Fitchburg serious about business

Fitchburg serious about business

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Fitchburg, MA

#1 Jul 6, 2013
Fitchburg serious about business

Sentinel & Enterprise

Posted: 07/06/2013 06:30:49 AM EDT

The Fitchburg City Council has taken a prudent step in approving Councilor-at-Large Dean Tran's proposal to create a position in city government to boost economic development.

Economic development manager has been one of the many hats Lisa Wong has worn throughout her tenure as mayor, but she and the council realize this should be somebody's full-time job.

The city needs someone who is dedicated solely to attracting and retaining businesses in the city. Wong said having someone who will have businesses' ear on a host of issues will potentially encourage current businesses looking to expand to stay in Fitchburg rather than move out of town.

"If you had that relationship where you had more time to talk, you could say,'You can actually add more space, you just need a zoning change," Wong said Tuesday. "That's the kind of level of detail we really need."

Wong said the position could potentially pay for itself with the right person. No question. That's why the city should work hard to choose someone with experience leveraging available local, state and federal resources to boost economic development, as well as a proven track record of helping a municipality attract businesses. There can be no on-the-job training for this person, and it must be made clear that the only job security is results.

Despite the city's problems, there is a lot to like about Fitchburg. Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College help to train a local



workforce ready to fill jobs across a broad spectrum of professions, including advanced manufacturing. The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority is working hard to get workers to their jobs. The public school system continues to improve. Recreational and cultural offerings abound.
And with the City Council's vote, Fitchburg will soon have someone working 100 percent on boosting economic development. Residents should welcome this move. Putting people back to work will go a long way toward solving Fitchburg's challenges.

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Giselle Redpath

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Jul 7, 2013
Business in Fitchburg? Come on really?

Buzzards Bay, MA

#3 Jul 7, 2013
3 plead guilty in S. Boston beating death
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
May 18, 1993 | Doris Sue Wong, Globe Staff | Copyright


Three men accused in the clubbing and spearing death of Andrew S. McDonough last summer pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday to manslaughter.

Judge Robert Banks ordered Jason D. Clifford, 21, of Dorchester to serve 7 to 15 years, and Kevin Lynch, 23, of South Boston to serve 6 to 15 years in the state prison in Walpole; and Brian Lynch, 20, of South Boston to serve 20 years in the state prison in Concord.

Clifford will be eligible for parole in about five years, Kevin Lynch in about four, and Brian Lynch in about two years.

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