Public Meetings

Guide to Participation in Public Meetings

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An individual may petition the City Council on a wide range of topics including the condition of streets and sidewalks, street lighting, public safety, housing, zoning, taxation, traffic, parking and many others.

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Guide to Participation in Public Meetings

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Boards & Commissions

The City's Boards and Commissions, whose effectiveness depends so heavily upon enlightened citizen participation, have an important impact on Worcester residents and businesses. The Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) established in 1986 assists the City Manager in selecting candidates for appointment to many of these boards and commissions. The CAC recognizes the importance of attaining a membership on municipal boards which reflects the ethnic diversity of the community.

If interested, please submit an Online Application to the City of Worcester's Office of Human Resources.

Current Board & Commission Vacancies

Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Airport Commission
Board of Election Commissioners
Board of Health
Cable Television Advisory Committee
Citizen Advisory Council
Civic Center Commission
Commission on Disability
Commission on Elder Affairs
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Committee
Conservation Commission
Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
GAR Memorial Hall Board of Trustees
Historical Commission
Hope Cemetery Commission
Human Rights Commission
License Commission
Mayor Thomas J. Early Scholarship Committee
Memorial Auditorium Board of Trustees
Off-Street Parking Board
Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Commission
Planning Board
Retirement Board
Status on Women Advisory Committee
Trust Funds Commission
Worcester Arts Council
Worcester Housing Authority
Worcester Redevelopment Authority
Worcester Redevelopment Authority Citizen Advisory Committee
Zoning Board of Appeals
Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability Trust Fund

Committees & Groups

The City of Worcester has a number of committees and groups (not under guidance of the Citizen Advisory Council) whose role and involvement have an important impact on residents and businesses.

Central MA Metropolitan Planning Organization
Central MA Regional Planning Commission
Central MA Workforce Investment Board
Chapter 139 Hearing
City Manager Advisory Committee on Youth
City Manager's Energy Task Force
Coalition Against Bias and Hate
Commonwealth of MA Blackstone River and Canal Commission
Commonwealth of MA Commission on Banks
Community Development Block Grant Public Hearings
Designer Selection Board
Insurance Advisory Committee
Lake Quinsigamond Commission
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Retirement Board Finance Committee
Senior Center Committee
Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District
Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board
WRTA Transportation Planning Advisory Group
Building Futures, Inc. Board of Directors

Public Library

In an information-rich and culturally diverse society, the Worcester Public Library is a source of civic activity and pride, offering opportunities for the development of a literate and informed citizenry. Today's library is a vital and vibrant place of information and learning, used and valued by people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Public Library - AD HOC
Public Library Legislative Affairs Committee
Public Library Board of Directors
Public Library Buildings and Grounds Committee
Public Library Committee on Administration
Public Library Committee on Library Materials
Public Library Community Services Committee
Public Library Executive Committee
Public Library Finance Committee
Public Library - Joint
Public Library District Task Force
Public Library Marketing Committee
Public Library Search Committee

Public Schools

The Worcester Public School system is comprised of over 23,000 students in 44 schools, ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. This diverse group of students helps make Worcester an excellent place to receive a first-class education.

School Committee Meeting
Public Schools Standing Committee - AD HOC
Public Schools Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Performance
Public Schools Standing Committee on Finance and Operations
Public Schools Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues
Public Schools Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School Board of Trustees
Citywide Parent Planning Advisory Council
Foley Stadium Advisory Committee
Seven Hills Charter Public School Board of Trustees
Spirit of Knowledge Public Charter School Board of Trustees
Belmont Street Community School Council
Burncoat Street Preparatory School Council
Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School Council
Chandler Elementary Community School Council
Chandler Magnet School Council
City View Discovery School Council
Clark Street Developmental Learning School Council
Columbus Park Preparatory Academy School Council
Elm Park Community School Council
Flagg Street School Council
Francis J. McGrath Elementary School Council
Gates Lane School of International Studies School Council
Goddard School of Science and Technology School Council
Grafton Street School Council
Heard Street Discovery Academy School Council
Jacob Hiatt Magnet School Council
Lake View School Council
Lincoln Street School Council
May Street School Council
Midland Street School Council
Nelson Place School Council
Norrback Avenue School Council
Quinsigamond School Council
Rice Square School Council
Roosevelt School Council
Tatnuck Magnet School Council
Thorndyke Road School Council
Union Hill School Council
Vernon Hill School Council
Wawecus Road School Council
West Tatnuck School Council
Woodland Academy School Council
Worcester Arts Magnet School Council
Burncoat Middle School Council
Forest Grove Middle School Council
Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School Council
Worcester East Middle School Council
Burncoat High School Council
Claremont Academy School Council
Doherty Memorial High School Council
North High School Council
South High Community School Council
University Park Campus School Council
Worcester Technical High School Council
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School Education Committee
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School Facilities and Finance Committee

Contact Information

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Worcester, MA 01608

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