Worcester: A Great Place to Live & Work!
As City Manager of the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, I welcome you to our beautiful city. This is truly an exciting time for Worcester. Major investments in transportation improvements such as roadway network reconstruction projects and the provision of communter rail service at the magnificently renovated Union Station are generating new economic activity.
Worcester has an abundance of intellectual capital. Nine outstanding colleges and universities in the city and five more in the region enrich and inform city life, be it through the economic impact generated by these institutions of higher learning, competitive intercollegiate sports or academic research. An affordable and diverse housing market increasingly attracts newcomers drawn to both older homes in tree-lined neighborhoods and to new condominiums and lofts carved out of old brick and wood beam factories.
Healthcare and medical research are growing industries due in large part to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Park and the University of Massachusetts Medical School located adjacent to the Park, soon to be augmented by the new Bioengineering Institute in Gateway Park. Our workforce is industrious and well-educated, and is enhanced by the state-of-the-art $96 million Technical High School.
Nightlife and fine dining options are available throughout the city, including downtown, on our restaurant row on Shrewsbury Street and in the emerging Canal District behind Union Station. Our city is home to the Worcester Sharks, an American Hockey League franchise of the San Jose Sharks.
Worcester is a place where culture shines. From world renowned museums and concert halls to regionally lauded theaters and galleries, musical groups and ethnic festivals, Worcester can satisfy any appetite for cultural nourishment. Whether you are looking for a five-star dining experience or simply a quick bite to eat, the abundance and variety of the city's restaurants is sure to satisfy your appetite and your taste for culinary adventure.
I hope you'll make some time to find out for yourself what makes Worcester, Massachusetts such a wonderful place to live, to work, and to visit. And I encourage you to visit our website often to view new planning initiatives, various reports, and updates on municipal services.
Michael V. O'Brien
Worcester City Manager