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NEW: Hanover Insurance Joins Lincoln St. Area Business Assoc.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

 

The Lincoln Street Area Business Association welcomed their newest member today: The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

"We are proud and honored to welcome The Hanover as a member or our organization," said an enthusiastic James Magay, co-chair of LSABA and co-owner of Magay & Barron Eye Center. "Thanks in large part to The Hanover's long-established presence in our neighborhood, the Lincoln Street Area has a healthy future as a strong and vibrant community.

Hanover, for their part, were equally optimistic about the partnership. "Our companies and our employees have a strong tradition of connecting with non-profit agencies and organizations such as LSABA and others," states Jennifer Luisa, assistant vice president, corporate relations for The Hanover. "Our shared goal is to continually improve the communities where we live, work and raise our families."

LSABA was formed in 2011 with the mission of continuing to create and publicize a dynamic economy and community in Worcester' Lincoln Street area. The LSABA's three-year vision, announced in 2013, imagines a Lincoln Street that is walkable, secure, affordable, inhabited by creative new businesses and residents.

For more information on The Hanover Insurance Group or The Lincoln Street Area Business Association, click on the hyperlinks in this paragraph to visit their respective websites.  

 

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