CITY OF WORCESTER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Esther Howland (South) Chambers

Convened: 5:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:43


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Councilor George J Russell
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Frederick C Rushton Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor George J Russell
 
Also:Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk
 
1.

Communications of the City Manager - Part I

1a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Harvard University School of Design's Executive Education Program and the Worcester Design Study of the Vacant Wyman Gordon Property. # 9.4C CM April 24, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the DCU Center Special District Improvement Fund. # 9.27B CM April 24, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to City's HOME Affordable Housing Program. # 17a CC May 01, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an Update on Financing for Publicly Supported Housing. # 17b CC May 01, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1e.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an Invite to a National Small Business Week Event. # 9.32A CM May 22, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1f.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Workforce of the CitySquare Development Project. # 9.4C CM July 17, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1g.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Destination Worcester. # 10.32A CM August 14, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1h.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Annual Federal Entitlement Programs. # 10.32A CM September 18, 2012

In April 2, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1i.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Energy - Residential Rebate Program. # 10.4B CM September 18, 2012

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1j.

Transmitting informational communication relative to public outreach efforts for the Worcester Energy - Residential Rebate Program. # 8.4A CM October 16, 2012

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1k.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Small Business Financial Assistance Programs. # 10.4B CM November 13, 2012

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1l.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Economic Development and Business Attraction/Marketing Efforts. # 10.4C CM November 13, 2012

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1m.

Transmitting communication recommending Adoption of the Attached Resolutions to File an Application to Designate 15 Coppage Drive as a Site Specific Economic Opportunity Area and a Certified Project. # 9.4D CM November 27, 2012

In Committee December 4, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1n.

Transmitting communication relative to City of Worcester's Public Art Initiatives. # 12e CC December 04, 2012

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held In Committee March 18, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1o.

Transmitting informational communication relative to 5 May St. # 17a CC December 18, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

1p.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Private Purchase of 371 and 379 Main Street. # 8.4D CM January 08, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1q.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a New Partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the Reuse of the Former Boys and Girls Club at Lincoln Square. # 8.4C CM January 08, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1r.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and requests for applications deadlines. # 17e CC January 15, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1s.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the status of #5 May Street. # 14b CC January 29, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1t.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Status of the Implementation of the City of Worcester's Energy Services Company (ESCo) Project. # 8.32C CM February 05, 2013

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1u.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Hotel Availability in the City. # 8.4B CM February 26, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1v.

Transmitting informational communication regarding the 2012 Economic Development Year in Review # 8.4E CM February 26, 2013

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1w.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Request for Proposals for the Property Located at 5 May Street. # 9.4G CM March 12, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1x.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Small Business Recruitment and Retention Efforts. # 9.4A CM March 12, 2013

In Committee April 9, 2013 - Held In Committee May 14, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1y.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the WOO Card Program. # 8.4G CM April 02, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1z.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Biotechnology Market Update. # 8.4A CM April 02, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1aa.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Proposed Prescott Street Hotel. # 8.4B CM April 23, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1bb.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority. # 8.4C CM April 23, 2013

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1cc.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Smart Grid (Smart Energy Solutions) Deployment Update Presentation # 8.4A CM April 23, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1dd.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Recent Supreme Judicial Court Decision in the Case of City of Worcester v. College Hill Properties, et al. # 8.13A CM June 04, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1ee.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an Update of the Smart Grid Deployment. # 8.4C CM June 04, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1ff.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a Report on Small Business Recruitment and Retention Efforts. # 10.4A CM June 18, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1gg.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the property located at 5 May Street. # 10.4B CM August 20, 2013

In Committee November 26, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1hh.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a Foreclosure Mediation Process. # 10.4I CM August 20, 2013

In Committee September 24, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1ii.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a plan that includes input from Community Partners to Cope with the Proposed Changes at the Worcester District Office of Transitional Assistance. # 10.4G CM August 20, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1jj.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Issuance of a Request for Proposals for Urban Renewal Consultant Services. # 10.4A CM September 24, 2013

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1kk.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to a Report from Economic Development Relative to Small Business Recruitment and Retention Efforts # 10.4C CM September 24, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1ll.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Foreclosure Complaints and Foreclosure Deeds. # 10.4D CM September 24, 2013

In Committee October 8, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

1mm.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Worcester Redevelopment Authority Urban Renewal Plan - Citizen Advisory Committee Members. # 8.4C CM October 08, 2013

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1nn.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Additional Funding for CitySquare from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. # 11.4F CM December 10, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

1oo.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Additional Financial and Budgetary information to Illustrate the Costs Associated with the CitySquare Project. # 11.4A CM December 10, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

2.

Communications of the City Manager - Part II

2a.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to an Update of the 2014 Destination Worcester Strategic Plan, as submitted by Troy Siebels, Chair of Destination Worcester. # 12.4G CM January 07, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2b.

Transmitting informational communication regarding the City of Worcester 2013 Economic Development Year in Review. # 9.4B CM February 04, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2c.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to an Update of the Buy Worcester Now Program. # 8.4A CM March 11, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2d.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Creation of a Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP). # 8.4D CM March 25, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2e.

Transmitting Communication Relative to the Implementation Process of the Foreclosure Mediation Ordinance.Refer to CCM Item 8.29A # 8.4A CM March 25, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2f.

Transmitting Informational Communication Regarding the Granting of Liquor Licenses in the City. # 8.13C CM April 08, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2g.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to an Update on the Philadelphia Tax Abatement Plan and the City’s Efforts to Incorporate Elements of the Plan into Worcester’s Economic Development Strategies. # 8.4D CM May 13, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2h.

Transmitting Informational Communication Regarding an Update on the South Worcester Industrial Park. # 9.4A CM May 27, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2i.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Status of the Worcester Energy Residential Rebate Pilot Program. # 11.4A CM July 22, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2j.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Utilization of the Parking Lot at the Worcester Public Library by Library Patrons. # 10.19C CM August 19, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2k.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Activities of Destination Worcester. # 10.32A CM August 19, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2l.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Acquisition of the Former Worcester County Courthouse # 10.4D CM August 19, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2m.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Status of the City's Climate Action Plan. # 8.25A CM October 14, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2n.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Small Business Programs and Services Offered by the Executive Office of Economic Development. # 8.4B CM October 28, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2o.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Status of the Worcester Energy Program. # 9.4A CM January 07, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2p.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Workforce Central Career Center - Worcester Community Outreach Summary. # 9.4B CM January 07, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2q.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the Downtown/Theatre District Urban Renewal Plan process and public hearing announcement. # 8.4C CM February 03, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2r.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the “Economic Development: 2014 Year in Review" # 9.4B CM February 24, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2s.

Transmitting quarterly update report of economic development initiatives. # 5a CC March 03, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2t.

Transmitting informational communication relative to quarterly workshops to support small business development. # 9.4A CM March 10, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2u.

Transmitting informational communication relative to request City Manager report to City Council concerning the process used by the city in timely permitting and approving the work done by private companies that are installing solar panels on city homes. # 9.16A CM March 24, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2v.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the redevelopment of a parcel of land in Washington Square. # 9.4F CM March 24, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2w.

Transmitting informational communication regarding the Starting a Business in Worcester Workshop Presentation. # 9.4D CM March 24, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2x.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the award of the Historic Preservation Plan Grant. # 8.4E CM April 07, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2y.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the activities of Destination Worcester. # 8.34B CM April 28, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2z.

Transmitting informational communication relative to City owned properties and leases. # 16a CC June 02, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2aa.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the quarterly update report of Economic Development initiatives. # 10.4B CM September 01, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2bb.

Transmitting informational communication on a quarterly update relative to the City of Worcester’s plan to implement improved strategies and policies that better serve and represent our diverse community. # 9.34A CM September 15, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

3.

Miscellaneous Items

3a.

Order Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien Request City Manager develop a scoring system for allocating public affordable housing funds that the city controls. This should include: HOME, CDBG, and NSP funds. # 11c CC July 17, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

3b.

Petition of Leo Sullivan request the appropriate Standing Committee view a presentation for a Community Choice Aggregation program designed by the Mass DOER & DPU to reduce the electric power rates for the residents of Worcester and other municipalities in the Commonwealth. # 9cc CC August 14, 2012

In Committee December 4, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3c.

Report of the Committee on Economic Development upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending adoption of the attached resolutions relative to the Certified Project Application and Site Specific Economic Opportunity Area Designation for 65 Prescott Street. # 15a CC April 23, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

3d.

Communication of Dr. Roberta Schaefer, President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting communication relative to "Worcester by the Numbers: Economy and Jobs". # 11a CC May 28, 2013

In Committee November 19, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3e.

Communication of Dr. Roberta Schaefer, President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting communication relative to "Worcester by the Numbers: Housing and Land Use. # 15d CC August 20, 2013

In Committee November 19, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3f.

Order of Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien - Request City Council request the Mayor consider appointing a working group to create a policy recommendation for the City Administration with regards to establishing priorities for the expenditure of future Community Development Block Grant federal funds allocated to the City of Worcester. # 17f CC October 01, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

3g.

Order of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes request the Standing Committee on Economic Development consider looking at requiring a monetary obligation from the homeowner by paying a nominal registration fee for the foreclosure mediation process. # 11i CC March 25, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

3h.

Presentation of Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Program presenting an evaluation of the former Worcester County Courthouse, Worcester Memorial Auditorium and the Boys' Club (Voke A) building, as well as the Highland Street parking lot. # 4a CC September 30, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File