Tsongas to Lead Haverhill Chamber Economic Development Forum

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will be the principal speaker when the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce hosts an economic development symposium next month.

“Rising with the Tides—Making the Most of the Mighty Merrimack,” focused on highlighting the progressive changes and opportunities that surround Haverhill and the region, takes place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at Roma Restaurant, 29 Middlesex St., Haverhill.

“Harnessing those resources to attract new business, support citizens and launch further recreational opportunities will be covered during panel discussions,” a chamber statement said. Tsongas, will highlight regional efforts, while Mayor James J. Fiorentini will present updates on projects within the city.

Other speakers include Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury Jr., leading a discussion of Harbor Place, waterfront zoning, Transformative Development Initiative and site selection and mixed use Development; Pentucket Bank President Scott Cote, leading a talk on education, transportation—including bikes, trails, trains and taxis; and Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives discussing river mapping, marinas, boat launches and tourism opportunities.

Tickets are $30 and may be obtained by calling (978) 373-5663 or emailing [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Tsongas to Lead Haverhill Chamber Economic Development Forum

  1. “Fiorentini will present updates on projects within the city.”

    This failure is right out of The Beatles song ‘Taxman’….Let me make it easy and provide the update here on what he’s done for the city while being involved in politics.

    ~He advocated for the purchase and then sale of Hale Hospital leaving the city $100Million in debt.
    ~Created parking taxes downtown, which he is aggressively trying to raise.
    ~Bought a city vehicle and hired employees to drive around downtown to ticket as many cars as possible
    ~Created a meals tax on restaurants throughout the city
    ~Hired Trash Police to go door to door to fine people for not putting garbage at the street correctly
    ~Increases property taxes 2.5% EVERY year
    ~Increased water rates
    ~Increased sewer rates
    ~Inconvenienced visitors and business owners downtown to make a few thousand dollars from a movie studio
    ~Double dipping on all youth sports leagues by charging a fee to use fields they have already paid to maintain
    ~Charges a fee to park in a garage downtown taxpayers paid to build
    ~Charges a fee to drop recycling items off at DPW that he turns around and sells at a profit
    ~Entered into private sector investment with Harbor Place using taxpayer funding
    ~Kept 29 city employee felons on the city payroll after they committed larceny of over $54,000.00
    ~Allowed a city cop to easily retire after he was found to be literally sleeping every night while on duty
    ~He even clear cut a forest to raise a few thousand dollars

    Haverhill’s lying, conniving, secretive Taxman is right out of the Beatles song when they sing…
    “Don’t ask me what I want it for, if you don’t want to pay some more”

  2. Great! Let’s see how Tsongas believes in “economic development” shall we?

    – Voice votes in the unanimous vote for CONgress Members be exempt from insider trading requirements
    – Voice votes unanimously for MERS (which thankfully Obama vetoed)
    – Authored legislation so that the military must subsidize New Balance
    – Voted for ACA (a health insurers dream come true) – Anyone get that $2500.00 or premium reduction yet?

    Yep. That’s “free markets” for you in the name of “economic development”. Of course, this doesn’t include were well heeled campaign donors in the defense industry in The Merrimack Valley. Helping the endless war in The Middle East where our sons and daughters are sent to die nearing three decades. Of course when you ask her directly on some of her votes, he reply is: “It was a confusing time.” That’s my CONgress Member, voting on legislation she neither read, wrote, or even understands. But hey, not only is it profitable, but it keeps people employed at others expense. Brilliant.