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Law Gives Augustus Authority to Appoint Worcester Redevelopment Leader

Thursday, June 25, 2015

 

On Wednesday, Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announced that Governor Charlie Baker has signed a law that will transfer authority from the Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA) Board to City Manager Ed Augustus to appoint the next WRA chair.

The bill, which had been filed earlier this year, also requires annual confirmation of the appointment by the City Council.

"The WRA is a key tool in the city of Worcester’s economic development toolbox,” said City Manager Edward Augustus. “This legislation will ensure the WRA and the city are able to work with shared purpose on key development projects that will continue to move Worcester forward.”

In April, the state legislation received a favorable report from the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government which is co-chaired by Representative Jim O’Day (D-West Boylston).  Each of the seven legislators who represent the City of Worcester in the House and Senate have co-sponsored the legislation.

“This is a home rule petition that the Worcester Delegation filed to ensure that the Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s priorities align with those of the Worcester City Manager” said Senator Chandler.  “This legislation consequently allows the Worcester Redevelopment Authority and the City Manager to work towards a shared vision for the City.”

“I want to thank Senator Moore and Senator Chandler for their leadership on this issue” said Worcester Mayor Joe Petty.  “As our city’s landscape becomes more vibrant and dynamic the WRA will be an important partner in our future success.”

 

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