Worcester Research Bureau Annual Meeting To Be Held June 5
Monday, April 07, 2014
As the Worcester City Council begins to look for a new city manager, The Research Bureau has put together a panel of experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities the new City Manager may face, as well as what qualities they will need to be effective at the job.
Instead of one keynote speaker, the Research Bureau has turned to a panel of current and former City Managers including Jay Ash of Chelsea and Bernie Lynch and Mike O’Brien formerly of Lowell and Worcester respectively.
The event is sure to be of both local and statewide interest as the panelists represent some of the most prominent voices in the City Manager position in Massachusetts over the past decade.
Official invitations will be sent out in early May. To join the list of sponsors for the event contact Timothy J. McGourthy, the Executive Director of The Research Bureau, at [email protected] or (508) 799-7169.
Related Slideshow: 9 Challenges Facing Worcester’s New City Manager
Now the Edward Augustus is serving as City Manager for Worcester, GoLocal reached out to the city's leaders to find out what they believe are the biggest challenges Augustus will face in his new role.
Roberta Schaefer, former president of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau:
Schaefer said continuing the sound financial management of former City Manager Michael O'Brien was the greatest task for Augustus. But in addition to financial questions, she called for Augustus to “follow the lead of Michael O'Brien, to make sure he represents all the interests of the city, as the CEO of the city.
Tim Murray, president and chief executive officer of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce:
In addition to budgeting and economic development, Murray pointed to fostering the business climate in the city. “Try to make Worcester as business-friendly a place as possible,” he said. Whether through permitting, customer service, or other incentive, “whatever we can do to make the city a supportive (place for business).”
Christopher Pinto, member of the Worcester Republican City Committee:
“Can he really do pension reform? Can he spare the taxpayers from more abusive taxes?” asked Pinto, who wonders what Augustus will do about the Responsible Employer Ordinance and how the new city manager will make appointments to boards and commissions.
Councilor Sarai Rivera:
Rivera points to economic development, neighborhood development, and continuing to support public safety and public service, as well as “working with private and labor to support the (Responsible Employer Ordinance) and look into an apprentice program.”
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