Welcome to the intellectual capital of Worcester. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. Founded in 1985, The Research Bureau serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making.
In honor of our anniversary, we celebrate the critical role of the colleges and universities in the region. Every day, innovative thinking and groundbreaking research occurs on the twelve campuses of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts. Concepts are developed that have wide-ranging impacts nationally and across the globe. Importantly, our higher education institutions also generate new ideas, new economic opportunities, and new talent that serve the region’s growth.
As part of our year-long 30th anniversary celebration, we offer the residents of Greater Worcester a glimpse of the topics in discussion on our college and university campuses. While The Research Bureau’s traditional focus is public policy, an informed electorate must also care about our context in the broader world. We introduce our supporters to the important connection between Worcester’s educational institutions and topics of national and international concern.
Each month of 2015, we will partner with one local educational institution to host an evening lecture by members of the faculty. While the topics are broad – from economics to education to technology to pharmacology to race to robots and everything in between – the Fairman Cowan Collegiate Lecture Series will challenge our residents to think and to understand how Worcester contributes to human understanding of the broader world.