Events and Forums Open to the Public
Thomas Jefferson believed that an educated citizenry was the key to a successful democracy. The Research Bureau supports this philosophy through the Francis A. Harrington Forums and related events that allows experts to share and discuss insights directly with the public. Our forums cover such topics as Economic Development, Municipal Finance, Public Education, Municipal Services & Operations, Transportation, Civic Engagement, and more.
In addition to our educational forums, The Research Bureau hosts the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards each year since 1988 to honor the unsung heroes of municipal governments. Additionally, The Research Bureau has hosted a series of municipal candidate debates for contested elections in Worcester, providing the opportunity for voters to hear directly from the candidates for local office.
All Research Bureau forums are free and open to all.
|WRRB Spring Board Meeting, April 9, 2021, Featuring Dr. Mattie Castiel|
Watch Featured Speaker, Dr. Mattie Castiel’s presentation, at our Spring Board Meeting on April 9, 2021.
|April 9, 2021||events forum||demographics education housing public-health|
|Learning from the Pandemic – Lessons from State & National Perspectives|
Monday, March 22, 2021, 10:00AM – 11:00AM. As the COVID-19 pandemic endures and students continue remote learning, this panel is convened to shed light on educational excellence through remote learning, hybrid, and in-person learning.
|March 8, 2021||events forum||education|
|35th Annual Meeting – November 18, 2020|
Watch the Recording of Our 35th Annual Meeting on November 18, 2020.
|November 19, 2020||annual-meeting events||annual-meetings|
|2020 Thomas S. Green Public Service Award Recipients Announced|
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards.
|October 16, 2020||events thomas-s-green-awards||thomas-s-green-awards|
|Worcester Almanac: Discussing Data|
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau released the sixth edition of the Worcester Almanac: 2020. This compendium of information on all things Greater Worcester serves as a resource to municipalities, businesses, nonprofits, and community members alike.
|September 22, 2020||events forum||economic-development|
|Broadening Broadband: Worcester’s Internet Challenges|
August 13, 2020 / 4:00 – 5:00PM. The Worcester Regional Research Bureau released Broadening Broadband: Considering Municipal Ownership as a Solution to Worcester’s Internet Challenges earlier in July.
|August 3, 2020||events forum||demographics economic-development infrastructure internet technology|
|Student Opportunity Act: Provisions, Purposes, and Potential|
Session 1 / February 12, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
|January 31, 2020||education events||collaboration finance|
|City of Worcester – 2019 Public Candidate Debates|
All debates are free and open to the public.
|October 28, 2019||debates events|
|34th Annual Meeting|
Featured speaker: Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health.
|October 15, 2019||annual-meeting events|
|Worcester Mayoral debate at Mechanics Hall|
Watch: Worcester Mayoral debate at Mechanics Hall.
|October 4, 2019||debates events|
|Buck Bus 2019|
Niche Hospitality Group, Worcester Regional Transit Authority, and The Research Bureau have all partnered to bring the Worcester based trivia show to you this year. Join host Tom Matthews as he hops on a bus and meets riders from all over the city partaking in the only game show hosted on a WRTA bus.
|September 17, 2019||events other-events||collaboration transportation|
|WRRB Board of Directors Meeting|
Serving 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.
|June 4, 2019||events|
|2019 The Research Bureau Board Of Directors Meeting|
Board of Directors Meeting – Tim McGourthy’s Retrospective & Doug Brown’s Keynote Address
|March 27, 2019||events|
|2019 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award|
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards.
|March 20, 2019||events thomas-s-green-awards||thomas-s-green-awards|
|Smart Cities: Building a Nexus Between Technology and Urban Infrastructure|
As technology advances ever further into our lives, the amount of data available for both private and public use is staggering. Metadata from smartphones, credit cards, sensors, and infrastructure can be used to assess conditions and offer solutions to public challenges and goals.
|February 19, 2019||events forum||collaboration infrastructure technology|
|33rd Annual Meeting|
Featured speaker: Dr. Kerry Healey – President, Babson College
|December 14, 2018||annual-meeting events|
|City on the Move: Building on Worcester’s Transportation System|
In September 2018, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau released City on the Move: An Overview and Assessment of Worcester’s Transportation Needs.
|October 30, 2018||events forum||regional transportation|
|Defining our Path: A Strategic Plan for Education in Worcester|
It is with great pleasure that we share Defining Our Path: A Strategic Plan for Education in Worcester. Worcester Public Schools (WPS) is well-known for many of its successful practices, which foster real-world skills and student achievement.
|May 7, 2018||events forum||collaboration education|
|The Master Plan: Crafting a Shared Vision for the Future of Worcester|
In 2017, the City of Worcester announced plans to undertake a city-wide master plan, the first in three decades.
|April 9, 2018||events forum||economic-development|
|March Municipal Madness|
View the Municipal March Madness Winning Bracket
|April 3, 2018||events|
|2018 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award|
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards.
|March 30, 2018||events thomas-s-green-awards||thomas-s-green-awards|
The Research Bureau—Minimum Wage Panel
|March 2, 2018||events forum||finance|
|Worcester City Council At-Large debate at Mechanics Hall|
Watch: Worcester City Council At-Large debate at Mechanics Hall.
|October 30, 2017||debates events|
|Worcester Mayoral Debate|
Watch: Worcester Mayoral Debate at Mechanics Hall: Joseph M. Petty and Konstantina B. Lukes.
|October 23, 2017||debates events|
|District Councilor Debate/Mechanics Hall|
Watch: District Councilor Debate/Mechanics Hall.
|October 19, 2017||debates events|
|32nd Annual Meeting|
Featured Speaker, James A. Peyser, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
|October 13, 2017||events||annual-meetings|
Posted by Worcester Telegram & Gazette on Monday, October 2, 2017
|October 2, 2017||debates events|
|City Of Worcester Municipal Elections 2017 Candidate Debates|
Please join us for a series of debates for contested seats in the 2017 City of Worcester municipal elections. October 2nd—School Committee Candidates October 19th—District Council Candidates October 23rd—Mayoral Candidates October 30th—At-Large Council Candidates Click here for full …
|September 8, 2017||debates events|
|Growth by Design II: Designing the Future of Worcester|
Growth by Design II: Designing the Future of Worcester brings together a panel of local experts to talk about Worcester’s experience and the opportunities inherent in an intentional urban design program.
|September 8, 2017||events forum||economic-development|
|“The State of the City” by City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.|
An overview of the City’s current projects, future initiatives, and overall fiscal and organizational health.
|April 19, 2017||events other-events||state-of-the-city|
|Growth by Design: The Interplay Between Urban Development & Urban Design|
Beginning with a primer on urban design by one of New England’s leading urban designers, a panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities for local governments in promoting and regulating urban design.
|April 14, 2017||events forum||economic-development|
|Local Budgeting: Prepping for FY2018|
A conversation with local of-ficials and experts to understand the goals and challenges of the new fiscal year.
|April 5, 2017||events forum||finance|
|2017 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award|
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau today announced the 2017 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award
|March 29, 2017||events thomas-s-green-awards||thomas-s-green-awards|
|Valedictory: Achieving Excellence in the Worcester Public Schools (January 23, 2017)|
Alumni will talk about the challenges and opportunities of the public educational system and the path to academic success.
|January 10, 2017||events forum||education|
|31st Annual Meeting|
The 31st Annual Meeting of The Research Bureau “All Politics is Local” October 6th 2016
|October 17, 2016||annual-meeting events|
|The Academy & the Polis: Embracing Civic Engagement in Higher Education (September 23, 2016)|
September 23, 2016—7:30am
|August 29, 2016||events forum||civic-engagement collaboration|
|Housing Opportunities in the Gateway Cities (May 4, 2016)|
May 4, 2016
|March 30, 2016||events forum||collaboration housing|
|2016 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award|
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau today announced the 2016 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award.
|March 21, 2016||events thomas-s-green-awards||thomas-s-green-awards|
|The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) & Chapter 70 Reform: Implications for Massachusetts Education (April 6, 2016)|
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 — 7:45AM
|March 10, 2016||events forum||education finance|
|What’s On Tap? Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in Worcester and Beyond (March 1, 2016)|
March 1, 2016 – 7:45 a.m.
|February 18, 2016||events forum||public-works-parks|
|The Urgency of Excellence: Considerations for the Next Superintendent of Schools in Worcester, Massachusetts (January 13, 2016)|
Wednesday, January 13, 2016—7:45AM
|January 5, 2016||events forum||education|
|Global Migrations and the Worcester Community (December 9, 2015)|
A discussion by WSU Professor Madeline Otis Campbell, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, together with Dr. Dana Janbek, Associate Professor of Public Relations at Lasell College, of the relevancy of global migrations like those occurring in the Middle East to urban centers like Worcester.
|November 9, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|Leading Worcester: Cultivating Talent in Business & the Community (November 5, 2015)|
Thursday, November 5, 2015
|October 10, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|The Global Ergonomics of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: Combating Fear Through Innovation (November 2, 2015)|
a discussion by Dr. Pamela McCauley, Professor and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department at the University of Central Florida, regarding opportunities to improve the international response to Ebola and other infectious disease through innovative human-centricbased research methodologies.
|October 9, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|The International Baccalaureate Program: A Plan for Educating Worcester’s High Achieving Students (October 16, 2015)|
Friday, October 16, 2015
|September 25, 2015||events forum||education|
|Advances and Challenges in Eradicating Pediatric HIV Infection (October 15, 2015)|
A discussion by Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga on advancements in efforts to eradicate HIV infection among infants and children.
|September 24, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|30th Annual Meeting|
Featured Speaker: Jonathan Kraft
|September 3, 2015||annual-meeting events|
|From Salamanders to Stem Cells: Key Role for Veterinary and Medical Doctors in Advancing Regenerative Medicine (September 16, 2015)|
A discussion by Andrew Hoffman, Director of the Tufts Regenerative Medicine Lab, of the origins of regenerative medicine and regenerative biology and the role of veterinary medicine in improving the human condition.
|August 28, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|City Of Worcester Municipal Elections 2015 Candidate Debates|
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a series of debates for contested seats in City of Worcester municipal elections.
|August 11, 2015||debates events|
|Public Policy & Race Relations (August 27, 2015)|
QCC faculty look at how public policy and race relations intertwine.
|July 13, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grade Standardized Test? (July 24, 2015)|
No more pencils, no more books … just a few of Worcester’s leadership proving that their knowledge is beyond elementary! Join us for a friendly competition between Worcester City Councilors and School Committee members as they show they’re smarter, or at least as smart, as any 5th Grader.
|July 13, 2015||events other-events|
|Millennial Workforce Readiness (July 8, 2015)|
The Research Bureau is pleased to join host Nichols College for the seventh Fairman Cowan Collegiate Lecture and a discussion by President Susan West Engelkemeyer and Director of Career Services Liz Horgan of the skills necessary for today’s graduating Millennials to thrive in a diverse, modern economy.
|June 4, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|MCPHS University—Laura Chadwick—Pharmacogenomics & Bioinformatics (June 24, 2015)|
Laura Chadwick discusses the science, research and clinical application of the pioneering field of pharmacogenomics, with a focus on how biomedical informatics principles are utilized for effective and efficient data management.
|May 17, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|Acting Locally: Central Massachusetts Businesses & Local Responsibility (June 17, 2015)|
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|May 16, 2015||events forum||industry|
|Thinking Globally: National/Multinational Corporations & Central Massachusetts (June 9, 2015)|
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
|May 15, 2015||events forum||industry|
|Assessing Technology: What’s New, What’s Not. (May 7, 2015)|
Professor Klinghard and students from his course “Building the American Republic on Science and Technology” discuss the role of technology in politics and the lessons for other arenas in modern life.
|April 18, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|Research That Impacts Our Community (April 22, 2015)|
Clark University faculty discuss three key areas where academic research informs local understanding: Professor Thomas DelPrete on education, Professor Laurie Ross on youth programs, and Professor John Rogan on the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
|April 17, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|The Role of the Media in Civic Life (April 7, 2015)|
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
|March 27, 2015||events forum||civic-engagement|
|2015 Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards (March 25, 2015)|
The Research Bureau celebrates the 2015 Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards.
|March 26, 2015||events thomas-s-green-awards||thomas-s-green-awards|
|The Serious Side of Video Games (March 19, 2015)|
The Research Bureau is pleased to join host Becker College for the third Fairman Cowan Collegiate Lecture as Dr. Paul Cotnoir leads a panel of game design faculty and industry leaders to discuss the business of video gaming.
|February 25, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|The Far-Reaching Effects of Domestic Violence: From the Home to Local and Regional Communities (February 24, 2015)|
Anna Maria faculty Dr. Allen Brown, Dr. Dianne White, and Professor Michael Donnelly discuss The Far-Reaching Effects of Domestic Violence: From the Home to Local and Regional Communities, highlighting national, regional, and local concerns regarding domestic violence and recent efforts to help victims in the Commonwealth and beyond.
|February 3, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|Explore the Intellectual Capital of Worcester! (February 17, 2015)|
Thomas White, Associate Professor of Economics at Assumption College, reviews the Worcester Economic Index and the Greater Worcester economy. Join us at Assumption College’s La Maison Française and find out what’s happening on the campuses of the region’s great institutions of higher learning.
|January 7, 2015||events fairman-cowan|
|Digging into the Common Core: Education Standards and Testing in Massachusetts (December 8, 2014)|
Monday, December 8, 2014
|October 10, 2014||events forum||education|
|Funding Public Education – Part II: Balancing the Needs of Schools and the Needs of the City (December 3, 2014)|
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
|October 9, 2014||events forum||education|
|Public Health in the News: Central Massachusetts and the Ebola Crisis (November 20, 2014)|
Thursday, November 20, 2014
|October 9, 2014||events forum||health|
|Off Campus: Institutional Neighbors in the Worcester Community (November 19, 2014)|
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|October 8, 2014||events forum||education|
|Funding Public Education – Part I: Chapter 70 and Local Education Funding (November 12, 2014)|
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
|October 7, 2014||events forum||education finance|
|Degrees of Separation: Retaining College Graduates in Greater Worcester (October 30, 2014)|
Thursday, October 30, 2014
|October 6, 2014||events forum||education workforce-development|
|Urban Renewal: An Owner’s Manual (September 8, 2014)|
Monday, September 8, 2014
|August 8, 2014||events forum||economic-development|
|“Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me It’s Worcester?!?” (July 17, 2014)|
Come test your knowledge of Worcester – both the mundane and the magnificent – at this hilarious spoof of a well-loved radio quiz show.
|July 17, 2014||events other-events|
|29th Annual Meeting|
29th Annual Meeting of The Research Bureau, June 5, 2014
|June 5, 2014||annual-meeting events|
|2014 Thomas S. Green Awards Ceremony (March 26, 2014)|
|March 26, 2014||events||thomas-s-green-awards|
|Is Transportation an Economic Development Engine for Central Massachusetts? (December 4, 2013)|
December 4, 2013
|December 4, 2013||events forum||economic-development transportation|
|OPEB: How Cities Can Keep Commitments to Public Employees Without Declaring Bankruptcy (November 6, 2013)|
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
|November 6, 2013||events forum||finance municipal-operations|
|Manufacturing the Future in Central Mass (October 2, 2013)|
October 2, 2013
|October 2, 2013||events forum||industry|
|28th Annual Meeting|
28th Annual Meeting, June 5, 2013
|June 5, 2013||annual-meeting events|
|Improving Worcester’s Competitiveness for Attracting Development (May 23, 2013)|
May 23, 2013
|May 23, 2013||events forum||workforce-development|
|Fiscal Fitness: What’s the Regimen for FY14? (March 12, 2013)|
March 12, 2013
|March 12, 2013||events forum||finance|
|Worcester Public Schools: Successes and Challenges (January 30, 2013)|
Presented by Roberta Schaefer, Ph.D.
|January 30, 2013||events forum||education|
|Daniel DiSalvo, Can Municipalities Afford Public Employee Contracts? (October 23, 2012)|
October 23, 2012
|October 23, 2012||events forum||finance municipal-operations|
|27th Annual Meeting|
Featured Speaker: Boston Federal President, Eric Rosengren
|May 30, 2012||annual-meeting events|
|Downtown Revitalization: What Works? (May 2, 2012)|
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
|May 2, 2012||events forum||downtown economic-development|
|Proposals for Recruiting and Retaining the Best Teachers (April 3, 2012)|
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
|April 3, 2012||events forum||education|
|Balancing the FY13 Budget: Has the crisis passed? (March 3, 2012)|
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
|March 3, 2012||events forum||finance|
|Healthcare Reform: Is it healing Massachusetts and the nation? (October 24, 2011)|
Monday, October 24, 2011
|October 24, 2011||events forum||finance health|
|Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City (September 22, 2011)|
Thursday, September 22, 2011
|September 22, 2011||events other-events|
|26th Annual Meeting|
“All Aboard. Taking Off.”
|May 26, 2011||annual-meeting events|
|Public Employee Pensions: Is the Current System Sustainable? (May 11, 2011)|
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
|May 11, 2011||events forum||municipal-operations|
|Superman or Supersystems?: Panel discussion on the 2011 documentary on public education reform “Waiting for Superman.” (April 13, 2011)|
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
|April 13, 2011||events forum||education|
|Cutting State and Local Budgets: How sharp are the scissors? (March 3, 2011)|
Thursday, March 3, 2011
|March 3, 2011||events||finance|
|Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal, “How Immigrants Impact Cities” (Dec 7, 2010)|
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|December 7, 2010||events forum||demographics economic-development|
|Sandra Stotsky, University of Arkansas, “Teacher Quality as a Civil Rights Issue” (Oct 27, 2010)|
October 27, 2010
|October 27, 2010||events||education|
|25th Annual Meeting|
“25 in 2010”
|September 22, 2010||annual-meeting events|
|Alan Ehrenhalt, Pew Center on the States, “Demographic Transformation of American Cities” (May 18, 2010)|
May 18, 2010
|May 18, 2010||events forum||demographics|
|Edward Glaeser, Harvard University, “Investing in Urban Resurgence: Transportation and Infrastructure” (April 28, 2010)|
April 28, 2010
|April 28, 2010||events forum||economic-development infrastructure transportation|
|Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute, “Top Ideas for Revitalizing Cities” (Feb 25, 2010)|
February 25, 2010
|February 25, 2010||events forum||economic-development|
|Worcester’s Business Climate: Hot or Cold? (Dec. 11, 2009)|
Friday, December 11, 2009
|December 11, 2009||events forum||economic-development industry|
|Diagnosing Health Care Reform: What’s the Right Prescription for You? (Oct. 26, 2009)|
Monday, October 26 2009
|October 26, 2009||events forum||health|
|24th Annual Meeting|
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
|June 3, 2009||annual-meeting events|
|Closing the Achievement Gap in Public Education: The Last Civil Rights Issue (May 14, 2009)|
Thursday, May 14, 2009
|May 14, 2009||events forum||education|
|Getting from Here to There: The Central Mass Transportation Network (April 27, 2009)|
Monday, April 27 2009
|April 27, 2009||events forum||transportation|
|Municipal Budgets in Limbo: How Low Can They Go? (Mar. 11, 2009)|
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
|March 11, 2009||events forum||finance|
|What’s Up With Downtown Worcester?: Prospects for Revitalization (December 12, 2008)|
Friday, December 12, 2008
|December 12, 2008||events forum||downtown economic-development|
|The Housing Crisis in Massachusetts: Keeping the Roof from Caving In (Nov. 13, 2008)|
Thursday, November 13, 2008
|November 13, 2008||events forum||housing|
|23rd Annual Meeting|
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
|June 9, 2008||annual-meeting events|
|Worcester’s Next Superintendent of Schools: Addressing the Challenges (Apr. 10, 2008)|
Thursday, April 10, 2008
|April 10, 2008||events forum||administration education|
|Balancing the FY09 Budget: Rolling the dice with your tax dollars (Mar. 13, 2008)|
Thursday, March 13, 2008
|March 13, 2008||events forum||finance|
|Life Sciences in the Worcester Community: A Vision for the Future? (December 11, 2007)|
Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
|December 11, 2007||events forum||health industry|
|School Autonomy: Can it improve student achievement? (October 26, 2007)|
Friday, October 26, 2007, 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
|October 26, 2007||events forum||education|
|The Impact of Globalization on Manufacturing in Central Massachusetts (April 25, 2007)|
The Crossroads of Our City’s Bright Future
The Decision On the Path To Be Traveled
|April 25, 2007||events forum||industry|
|Making Sense of State and Local Tax Dollars in FY08 (March 15, 2007)|
Thursday, March 15, 2007 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Clark University Higgins University Center Grace Conference Room 950 Main St. Worcester (Parking available in lot on Maywood Street) Event …
|March 15, 2007||events forum||finance|
|300 Million Americans & Counting: Implications of Demographic Changes for Central Mass (February 16, 2007)|
Friday, February 16, 2007 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
|February 16, 2007||events forum||demographics|
The Research Bureau receives many suggestions for forums or events. When considering the viability of a potential forum, WRRB staff asks a series of questions. In an effort to ensure we have answers to these questions when discussing an idea or pitch, we ask that our friends and partners with ideas provide as much detail as possible, using the form below.