Rep. Walsh to Receive Inaugural Spilka Award from MetroWest Visitors Bureau

FRAMINGHAM – The presentation of the first-ever Karen E. Spilka Award will highlight the MetroWest Visitors Bureau’s annual regional celebration breakfast on January 19 in Westborough, to be attended by 200 leaders from throughout the region.

The Spilka Award will be presented to State Representative Chris Walsh, a long time champion of arts-related endeavors and the creative economy.


The award honors a citizen or organization that has made a profound economic impact on MetroWest communities by supporting and expanding opportunities for the industries and entities served by the MetroWest Visitors Bureau (MWVB).

In naming Walsh as the first Spilka Award recipient, Bureau Board Chair Steve Levinsky cited “his tireless efforts to create opportunity in the sectors served by the Visitors Bureau—cultural, recreational, retail, culinary, lodging, education, transportation, and services.”

“He truly embodies the spirit of the MetroWest,” Levinsky said. “Our board of directors unanimously felt he was the most fitting recipient in the inaugural year of this award.”

Event attendees range from public sector representatives, including town managers and legislators, to leaders of arts and other community-based nonprofits, small and large businesses, educational institutions, and directors of other regional services.


The annual regional breakfast will also coincide with the sixth anniversary of the launch of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, a nonprofit organization devoted to stimulating MetroWest’s economy by marketing the region’s assets to visitors and residents.

Additional speakers include State Senator Karen E. Spilka, chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, and Brandale Randolph, founder and owner of the 1854 Cycling Company, a social enterprise based in Framingham.

The breakfast will include an unveiling of the MetroWest regional branding initiative. In a lively activity, guests will provide input on the proposed region brand messaging and the many possible ways to communicate the messaging to audiences inside and outside the region.

Needham Bank serves as the event sponsor.

The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m.  at the Double Tree by Hilton Boston-Westborough, 5400 Computer Drive.

The cost to attend is $20 for MetroWest Visitors Bureau members and $25 for nonmembers. To register, send an email to


 As the only regional organization with the mission of stimulating the MetroWest economy, MWVB has served many hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies, and municipalities since its launch six years ago. This independent nonprofit organization markets the region’s cultural and recreational venues, retailers, restaurants, accommodations, and educational and other services to visitors and residents alike. These marketing efforts also serve to brand
the region, build collaborations across sectors and towns, support jobs-producing enterprises, and make residents and employees proud of where they live and work. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts matches each dollar raised by the Visitors Bureau, which doubles the impact of every revenue source. The MetroWest Visitors Bureau is governed by a board of directors, whose 16 members represent a wide variety of MetroWest geographies, industries, and skillsets.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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