Goals for Worcester
Worcester's past and present is founded on immigration, diversity and dynamic neighborhoods. For Worcester to remain an attractive world city, we must embrace not only the bio-technology and healthcare industrial sectors, but also the burgeoning green and creative sectors, while continuing to support the existing infrastructure of our neighborhoods, like diners, bakeries, auto repair shops, printers and the other businesses that make Worcester what it is. Worcester must also have a safe, vibrant and welcoming downtown that can support an 18-hour street life. Economic development in the City cannot be undertaken without considering regional, national and global connections and environmental impacts.
The focus of Worcester's future growth cannot be limited to traditional elements of economic development. All Worcester residents expect a high quality of life, including high-quality public services, such as primary, secondary and adult education, elder services, public health and public safety. Above all, Worcester must be accessible to all with affordable housing, high-quality public transportation and the accommodation of youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities, non-traditional families and people for whom English is a second language.
Worcester's future depends on confident, clear and accessible leadership that inspires and responds to civic engagement. Together, we can create a climate for civic dialogue that sets conditions to think, plan and act with imagination. Worcester citizens are the stewards of change, and we can encourage individuals to become leaders and advocate for change. Our City's leaders can build unique partnerships and collaborations to develop creative projects that break civic, professional and social boundaries, support Worcester's neighborhoods and move the City's economy into the future.