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Updated: May 1, 2023 / Power 50 for 2023

2023 Power 50: Timothy Murray

A photo of Timothy Murray PHOTO | Courtesy of Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Timothy Murray, president & CEO of Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been named to more WBJ Power lists than any other Central Massachusetts professional.
Timothy Murray Title President & CEO Company Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Residence Worcester College Fordham University in New York, Western New England School of Law in Springfield Read all the 2023 Power 50 profiles here
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Timothy Murray is approaching 10 years leading the Worcester regional chamber, a powerhouse chamber in New England serving more than 150 communities in the region and 2,300 members.

Formerly Massachusetts lieutenant governor working alongside then-Gov. Deval Patrick, Murray knows what makes Massachusetts tick. Even more so, Murray gets Worcester. A lifelong resident of the city, he was mayor for three terms during an important period for Worcester’s economy. With that background, Murray and the Worcester chamber partner with seven other local affiliate chambers. Added to the list in 2022 were LABO: Latin American Business Organization and the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, which will now both benefit from the programming and advocacy work spearheaded in Worcester.

Each year, the Worcester chamber takes part in organizing more than 200 events for its members, which create countless network connections and push forward favorable, business-friendly public policy initiatives in the interest of bolstering the economy and job creation.

The chamber's annual revenue hovers in the high $2-million range, according to ProPublica records, up significantly from 2012, before Murray began, when it did not crest $1.5 million.

In 2022, the chamber worked in collaboration with the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to secure federal and state dollars to build a permanent location for the Food Hub at Union Station, which serves area farmers and has helped launch hundreds of food-related businesses, a significant number of which are owned by women and people of color.

How should professionals best use the power they wield? “Try to be a good listener, compromise, and collaborate wherever possible.”

Paperboy: Murray was a newspaper carrier for the “Worcester Evening Gazette and Sunday Telegram.”

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