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Urban Renewal: An Owner's Manual (September 8, 2014)

"Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me It's Worcester?!?" (July 17, 2014)

2014 Annual Meeting (June 5, 2014)

2014 Thomas S. Green Awards Ceremony (March 26, 2014)


Is Transportation an Economic Development Engine for Central Massachusetts? (December 4, 2013)


OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits): How Cities Can Keep Commitments to Public Employees Without Declaring Bankruptcy (November 6, 2013)

Manufacturing the Future in Central Mass (October 2, 2013)

2013 Annual Meeting (June 5, 2013)

Improving Worcester's Competitiveness for Attracting Development
(May 23, 2013)

Fiscal Fitness: What's the Regimen for FY14? ( March 12, 2013)

Worcester Public Schools: Successes and Challenges (January 30, 2013)


Daniel DiSalvo, Can Municipalities Afford Public Employee Contracts?
(October 23, 2012)

2012 Annual Meeting (May 30, 2012)

Download the speech and presentation made by Boston Federal President Eric Rosengren at the Research Bureau's 27th Annual Meeting on May 30, 2012.

Downtown Revitalization: What Works? (May 2, 2012)

Proposals for Recruiting and Retaining the Best Teachers (April 3, 2012)

Balancing the FY13 Budget: Has the crisis passed? (March 3, 2012)


Healthcare Reform: Is it healing Massachusetts and the nation?
(October 24, 2011)

26th Annual Meeting (May 31, 2011)

Superman or Supersystems?: Panel discussion on the 2011 documentary on public education reform "Waiting for Superman." (April 13, 2011)

Cutting State and Local Budgets: How sharp are the scissors? (March 3, 2011)


Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal, "How Immigrants Impact Cities" (Dec 7, 2010)

Sandra Stotsky, University of Arkansas, "Teacher Quality as a Civil Rights Issue" (Oct 27, 2010)

25th Annual Meeting (September 22, 2010)

Alan Ehrenhalt, Pew Center on the States, "Demographic Transformation of American Cities" (May 18, 2010)

Edward Glaeser, Harvard University, "Investing in Urban Resurgence: Transportation and Infrastructure" (April 28, 2010)

Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute, "Top Ideas for Revitalizing Cities"
(Feb 25, 2010)


Worcester's Business Climate: Hot or Cold? (Dec. 11, 2009)

Diagnosing Health Care Reform: What's the Right Prescription for You?
(Oct. 26, 2009)

24th Annual Meeting (June 3, 2009)

Closing the Achievement Gap in Public Education: The Last Civil Rights Issue (May 14, 2009)

Getting from Here to There: The Central Mass Transportation Network
(Apr. 27, 2009)

Municipal Budgets in Limbo: How Low Can They Go? (Mar. 11, 2009)


What's Up With Downtown Worcester?: Prospects For Revitalization
(Dec. 12, 2008)

The Housing Crisis in Massachusetts: Keeping the Roof from Caving In
(Nov. 13, 2008)

23rd Annual Meeting (Jun. 9, 2008)

Worcester's Next Superintendent of Schools: Addressing the Challenges
(Apr. 10, 2008)

Balancing the FY09 Budget: Rolling the dice with your tax dollars (Mar. 13, 2008)


Life Sciences in the Worcester Community: A Vision for the Future?
(Dec. 11, 2007)


School Autonomy: Can it improve student achievement? (Oct. 26, 2007)


The Impact of Globalization on Manufacturing in Central Massachusetts
(Apr. 25, 2007)


Making Sense of State and Local Tax Dollars in FY08 (Mar. 15, 2007)


300 Million Americans & Counting: Implications of Demographic Changes for Central Mass (Feb. 16, 2007)



State and Local Spending in FY07: Diagnosing Our Fiscal Health (Mar. 3, 2006)

Government Regulation & Housing Prices: What's the Connection? (Mar. 29, 2006)

The Education Gender Gap: Why are boys not making the grade? (May 19, 2006)

Commuter Rail: Is Worcester on the Right Track? (Nov. 2, 2006)

Measuring Up: The Cost of Doing Business in Massachusetts (Dec. 12, 2006)


Making Sense of Public Spending: Do We Owe Our Citizens Change? (Mar. 3, 2005)

Getting Around Central Massachusetts: A Transportation Update (Mar. 23, 2005)

The Next Chapter in Education Reform: A Community Campaign for Proficiency (May 5, 2005)

Worcester Regional Airport: The Region's Ticket to Takeoff? (Dec. 8, 2005)


Making Central Massachusetts More Competitive: A Report of the Governor's Regional Competitiveness Council (Feb. 2, 2004)

The State of the City's Finances: How will Worcester balance its budget in FY05? (Feb. 27, 2004)

Worcester as a Bedroom Community: Will it mean curtains for Economic Development? (April 23, 2004)

The New Urban High School: A Report Card (May 12, 2004)

Supporting Growth and Competitiveness: Opportunities for Central Massachusetts (Oct. 28, 2004)

Solving the Housing Crisis: A New Approach (Nov. 17, 2004)

Regional Economies and Urban Entrepreneurs in Massachusetts (Dec. 7, 2004)


Charter Schools: Their Future in Massachusetts (Feb. 26, 2004)

State of the City's Finances (Mar. 20, 2003)

Can We Solve the Housing Crisis in Massachusetts? (Apr. 22, 2003)

The Life Sciences Cluster: Opportunities and Challenges for Central Mass (Nov. 18, 2003)

Transforming Labor/Management Relations in Public Education (Dec. 1, 2003)


State of the City's Finances (Feb. 28, 2002)

Downtown Living: Worcester's Newest Neighborhood (Mar. 21, 2002)

Colleges & Workforce Development (Apr. 23, 2002)

Worcester Regional Airport: Will It Take Off? (Sept. 19, 2002)

English Language Immersion or Bilingual Education: A Debate on Ballot Question #2 (Oct. 29, 2002)

Main Street Worcester: Should it be our main street? (Dec. 11, 2002)


State of the City's Finances (Feb. 27, 2001)

The Status of Worcester's Transportation Projects (Mar. 28, 2001)

Community Preservation Act: What is it and should we adopt it? (May 17, 2001)

Promoting Regional Economic Development (Sept. 20, 2001)

Round Four: Understanding and Interpreting Results of Statewide Testing (MCAS) (Oct. 19, 2001)

Health Insurance – Costs and Benefits (Nov. 16, 2001)

Immigrants and America: Before and After September 11th – Tamar Jacoby, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (Dec. 10, 2001)

Transporting the Worcester Area into the 21st Century


Promoting Regional Economic Development

The Case for Expanding or Relocating Your Business in Worcester

Revitalizing Worcester's Neighborhoods: Distressed Properties

Revitalizing Worcester's Neighborhoods: Community Development Corporations

Revitalizing Worcester's Neighborhoods: The Business Associations

Revitalizing Worcester's Neighborhoods: The Neighborhood Associations

Round Four: Understanding and Interpreting Results of Statewide Testing (MCAS)

What do we expect of our high school graduates and what are we doing about it?

Round Three: Understanding and Interpreting Results of Statewide Testing (MCAS)

Worcester's Financial Outlook: FY01 and Beyond


Community Revitalization from the Grassroots Up, Robert Woodson, President of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

Information Technology: A New Industry Cluster for the Worcester Area?

Can the Worcester Area Become a Medical Capital?

Living in Downtown Worcester

New England's Other College Town

Round Two: Understanding and Interpreting Results of Statewide Testing

Worcester's Financial Outlook: FY00 and Beyond


The Wealth of Cities, Mayor John Norquist, Milwaukee

Selling Worcester

Redeveloping Union Station and its Environs

Brownfields: Reclaiming our Urban Land

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Destination Central Mass€€

Round One: Understanding and Interpreting Results of Statewide Testing

Education Reform: The Impact of Statewide Testing, Paul Cellucci, Governor of Massachusetts

Worcester's Financial Outlook: FY99 and Beyond


Ending the Dead End: Plans for North Main Street

Recapturing Community in our Nation's Cities, Alan Ehrenhalt, Executive Editor, Governing

Testing Ahead: An Orientation to the New State Testing System

Worcester's Financial Outlook: FY98 and Beyond


Convention Center Update

Community Policing: Is It Working?

Financing Urban Economic Development Projects

Worcester's Regional Transportation Network

Why School Reform Has Failed and What Parents Need to Do, Professor Laurence Steinberg, Temple University

Promoting Academic Excellence: Local and National Models

What's a Charter School and should Worcester have one?

Vocational Education: What is its future?


Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series I: The Future of Cities: Re-empowering Local Government

Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series II: The Future of Cities: Redefining Citizenship

Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series III: The Future of Cities: Regional Governance Without Regional Government

Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series IV: The Future of Cities: The Political Economy of Cities

What's Happening to Our Neighborhoods?


Visions of Worcester's Future

Filling Potholes, Building Stadiums and Purifying Water: New Perspectives on Public Works Operations

Total Quality Management: What is it and how is it applied to Municipalities?

Downtown Worcester: A Year and a Half After the Charette

Union Station and Washington Square: What is the Scope of the Project?

The Future of Worcester Airport

Why Should I Send a Child to the WPS?

Worcester Financial Future: Controlling Costs, Increasing Revenues


The New Worcester City Hospital

Visions of Main Street

The Future of Worcester Center Boulevard

The Education Reform Act of 1993

Fiscal Stress: Can Worcester Cope?


The Future of Health Care Delivery in Worcester

A Discussion of the Pros and Cons of the Proposed Charter

Grouping Students by Ability: Pros and Cons

The Other Crisis in American Education

Recycling in Worcester: some Proposals to Implement the Mandate


Common Sense: A Discussion of the Plans to Redesign Worcester Common

A Discussion of the Pros and Con of the Non-Binding Referendum Questions on the November Ballot

Attracting Downtown Development: What Does Worcester Have to Do?

Mass Pike/Route 146: The Worcester Connection

Worcester's Colleges: A Discussion of their Impact on the Community

Thinking About School Choice


The Future of Worcester Airport

Downtown Parking: Is the Demand Greater than the Supply?

Ability Grouping in the Schools: Boon or Bane for Public Education

The Educational Reform Movement: Where are we now?

Municipal Finance: How do we pay the Bills Now?

The CLT Petition: What it Means for Worcester


What is Worcester? Shaping Our Image for the 1990s

Getting In and Out of Worcester: Our Regional Transportation Network

State of State's Finances 1989

Property Revaluation: What Is It and How Will It Affect Worcester?


Is There Still a Housing Problem in Worcester?

The Pike and the Park: What are the Latest Plans?

Striving for Excellence: Enhancing Programs for the Academically Talented

The Proposed Zoning Ordinance: Notes and Recommendations


Parks and Open Spaces

Worcester's Master Plan: The Final Draft

The Place of Local Government in the American Constitutional System: A Bicentennial Celebration, Professor Murray Dry, Middlebury College

How the Charter Works

The Status of the Mass Pike/Route 146 Connector

The Future of Worcester Airport

Racial Balance and the Future of the WPS


Worcester's Master Plan: An Introduction

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