The Research Bureau

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

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2019 Annual Report (PDF)


Downtown Office Occupancy Report


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34th Annual Meeting Presentation


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Our Recent Reports

View our most recent reports below

Downtown Office Occupancy Report
Feb 27, 2020

Of all the factors that influence the business climate in Worcester’s Central Business District (C…

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Bureau Brief — Walkability
Jan 03, 2020

Walkability has numerous benefits, but how walkable an area is can be hard to quantify—while peopl…

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Breaking Down the Budget: Questions to Consider – City of Worcester & Worcester Public Schools FY2020
Oct 09, 2019

EACH YEAR on July 1, Massachusetts cities and towns must implement a new budget. The City of Worcest…

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