Emily Gowdey-Backus, Chamber director of communications

Worcester Business Journal, Sept. 16, 2019

General mayhem. That’s how many local residents are perceiving certain Worcester neighborhoods undergoing or slated to begin major construction projects.

Tune out the cacophony and look past the immediate interruption. These transformations are helping to realize the – gulp, yes I’ll say it – Worcester renaissance.

A bright future for the city to which we’re all committed exists, but it’s on the horizon and we’re journeying to that destination together. If we as a community are too inconvenienced by dust on our shoes or the time it takes to circle the block once more to find a parking spot, fewer of these commercial institutions on which we’ve come to rely, and which support Worcester’s identity, will endure the in-between.

Collectively, we must support the existing momentum as Worcester enters the next stage of its evolution. …

Read Ms. Gowdey-Backus’ complete op-ed on the WBJ site: https://www.wbjournal.com/article/shopwoo-during-construction