History of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau
A collaborative effort between four Chambers of Commerce and such regional nonprofits as Framingham History Center and New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods, the MetroWest Tourism & Visitors Bureau (MWTVB) is the result of four years of conversation by a volunteer Creative Economy Inititive, which enjoyed the support and participation of a number of MetroWest legislators.
In 2010, the task force formed a Founding Board of Directors and incorporated as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit; the organization has 501(c)(3) status through its fiscal sponsor, the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce‘s Education Foundation.
Through legislation proposed by Senator Karen E. Spilka, the MWTVB was designated as the state’s 16th Regional Tourism Council (RTC), making it eligible for state funding through the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.
See the towns designated as “MetroWest” in the state legislation in the map below. In addition to these 19 municipalities, another 12 (surrounding the core of 19) are served by our organization.