Worcester for Everyone: A Regional Housing and Economic Study Outlining Local Opportunity
After more than a year of research in partnership with the Worcester Business Development Corp., City of Worcester, and Smart Growth Economics, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to release the first two phases of its housing study in conjunction with the 2019 Game Changers Expo on Friday, Oct. 25.
Entitled “Worcester for Everyone: a Regional Housing and Economic Study Outlining Local Opportunity,” the first phase of the study addresses the growth witnessed by the Heart of the Commonwealth between 2012 and 2017, which some have called a Renaissance, and outlines best practices for post-industrial cities, like Worcester, regarding the challenges of equitable housing for multiple demographics and socio-economic groups.
Also released Friday, the second phase of the housing study which encapsulates the opinions of Worcester residents. Compiling hundreds of accounts, this survey shows there is demand for housing at diverse price points, walkable neighborhoods with amenities like grocery stores, and cultural festivals throughout the year.
PDFs of both phases, along with their respective executive summaries, are below. The third and final phase of the study will be released in 2020.
Executive Summary (only): Phase 1
Phase 1: Best Practices
Executive Summary (only): Phase 2
Phase 2: Housing and Community Preference Survey
The Chamber would like to thank all of the sponsors, organizations, and local citizens involved in the production of the housing study. For more information, a complete list of sponsors, keynote speakers, and panelists for the Oct. 25 Game Changers Expo, please visit the conference website.