderson Strategic Advisors, LLC. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Business Directory Search". Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

External links[edit]

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Boston Herald
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:52:30 -0800

Reed says the Blackstone Valley is a national treasure that is getting the recognition it deserves. The area is already home to a national heritage corridor that links communities along the Blackstone River from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence.

Rhode Island Public Radio

Worcester Telegram
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:14:10 -0800

Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, left, toasts a glass of champagne with, from left, Donna Williams, Dick Gregory, Michael Cassidy and Charlene Perkins Cutler in celebration of the Blackstone River Valley national park designation in Woonsocket, R.I., ...
Valley Breeze
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:41:15 -0800

WASHINGTON - A bill creating a national park in the Blackstone Valley is officially headed to President Barack Obama's desk for signature after being passed in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 12 by a vote of 89-11. Additional legislation will expand the John H.


Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:18:45 -0800

WORCESTER – The prospect of designating parts of the Blackstone Valley as a national historical park took an important legislative step forward this week. The valley, which spans from Worcester to Providence, R.I., is considered to be the birthplace of ...

The Providence Journal

Worcester Telegram
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -0800

"We are very excited," said Jeannie Hebert, president and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and member of the board of directors of Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Inc. She added that the national park designation will ...
GoLocal Worcester
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 23:30:00 -0800

“This action represents a significant step in our efforts to preserve the history and ecology of the Blackstone Valley. It's been a long time coming, and I commend Congressman (David) Cicilline and Senator (Jack) Reed for their leadership. I look ...
Millbury-Sutton Chronicle
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:30:00 -0800

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:03:45 -0800

Congress has approved plans for a new national park in the Blackstone River Valley, spanning from Worcester to Providence, Rhode Island. The U.S. Senate on Friday approved the plan for the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park as part of a ...

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