The Economic News of the City of Haverhill
Mayor James J. Fiorentini
Economic Development Director: William Pillsbury
A Special Note from Mayor Jim Fiorentini
Welcome to Destination Haverhillthe economic newsletter
for the city of Haverhill. This newsletter will be published
on occasion and distributed to interested parties.
A key goal of my administration is to make certain that Haverhill
is business friendly. If you know of a business that is expanding
and feel that a call or visit from the Mayor will help bring
them to Haverhill, or if you have a concern or question, please
let me know. Call me at 978-374-2300 or email me at email@example.com.
Please tell us how we can serve you better.
Pillsbury Named Economic Development Director
William Pillsbury has been named the new Economic Development
Director in Haverhill, replacing Eugene ONeil who took
Mr. Pillsbury, in addition to his many other talents, has
been the Planning Director for the city of Haverhill for several
years, and is the former economic development director for the
State of New Hampshire before returning to his home town.
The city intends to be proactive in economic development and
Bill Pillsbury has a number of economic development ideas planned.
You can see more about Bills department on the city
web site at http://www.ci.haverhill.ma.us/departments/econ/index.htm.
If you want to reach Bill, his phone number is 978-374-2330 and
his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Fiorentini Says Overall Trend Shows need for Housing,
Stressing Quality of Life
The long term trend for our area is bright, with difficult
challenges in the near future was the theme of Mayor James
J. Fiorentinis inaugural address on January 5th.
Haverhill is making a transition from a manufacturing city
to a consumer city. In a manufacturing city, residents are attracted
by the quality of factories. In a consumer city, residents are
attracted by the quality of life. Haverhill will market its quality
of life over the next two years. To view the entire inaugural
address check here.
Mayor Fiorentini Sets up Business Visitation Program
I have set up a bi-weekly program to visit local businesses
and listen to their concerns. The program begins on Tuesday morning
when I will be accompanied by Greater Haverhill President Sally
Cerasuolo and by economic development director Bill Pillsbury.
State Senator Steven Baddour will attend on those weeks he is
not required to be at the legislature in Boston.
I will start in the Ward Hill Industrial Park and visit every
Business visits were a suggestion of the new economic development
director William Pillsbury. The idea is to tour the plants or
business, meet the CEO, and see if the business has any needs
that are not being met by the city. We will pay special attention
to businesses considering expansion.
Fiorentini Administration Proposes Bringing Back Left Hand
turn onto Merrimack Street
One of the first legislative proposals of the Fiorentini
administration will be to restore the left hand turn from the
Basiliere Bridge onto Merrimack Street. The turn was eliminated
when the Comeau Bridge was closed. I will be presenting an ordinance
to the city council shortly for their consideration to restore
Donahue Institute Shows Importance of Brownfields Redevelopment
A recent economic study by the Donahue Institute at U-Mass
show this region of the State did better than the State average
over the past ten years. The study also showed that we are losing
our young work force and that brownfields redevelopment needs
to be a key economic growth component.
The Good News
The Northeast Region responded well to the opportunities
of the 1990s and performed significantly better than the Commonwealth
as a whole. Spurred by vigorous growth in software, telecommunications,
and related business services, covered employment grew 24.6 percent
from 1993 to 2000 (versus 20.2 percent in the state). The workforce
expanded 7.5 percent (versus 0.3 percent statewide) and the population
8.6 percent (versus 5.5 percent) between 1990 and 2000.
The Bad News
Residents aged 19 to 44 made up 45 percent of the regional
population in 1990 but only 40 percent in 2000. This worrisome
trend implies the loss of a portion of the college-educated skill
base. The region cannot expect much relief in the future: the
19- to 24-year-old cohort fell more than 20 percent in the 1990s,
from 58,733 to 46,845. Just as this skill-base loss poses a significant
challenge, so does the growth of the under-18 population. Cities
and towns are expected to educate this burgeoning group, a task
made difficult by any protracted economic downturn or decline
in tax revenues.
The largest population gain occurred in the 45-to-64 age group.
As these older workers retire, they will join the under-18 cohort
in requiring an array of public services, such as day care and
elderly housing. The falloff of residents 19 to 24 along with
low growth among 25- to 44-year-olds portends labor shortages
and a shrinking taxpayer base.
A number of issues will need to be addressed in the regionworkforce
training, the redevelopment of brownfields, diversifying the
economic basein order to ensure continuing prosperity.
Redevelopment of brownfields is our number one economic
Is the housing market doomed to slip?
At least one analyst thinks so. See Housing with other people's
money: The Coming Crash in the Housing Market, by John R. Talbott
McGraw Hill, 2003, 195 pages.
For a review see: http://www.beaconhill.org/NewsLink/NLV81/v8n1BookHousingCrash.html
Democratic National Convention Presents Haverhill with
July 26-July 29th of this year, the Democratic National Convention
will be held in Boston. Thousands of delegates and visitors will
descend upon Boston. In the off hours, they will be looking for
restaurants, festivals, historic sites and places to visit. You
can view more information about the convention at http://www.democrats.org/convention/.
I have asked Thomas Spitalere of the Haverhill Historical
Society and the visitors bureau in Haverhill to look into
ways to bring visitors to Haverhill on that date. Spitalere has
suggested an Italian flavor to an eventperhaps a festival
or street parade similar to those in the North End, perhaps coordinating
restaurants to all offer specials that day. Let us know your
suggestions on how we can bring visitors to Haverhill that day!
Send the Mayor your ideas now, email@example.com
or email Tom directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Mills, Hans Kissle, Highlight Food Transportation
Cluster in Haverhill
The addition of the General Mills Yoplait Brand Yogurt distribution
to the new Fibertech Industrial Park in Haverhill means that
both Hans Kisela food distribution business and Yoplait
are now located in Haverhill. The new industrial park is located
off Broadway next to Regan Ford.
I attended the grand opening of the park and spoke with General
Mills officials who came out from Minneapolis for the ribbon
cutting. When asked what brought them to Haverhill, the officials
told Fiorentini it was ease of highway access. Haverhill has
five exits off Route 495 including two exits that lead directly
to industrial parks. Marketing highway access will be a goal
of the Fiorentini administration.
Sales Tax Free Day coming to Haverhill, and State
On August 14th, local retail businesses have a unique opportunity
to showcase their wares in the first sales tax free day in Massachusetts.
Candidate Fiorentini was one of the first candidates to propose
a sales tax free day in Massachusetts back in 1999. www.jimfiorentini.com/taxfree.htm
We need your suggestions and advicehow can we make this
a gala day for local business in Haverhill?
How can we serve you better?
Please let us know how we can serve you better. To reach
the Mayor, send email to email@example.com.
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*Source: City of Haverhill,
Massachusetts Web Site: www.ci.haverhill.ma.us 1-10-04