Craig L. Blais

Craig L. Blais
President & CEO
As the current President & CEO of the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC), Craig Blais, brings a wealth of expertise to this position, and shares the same integrity found in the WBDC staff. As President, Craig is responsible for overseeing a $10 million non-profit corporation. Craig also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the WBDC, and oversees all of the economic development projects as well as managing the day to day operations of the corporation.

Mr. Blais’ career began in 1986 at the State House, as Chief of Staff for the House of Representatives. Craig reported to the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Services & Elderly Affairs. Craig also served as District Staff Coordinator in charge of constituent services.

In 1992, Craig became the Assistant Town Manager in Arlington where his responsibilities included the preparation of a $60 million operating and capital municipal budget. He also oversaw the management of a 23 town solid waste disposal operation, implemented a total quality management program, and served as the town’s representative on the MBTA and MWRA Advisory Boards.

Mr. Blais’ sense of civic duty led him to run and be elected to three consecutive terms as a member of the Auburn Board of Selectmen, serving as the Chair from 1994 to 1996. During his time on the Board, he advocated and won the approval of a $50 million regional mall expansion, the acquisition of over 100 acres of open space, the development of a 20 acre industrial park, and implemented an innovative fire service staffing program with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Craig also served in various economic development positions with the City of Worcester. Craig served as the Deputy Development Officer became the Acting Chief Development Officer, becoming the Director of Economic Development. In all of these roles for the City, Mr. Blais oversaw a $1 billion economic development agenda that included the construction of a $250 million healthcare facility, a new convention center construction project, and various major infrastructure enhancement projects throughout the City.

Craig Blais continues to lend his expertise to many communities while maintaining a full professional calendar. His commitment to economic development for greater Worcester, and his expertise, makes him a valuable asset to the WBDC.

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