PENTA Receives Public-Private Partnership Award

WESTBOROUGH, MA _On Friday, January 25, the Westborough Economic Development Committee presented PENTA Communications, Inc. with the Public-Private Partnership Award, given annually to a company or organization that makes significant contributions to its economic development impact. Founder and CEO Deborah Penta accepted the award at the 2018 Year in Review and Fifth Annual Celebratory Event held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston – Westborough located at 5400 Computer Drive.

The event welcomed over 200 elected state, municipal, business, and community leaders to  hear the recently released Annual Report, highlighting contributions and economic growth over the past twelve months. During the breakfast event, the Westborough EDC recognized nine local businesses and organizations for their economic influences alongside PENTA.

“What you have been able to accomplish here [is] the perfect example of what we can bring to other communities and regions around the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “Thank you for caring so much about this community. To see the level of energy…and growth here in MetroWest is not only exciting, but it’s necessary. This becomes the place where new growth is happening. Strong communities make a strong Commonwealth.”

“PENTA Communications is a great example for what women-owned businesses in Massachusetts can accomplish,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Their dedication to the Westborough community makes them a worthy recipient of the EDC’s Public-Private Partnership Award.”

“I congratulate PENTA Communications for receiving the Westborough Economic Development Committee’s Public/Private Partnership Award,” said Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02). “I’m so grateful to Deborah and her whole team for all the wonderful work they do to make Westborough and the surrounding communities a better place to live and work. The community spirit and integrity they display puts them in a league of their own, and I am so glad they’re being recognized with this important award.”

Former recipients of the Public-Private Partnership Award include E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. and the Worcester Regional Transit Authority.

“We are pleased to honor PENTA Communications with the 2018 Public-Private Partnership Award,” said EDC Chairman Bonnie Sullivan. “PENTA has been a strong advocate for both the Town of Westborough and the entire region with Deborah’s active involvement and leadership in a broad range of community organizations.”

PENTA has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the Town of Westborough and its residents, opening doors for new waves of economic growth, enriching education for young leaders, and supporting community initiatives

“Over the years, both Deborah Penta and PENTA Communications have paid it forward through donations and contributions of their time, treasure and talent, completing contributions to organizations in the region, providing over $2.5 million to help enhance education, economic development, and quality of life,” said Joshua Lee Smith, Partner at Bowditch & Dewey. “She is a member of a number of boards and committees, including the former Chair [of the Westborough EDC], and she is a pre-eminent business leader in the community. She is compassionate and generous for those in need, and she conducts herself always with the utmost class and dignity.”

“Deborah Penta and PENTA Communications are very deserving of the Westborough Economic Development Committee’s 2019 Public-Private Partnership Award,” said Westborough Town Planner, Jim Robbins. “The Town of Westborough is very fortunate to have PENTA Communications. Deborah Penta has lent both her business talents and the resources of PENTA Communications to build the Town’s business community. Under Deborah’s guidance as past Chairman of the EDC, the Town has succeeded in its mission to create a commerce friendly atmosphere for Westborough’s dynamic business community. Deborah has led the way in making Westborough an attractive location to start and expand business opportunities. Whether it’s reaching out to local companies to identify and provide for their needs or honoring local businesses at the Annual Economic Development Awards Ceremony, her own creation, Deborah and PENTA Communications have established an environment attractive to businesses of all sizes and all philosophies. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with Deborah and PENTA Communications,” he continued.

“I’m very happy for Deborah Penta and PENTA Communications for receiving this much-deserved recognition,” State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) said. “PENTA Communications does great work every year in providing local students an opportunity to connect with a wide range of local businesses, which helps give them a fuller education experience and be better prepared for future employment.”

“This award rightly recognizes the numerous contributions that PENTA has made to the community of Westborough under the leadership and guidance of Deborah Penta. PENTA stands as an exemplary model of a business being embedded in the fabric of the community and using its own resources for the betterment of all,” said State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury)

“It is wonderful to see PENTA receiving the Public/Private Partnership Award this year at the WEDC’s Annual Breakfast,” said Representative Danielle Gregoire. “Whether it be their donations to local organizations or their events celebrating area students, entrepreneurs and veterans, PENTA continues to be an invaluable presence in our community.”

“My congratulations to PENTA Communications for being honored by the Economic Development Committee for its outstanding work in Westborough,” said Rep. Carolyn Dykema. “PENTA’s commitment to promoting partnership, development, and growth in the MetroWest region is a valuable asset to our community.”