The City of Worcester – a five-time recipient of the All America City Award – is located in the heart of Massachusetts. As New England’s second largest city, with a population of 185,000, Worcester combines the historic charm of a small town with the conveniences and attractions of a thriving metropolis. Centrally located, Worcester is 45 minutes west of Boston and north of Providence, Rhode Island. Home to the newly renovated DCU Arena and Convention Center, Worcester also offers myriad of unique venues for meetings, conventions, and all types of events, along with a number of boutique and branded hotel properties. Worcester boasts 10 colleges and universities and 60-plus parks, as well as picturesque Lake Quinsigamond, host to competitive rowing championships, such as the Eastern Sprints and U.S. Rowing Masters. With more than 70 cultural venues, including world-class museums, concert halls, theatres, and delicious eateries, Worcester offers visitors plenty to do and see in this central location with convenient access to all of New England. An innovative city with a rich history, Worcester has emerged as a leader in education, health care, biotechnology and life sciences, and financial services, with more than 5,000 businesses located in the city.