Steve Eide’s Testimony before the Joint Committee on Revenue on behalf of “An Act to promote economic development in gateway cities,” September 30, 2009

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to testify.

I am here this morning to testify on behalf of my organization, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, in support of this bill. The Research Bureau has been assessing Worcester’s economic development challenges for about 25 years, and recently we have been focused on downtown and the City’s ongoing efforts at revitalizing it. This bill will help to strengthen Worcester’s efforts at downtown revitalization in a few ways.