Money Magazine rates Shrewsbury as one of the best places to live in America and The Journal of New England Technology ranks Shrewsbury as second best in the 10 Best and Worst Mass. Towns and Cities for High-Tech Companies. In 2011, Shrewsbury was awarded mid-level gold status as a "BioReady" community by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Diversifying the tax base by welcoming businesses, maintaining municipal services, and preserving an excellent school system are the town's top priorities. The Town of Shrewsbury is committed to providing the highest level of services while remaining an affordable place to live.
Shrewsbury is a proud New England town, incorporated in 1727. It began as home to several farms and as a suburb to Worcester. In the 1780s, Shrewsbury entered the leather industry. Gunsmithing, watch factories, and sawmills followed into the 1800s. With the invention of the street car and development of routes, Shrewsbury became a summer resort spot along Lake Quinsigamond. Shrewsbury continues to provide recreation, restaurants, and a myriad of businesses to the city of Worcester and neighboring towns.
Shrewsbury is governed by traditional New England town government with a representative town meeting, a five member Board of Selectmen, and an appointed Town Manager. It is proud to be served by its own police and fire departments and has its own senior center, public library, and recreational parks. Shrewsbury has a history of commitment to infrastructure and has a newly built high school, middle school, and fire stations.
Shrewsbury is also proud of its award winning public school system. U.S. News and World report ranked Shrewsbury High School with a Silver Medal in its Best High Schools report in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Historically, Massachusetts has been at the forefront of achievement. Today, it is a leader in technology and biotechnology. Companies continue to come to Massachusetts in pursuit of unparalleled intellectual and business resources. The biotechnical industry was born here in the Bay State in 1979 and has since grown to well over 300 companies.
Being minutes away from Worcester, an intellectual capital of North America with more students per capita than any other major city, Shrewsbury has and will continue to be a part of this exciting industry. A center of state-of-the-art health care and medical research services, UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central New England with 1,700 physicians and over 10,000 employees in their network of care. Worcester Medical Center is a $215 million complex that blends 24 acres of advanced medical technology with Worcester's downtown landscape. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the country, attracting more than $92 million in research funding annually.
Today, Massachusetts boasts an unmatched mix of world-class universities, hospitals, and internationally acclaimed medical schools. Massachusetts is justifiably renowned for its health care and medical research facilities. Shrewsbury has been home to a campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and to its administrative offices.
As far as recruiting a workforce, Massachusetts has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the United States. Unmatched intellectual capital is within easy reach. Over 300 Nobel Prize winners have been educated in Massachusetts. Shrewsbury is within minutes of over 10 colleges and universities including Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Clark University, Holy Cross, and University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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