Business and Government Forum

The Business and Government Forum is an opportunity for members to connect with legislative officials on a variety of business-related topics throughout the year. The forum is a 90-minute event with a brief presentation by the guest speaker followed by questions from the audience. The event is typically held early in the morning or at noontime and is no cost to the Chamber’s higher-level members. To make sure your government relations staff person is invited, call 508-753-2924.


Business and Government Forum- March 19, 2024

Linking the Crown Hill, lower Chandler, Pleasant Street, Elm Park, and Highland Street and Salisbury Cultural District neighborhoods with downtown Worcester.
presented by Steve Mita

A number of roads such as Lancaster Street, also known as the West Side Artery, were built in the 1950s as part of a growing movement in urban planning at the time to serve car access. This created virtual concrete canyons dividing various parts of the city. In particular, the Crown Hill, lower Chandler, Pleasant Street, Elm Park, and Highland Street neighborhoods were effectively cut off from downtown. The Salisbury Cultural District and downtown were also impacted by the addition of streets such as Lancaster, Harvard, and Irving.

To address these past planning mistakes and encourage pedestrian connections, add more community greenspaces, and create housing density through infill development on excess surface parking lots in this area, the Chamber has put together an urban planning concept paper for residents, business and property owners, and city officials to consider as future economic development, housing, and transportation planning priorities are considered.

View Steve’s Presentation Here