Woburn Redevelopment Authority

Tina Cassidy
WRA Administrator

Dan Orr
Planner/Grant Writer

Woburn Redevelopment Authority
P.O. Box 72
Woburn, MA 01801

Local Rapid Recovery Planning (LRRP) Program

The City of Woburn is one of 125 communities across the Commonwealth selected to participate in the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) Local Rapid Recovery Program (LRRP), which is designed to assist Woburn Center businesses plan for a future beyond the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will feature a partnership between economic development consultant Goman+York, the Office of Mayor Scott Galvin, the Woburn Redevelopment Authority, and the Chamber of Commerce. The end product of this initiative, expected in September of 2021, will be the creation of a plan that identifies and recommends short-term and intermediate term actions and investments to increase downtown foot traffic and improve outcomes in the public and private realms, including revenue and sales, administrative capacity, tenant mix and cultural/arts.

If you have any questions please contact City Planner/Grant Writer Dan Orr at [email protected] or 781-897-5816.

 

MICROENTERPRISE GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW

Mayor Scott Galvin and the City of Woburn wish to alert the business community to two sources of grant funds which are currently, or soon will be, available to certain small businesses.

Individual grants of up to $10,000 are available to commercial enterprises that have five (5) or fewer employees (1 or more of whom owns the enterprise) and which are for-profit entities. Approximately $275,000 remains available to support small businesses that have physical locations in the City of Woburn.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (“MGCC”) is administering and overseeing the grant program. Applications must be made online and submitted directly to MGCC via electronic submission. The application form and instructions are available at https://massgcc.submittable.com/submit. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

OTHER GRANT INFORMATION AVAILABLE

Massachusetts Growth Capital Commission has compiled a list of resources to help businesses find technical and financial assistance during the pandemic. Please use this link to access a wealth of information about various government grant and loan programs as well as training and counseling sessions:

https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/covid-19-response/small-business-resources

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The Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) is an independent municipal urban renewal authority established by the City of Woburn in 1961 in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 121B.  The WRA is governed by five members, four of whom are appointed by the Mayor and one by the Governor.  The Authority functions as the City’s community development agency under an agreement with the City of Woburn executed in 2000.

 

Meeting Dates & Information

The WRA typically meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Committee Room on the first floor of City Hall.

2021 Proposed WRA Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday January 26th
  • Tuesday February 23rd
  • Tuesday March 16th
  • Tuesday April 27th
  • Tuesday May 25th
  • Tuesday June 22nd
  • Tuesday September 28th
  • Tuesday October 26th
  • Tuesday November 23rd
  • Tuesday December 14th

Board Members

Donald Queenin, Chair (gubernatorial appointment)

Gary Fuller, Vice-Chair

Arthur Duffy, Treasurer

David Ryan, Assistant Treasurer

Wayne McDaniel, Secretary

Staff

Tina Cassidy

WRA Administrator

Dan Orr

City Planner / Grant Writer

Karen Smith

Planner