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The Research Bureau

Read our latest brief “Tax Increment Financing

View our latest forum, “Valedictory: Achieving Excellence in the Worcester Public Schools” Monday, January 23, 2017

Promoting Informed Debate and Decision-Making through Public Policy Research

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent, non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making. For thirty years, The Research Bureau has worked to protect the public interest in Greater Worcester by identifying issues, investigating impacts, and educating the public and government officials of opportunities and best practices.

A nation may establish a system of free government, but without the spirit of municipal institutions it cannot have the spirit of liberty.”
Alexis deTocqueville, Democracy in America

The Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards honor municipal employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service.
Click here to submit nomination.


The Research Bureau is searching for a new Research Associate.

Click here to view description of this position and application information (PDF).


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Our Recent Reports

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Bureau Brief — Tax Increment Financing
Jan 31, 2017

In Massachusetts, municipalities have limited tools to entice businesses to locate and expand in a w…

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Tax Classification: Passing the Buck$
Nov 15, 2016

Since 1984, the City of Worcester has set residents against businesses in an annual duel over proper…

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Parking in Worcester: Left by the Curb
Jun 30, 2016

With over 5,000 public parking spaces in Downtown Worcester, parking – and its location, condition,…

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