Mayor’s Task Force on Job Growth and Business Retention: Task Force Report to Mayor Joseph O’Brien

In April of 2010, Mayor Joseph C. O‘Brien assembled a 36-member Task Force on Job Growth and Business Retention to address growing concerns regarding the City of Worcester‘s ability to provide its citizens with jobs that pay a living wage. The Task Force held seven formal working sessions and one public hearing over the course of three months. We sought and analyzed information about economic development strategies, city finances, tax structures, inter- and intra-governmental partnerships, and progressive economic development programs in comparable cities across the country. Members also benefited from multiple presentations by variety of individuals regarding details of Worcester‘s economic development strategy.