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Bedford Select Board Offers Town Manager Position to Matthew Hanson

Article from thebedfordcitizen.org

The Select Board on Monday unanimously voted to offer Matthew Hanson the position of Bedford Town Manager.

Hanson, town manager of Tyngsborough, also served two terms as a Chelmsford selectman. He will succeed Sarah Stanton, who resigned in April to accept a position as Undersecretary of Economic Strategies in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

The Select Board moved into executive session following the vote, presumably to discuss contract terms. 

Deliberations took less than 10 minutes, following lengthy separate interviews Monday with Hanson and the other finalist, Gregory Johnson, town administrator of Maynard.

Select Board members agreed that either finalist would be a good choice, but they also felt that Hanson’s experience better prepares him for the task.

“His answers were very Bedford specific,” added member Shawn Hanegan.

Hanson was hired as Tyngsborough Assistant Town Administrator in November 2015 and promoted 17 months later. The position title was changed to Town Manager last December.

Hanson earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; his master’s was in regional economic and social development. Early in his career he worked as a program manager for the Lowell Police Department and a management intern in the city manager’s office.

The new town manager has been an elected Chelmsford town meeting representative for 13 years and serves on the board of directors of the Middlesex 3 Coalition, the regional economic development consortium.

What’s Happening in the City of Woburn

What’s Happening in Woburn

Fire Station Ribbon Cutting

Woburn’s new Fire Department Headquarters is now open! Celebrate this exciting occasion with Mayor Galvin and other City Officials at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, August 3rd at 11 am.

Learn more about the Ribbon Cutting

Sales Tax Weekend Coming up- Shop Local!

Massachusetts’ Sale Tax Holiday will be Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14th. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax. Be sure to consider Woburn Retailers as you are doing your shopping!

Tax Free Weekend Information

Follow us on Twitter!

Woburn’s Economic Development Office is now on Twitter! Follow us to stay up to date about events and activities in the City, new businesses, and exciting economic development initiatives.

Follow us on Twitter!

New Boston Street Area Meeting Recap

In June, Mayor Scott Galvin hosted a meeting with the business community and property owners from the New Boston Street Area to provide an update on the construction of the new bridge as well as gather feedback from attendees. City Staff plans to build off of the momentum from this meeting and continue conversations about the New Boston Street area in the Fall.

Learn more about the meeting

Pocket Park Progress

The upgrades to Woburn Center’s Pocket Park are almost complete! The enhancements to the Pocket Park include creating new seating areas, planting new shade trees, installing additional lighting fixtures, and adding green space serving to enhance the existing natural rock wall.

Learn more about the Pocket Park

Live Music at Horn Pond

Social Capital Inc (SCI), an organization focused on cultivating connections, is hosting a series of summer concerts at Horn Pond. The free concerts are an opportunity for all community members to connect and enjoy music together!

The concerts are scheduled for July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th at 6pm

Read more about the Summer Concerts

Labor and Workforce Resources for Massachusetts Small Business

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has compiled a list of helpful resources to help small business owners navigate workforce development.

Read the Resource Guide

Woburn’s Chamber of Commerce

The Woburn Chamber of Commerce offers an array of resources to its members. Check out their exciting events and learn how they can help your business.

Learn more about the Chamber of Commerce

Woburn in the News

Pizza lovers have a new reason to rejoice

A restaurant chain from Connecticut will be spreading to the Greater Boston area. The Boston.com article about Sally’s Apizza has created buzz and sparked excitement for one of Woburn’s future restaurants. Sally’s Apizza will be opening in the Woburn Village in the next few months.

Read the Article

Woburn business owner might just be one of the most influential philanthropists in Greater Boston

The Boston Globe highlights the philanthropy of Woburn business owner Bill Cummings and the Cummings Foundation. The foundation owns about two-thirds of Cummings Properties’ buildings and receives all rental profits from them which then uses the profits for grants for local organizations.

Read the Article

Welcome to Woburn!

Gong Cha

Internationally acclaimed Bubble Tea Company, Gong Cha, has opened a location in Woburn Center! Gong Cha offers personalized service with premium teas in a variety of innovative and delicious recipes.

Gong Cha

486 Main Street

Check out their Website

What’s Happening in the City of Woburn

 

What’s Happening in Woburn

New Economic Development Website

The City has unveiled a new website dedicated to Economic Development efforts. The new website will be updated frequently to provide residents and business owners with updates and news about projects happening in the City and Region related to Economic Development. Check it out to learn more about what is going on in the City!

 

Check out the new website

New Boston Street Bridge Construction Underway

After years of planning, construction has begun on a new bridge to connect New Boston Street. The two sections of the street have been disconnected since a fire burned down the bridge in the 1970s. The new bridge will provide additional highway access for the area, connect the New Boston Street Area to the Anderson/Woburn RTC, and will help alleviate congestion.

Learn more about the new bridge!

Woburn joins the Middlesex 3 Coalition

The City of Woburn has officially become a member of the Middlesex 3 Coalition. M3 is a regional economic development organization representing communities located along the U.S. Route 3. M3 is committed to fostering economic development, job growth and retention, diversifying the tax base, and enhancing the quality of life for our residents. As a member, the City has access to all of the resources that M3 provides.

Learn more about Middlesex 3

Mass Development Program to help Small Businesses

Mass Development has unveiled a new program that aims to help spur investment in small businesses. Through loans and guarantees, the State Small Business Credit Initiative hopes to help historically disadvantaged small business owners grow their business and build generational wealth.

Learn more about the program

Grant available for Hotels and Motels

The Mass Growth Capital Corporation is offering a grant program to offer assistance to hotels and motels that were negatively affected by the pandemic. Grant applications are due by July 14th.

Learn more about the grant

New City Street Map Available

The Engineering Department has released an updated street map of the City. You can pick up a paper copy of the map in City Hall or download an online version!

Download a copy of the street map

Woburn in the News

Chronicle visits the City

Woburn’s own Sogno was featured on ABC’s Chronicle. The feature highlights the new restaurant’s unique menu, extensive wine selection, and luxurious décor.

 

Sogno is located at 304 Cambridge Road

 

Watch the Chronicle Segment

Woburn drone maker aims to replace the crop duster

The Boston Globe recently highlighted the recent successes of Guardian Agriculture, a Woburn based robotics company that uses drone technology to treat crops. The company has raised $20 million to expand their company.

Read the Article

Welcome to Woburn!

Doctor Acupuncture

Located on the West Side, Woburn’s newest acupuncture clinic use fine needles, heat, magnets or vacuum cups to affect acupuncture points to boost the body’s natural healing process and restore balance.

 

Doctor Acupuncture

192 Lexington Street

 

Check out their Website

Do you know a new Woburn business that should be featured? Let us know!

State Representative Michelle Ciccolo Shares Spring Updates

From the Office of Rep. Ciccolo

OFFICE HOURS MAY 16TH

We are always looking for ways to connect with the district. If you have a specific policy question, an event you want our office to know about, or just want to get to know your representative, please sign up for office hours!

The next office hours are May 16th from 5 to 6PM. You can sign up here.

If you’re not able to make it to office hours, no problem. Please email my aide, [email protected], and she will find a time for us to meet.

BUDGET WEEK RECAP

The House passed its iteration of the FY24 budget last week, totaling $56.2 billion in spending statewide and including several hundred million on progressive programs and policies. Below is a graphic illustrating just a few of these fantastic wins.

Alongside these statewide wins, we were fortunate to get a combined $600,000 for Lexington, Woburn, and Winchester-specific programs and projects. Here is a breakdown of where that money will go (pending Senate concurrence and the Governor’s final approval):

  • $100,000 for Woburn to implement recommendations from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative for Local Rapid Recovery program,
  • $150,000 for Lexington to assist with the operations and coordination efforts of the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution events,
  • $175,000 for capital improvements to the O’Brien ice rink in Woburn, and
  • $200,000 for the renovation and maintenance of recreational parks and facilities in Winchester.

This funding will go far toward economic development and recreation in our communities. Thank you to my colleagues, Rep. Rich Haggerty and Rep. Mike Day, for championing the Woburn and Winchester amendments!

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

I am delighted to have been re-appointed to four committees: Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR), State Administration and Regulatory Oversight (SARO), Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities (CFPD), and Elder Affairs.

Serving on these committees means I see bills that deal with a wide range of issues, from waste reduction, to disability accommodations, to retirees’ housing situations. I am fortunate to serve with amazing groups of legislators, headed by thoughtful chairs, to consider bills that will impact every resident.

A State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee meet and greet with
Chairman Tony Cabral
An Elder Affairs Committee meet and greet with Chairman Tom Stanley and
Chairwoman Pat Jehlen

ZERO WASTE CAUCUS IN LEXINGTON (WITH MINORITY WHIP KATHERINE CLARK!)

As House Chair and co-founder of the Zero Waste Caucus, I was thrilled to host an event in Lexington with Minority Whip Katherine Clark as our keynote speaker this past February. We had 150 attendees at Cary Hall and listened to almost a dozen legislators and advocates discuss the most pressing waste issues and the most promising waste solutions.



As always, a huge thank you to all of our speakers and attendees, including:

  • State Representative Jeffrey Roy, State Senators Jason Lewis and Mike Barrett, Shannon Emmett from the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Patrick Prendergast from State Representative Day’s office,
  • Kirstie Pecci from Just Zero, Juan Jaramillo from the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Janet Domenitz from MASSPIRG, Hien Nguyen from Lexington’s own LexZeroWaste, and
  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark!

It has been so heartening over the last few years to see discussions on waste reduction rise through the legislative agenda. With so many amazing advocates and legislators, I am very excited to see what we can do in the next few!

TESTIFYING FOR CHAPTER 90 FUNDING AND ELECTRIC LANDSCAPE EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

As many of you know, there are between 5-7,000 bills filed each legislative session, and each bill has to have a hearing. I’ve been fortunate to testify on two of my own bills reflecting two of our communities’ greatest priorities: transportation and the environment.

Every year, the Legislature re-authorizes funding for municipal road and bridge maintenance via a program called Chapter 90. However, I believe we have been woefully underfunding this program, with no significant funding increases in over a decade. This year, I was able to testify on the vital importance of raising Chapter 90 funding for this year, as well as propose a commission to study the formula by which we distribute the funding to cities and towns.

As anyone who drives in Massachusetts knows, our roads desperately need small and large repairs. Studying how the Chapter 90 program currently functions, and how we can make it better, is the first step towards restoring our roads and bridges to a state of good repair.

Testifying in front of the Transportation Committee in support of expanding the Chapter 90 program and re-evaluating its efficacy to make it more equitable and efficient.

This week, I was also able to testify on H765, which would create a statewide program to support municipalities and small businesses in their transition to electric-powered landscaping equipment. Far from being a leafy suburban issue, this program would have huge benefits for landscape workers; the motors on gas landscaping equipment do not have meaningful filters, so workers directly breathe in soot, gas, and carcinogens for hours at a time. They also suffer hearing loss from the noise and vibrations of the machines.

Electric landscape equipment is significantly quieter and has virtually no onsite emissions. This means better air quality for our communities and for the workers handling the equipment for hours at a time.

Last year, we were able to get funding in the FY23 budget for the Town of Lexington to pilot a similar program with great success. I look forward to continuing our advocacy on this important issue and building off of Lexington’s success!

Testifying in front of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee in support of my bill, H765, that would create a statewide grant and loan program for municipalities and small businesses to transition to electric landscape equipment.

UMass Lowell’s Clean Green Challenge Application Deadline Has Been Extended!

On April 20th, the Innovation Hub is hosting the UMass Lowell Clean Green Challenge in collaboration with Adler Innovation and the UMass Lowell RIST institute.  The goal of the event is to provide a “commercialization booster shot” to budding entrepreneurs requiring the critical knowledge to take their idea to the next level.

Participants will receive a full day of learning from experts: the essence of product market fit and commercial thinking.  The evening will entail a pitch contest where applicants will showcase what they’ve learned and receive analysis and feedback from a panel of industry professionals. 

Finalists will be pitching for in kind prizes with the purse currently adding up to thousands and still growing! See further details below and click Apply Here to register now!