Framingham, MA – On her second day in office, Mayor Yvonne Spicer is releasing her Transition Team’s Report. This document is comprised of recommendations made by the 12-person Transition Team appointed by the Mayor in early December to create a guide for operationalizing her Vison Plan. The diverse group of citizen volunteers worked tirelessly through the holidays to produce this report.
“I am so grateful to this talented Transition Team for the time and effort they invested in putting together this report which I feel is balanced, and offers insight and tangible suggestions on implementing my Vision Plan,” said Mayor Spicer. “There is a lot to be done as Framingham truly begins to function as a City, this report is a good first step in getting us there.”
The Transition Team focused on the areas identified by Mayor Spicer in her Vision Plan: 1. Smooth Transition to City Form of Government; 2. Excellence in Education and Schools; 3. Invigorating Our Economy: Planned Growth, Balanced Development; 4. Preservation of Assets, Resources and Quality of Life; and 5. Investing in Our People – to come up with a plan for executing her vision. Their suggestions include identifying key operational recommendations specified in the Framingham Charter, and those they feel should be implemented immediately for the Mayor to have the utmost success in her new role.
The Team states in their report, “These are our recommendations. It will be at the Mayor’s sole discretion to determine which ones to implement.” The Transition Team will not be making, or recommending, appointments for the Mayor’s administration as that is outside of the parameters of their role.
Robert Berman, President, Boston Technology Advisors
Virginia Betelli, Educator
Adam Blumer, Former Charter Commissioner and School Committee Member
Jessica DaSilva, Behavioral Health Care Coordinator, Advocates
Isabel Martinez Famania, Senior Educational Specialist, Boston Scientific
Michael Gatlin, Chair, Economic Development Industrial Company (EDIC)
Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook, Senior Vice President and University Chief of Staff, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
Kristina Johnson, Assistant Director, Planning and Community Development, Town of Hudson
Reverend J.A. Lloyd, Pastor, Greater Framingham Community Church
Kenneth Miller, Assistant Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
Susan Nicholl, Executive Director MetroWest Visitors Bureau
Reverend Dr. Sarai Rivera, Worcester City Councilor
Mayor Spicer’s City-wide Proposed Conversations
12 – Month Calendar
January Small Business and economic development
February Community Communication
March Health and Public Safety – opiod crisis, safety and walkability, etc.
April Affordability and taxes
May Preserving open spaces
June The way ahead: dealing with blighted plazas and code enforcement
July Traffic and transportation
August Neighborhood Services
September Innovation Taskforce
October Partnerships with businesses and our educational institutions
November Social Justice: what does it mean to proactively care for those less advantaged?
December Greener Framingham
Note: Topics are tentative and subject to change
For a printable press release and a copy of the Transition Report, click on the link below....