Whole Foods recently announced the relocation of their Regional Headquarters from Cambridge to Marlborough. The Rockport Group recently opened their new global headquarters in Newton. GE Healthcare Life Sciences opened their North American headquarters in Marlborough. Clark’s Americas moved to Waltham last fall. Was Framingham ever in the running for any of these opportunities? Probably not.
Framingham never had a seat at the table or a voice in those conversations. Yes, we have Staples, TJX, Bose, and others who chose Framingham in the 1980s and ’90s when our municipal government was less bloated and easier to work with. However, we’ve simply outgrown our current form of government and too frequently find ourselves unable to be nimble when opportunities arise. Opportunities which can substantially impact the tax burden of our residents.
We have outstanding volunteers who facilitate our town government. But voting on a permit for a drive-through, administering liquor licenses, or approving the purchase of a new garbage truck car simply doesn’t move a community forward. The true opportunities (when we even know about them) are bogged down in committees while other communities are taking action.
It’s time to update Framingham’s form of government to embrace the challenges and opportunities before us. I encourage you to vote Yes on April 4th.