Economic Development


The overall mission of economic development in Fitchburg is to strengthen and expand the city's commercial sector through support of existing businesses and attraction of new ones. The Division of Economic Development aims to: 

- Serve as first point of contact for all commercial enterprises

- Actively pair commercial users with strategic sites

- Establish a consistent, positive narrative articulating city's strongest assets

The Economic Development division of the Department of Community Deve​lopment is the main point of contact for all inquiries regarding the city's commercial sector. The staff specializes in business assistance programs and other initiatives aimed at commercial tax base growth and both the creation and retention of jobs locally. Consider this office as your best resource for guidance when doing business in the city.

After securing Community Compact grant funding from the Baker-Polito administration, the City of Fitchburg hired the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston to help develop a Strategic Plan for Economic Development. The work began with an Economic Trends report, which developed a data-informed analysis of the City’s current opportunities and constraints. The Trends Report then informed the Strategic Plan below. This Strategic Plan is the result of many months of work by residents, business leaders, City staff, and elected officials who came together to develop a vision for the economic future of Fitchburg and strategic goals and actions to help make that vision a reality. All goals and actions are designed to capitalize upon Fitchburg’s unique assets with the intent of positioning the city competitively within the region and beyond.