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QCC to Host Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Monday, January 13, 2014

 

Quinsigamond Community College will hold its 29th Annual Community Breakfast on Monday, January 20, to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Quinsigamond Community College is delighted to host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast as it celebrates its 29th year,” said QCC President Gail E. Carberry. “We are honored to have Dr. Johnson on campus as the featured speaker.”

The event, held at the Worcester Campus of Quinsigamond Community College, will feature a keynote address delivered by Dr. Robert E. Johnson, President of Worcester's Becker College.

Johnson has delivered speeches and workshops on numerous topics including: Global Citizenship; Diversity; and Volunteerism. In addition, he has published blogs in the Huffington Post on many subjects. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Johnson holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Trident University International, a master’s degree in education administration from University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Morehouse College.

Tickets still available

The event will be held at the Quinsigamond Community College Athletic Center, Worcester. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. A limited number of tickets are still available; however, they must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door on the day of the event.

Tickets are $25 each ($250 for a table of ten) and may be purchased by contacting Susan Laprade, President’s Office at QCC: 508.854.4368 or slaprade@qcc.mass.edu.

 

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. 

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Keep Forward Momentum

Paul Giorgio, publisher of Pagio, Inc. and a GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™:

“Priority One: Keep up the momentum.

Two: Work with the mayor on creating a task force for the north end of Main Street.

Three: Insure that we keep our school renovation plan on track.”

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Economic Development

Councilor Anthony Economou:

“Economic development is huge. We have a lot going on, and we have to keep the momentum up,” Economou said. “Make sure we don't miss a beat. You don't want to lose a period of nine months and not have forward progress.”

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Financial Management

Roberta Schaefer, 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.

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Business Climate

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).”

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Budget Concerns

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.

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Capital Improvements

Councilor Frederick Rushton:

Rushton said the number one challenge Augustus will face is following through toward new buildings and/or renovations to area high schools in need of capital improvements.

"Second," he said, “is completing CitySquare.”

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Public Safety

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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Neighborhood Development

Councilor George Russell:

“It's not necessarily 'A, B, and C,' it's more what you want to see overall,” Russell said. “For me, it's more neighborhood orientation.”

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Collective Bargaining

Councilor Anthony Economou:

Economou also cited the upcoming task of collective bargaining with union city workers. “One of the challenges will be the contracts,” Economou said. “I imagine it's on his radar, to get those discussions going.”

 
 

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