Downtown Worcester Improvement Program to Launch in May

by | Apr 17, 2019 | Headlines, Business, News

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WORCESTER – The Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District [BID] will formally launch its program in mid-May, 2019, introducing ” clean and safe” ambassadors to the District.

The ambassadors will help out with existing City cleaning and maintenance services, and will be a downtown presence to assist and welcome visitors. 

City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. said, “The establishment of a downtown Business Improvement District will provide both residents and visitors with an enhanced experience of Worcester. BID staff members will be actively serving as ambassadors and engaging with the community right within the core of our city.”

In Nov. 2018, the City Council approved the petitions of more than 90 downtown property owners to establish the BID — an effort to strengthen downtown Worcester’s growth and attract new business, and more visitors and residents to the area. 

On Wednesday, the Worcester BID hired Evelyn Darling to serve as the Executive Director, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the BID. Darling earned her Bachelor’s degree from Clark University and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. Darling has an array of community development experience — including operating the Field Corner Main Street program in Dorchester for nearly ten years. She has also served as the Director of Community Development for the Vietnamese- American Initiative for Development (VietAID) in Dorchester.

“I am thrilled to help guide Downtown Worcester’s renaissance at such an exciting time,” Darling said. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the District’s property and business owners, and the City to create an attractive, welcoming, and vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike.”

The BID also selected a vendor to provide cleaning, maintenance, safety and hospitality services.  The BID will contract with Brooklyn-based Streetplus, an organization that has specialized in providing these types of services throughout the country for almost thirty years.

“The renaissance we are experiencing downtown is deeply significant,” said Julian Wade, owner of the Printer’s Building at 44 Portland Street. “It clearly illustrates the powerful change that can happen when a community works together. Sustaining this type of growth requires innovation; the BID is an exciting next step to ensuring our vibrant urban landscape grows stronger and even more successful.”

Streetplus has begun its job recruitment efforts, working with local workforce resources to hire locally and provide new employment opportunities within Downtown Worcester. Individuals interested in working for the Downtown Worcester BID are encouraged to submit an employment application to Streetplus.

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