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2024 Power 100: Timothy Murray

A man in a black suit and red and white striped tie with crossed arms Photo I Courtesy of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Timothy Murray
Timothy Murray Title President & CEO Company Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, in Worcester Employees 13 Residence Worcester Colleges Fordham University, Western New England University School of Law Read all the Power 100 profiles here
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A longtime inside power broker in Worcester and beyond, Timothy Murray pushes hard for economic development, with his latest efforts including the launch of a news organization and the development of a fund for workforce development.

Murray started his professional career at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. His first chamber job, well before becoming the head of the organization in 2013, was as a mail clerk and courier while attending St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury.

After becoming a partner in the Worcester firm Tattan, Leonard and Murray, he worked in public service as Worcester mayor and then Massachusetts lieutenant governor. Now at the chamber, Murray has channeled his drive to elevate Worcester into a multifaceted economic development approach, which bills itself as New England’s largest, serving 2,100 members from 35 cities and towns.

Murray has sought to meet the challenges facing the region through collaboration with city leaders. In the past year, those efforts included the September launch of the Worcester Guardian, a nonprofit news organization started with $50,000 from the chamber in what the organization said was an effort to address the decline in local journalism. In March, the chamber created an economic development and workforce training fund, which has raised $2.5 million against a $3-million goal for 2025. The fund can be used for one-time initiatives, projects, and consulting services. Rounding out Murray’s most recent initiatives are a concept plan linking neighborhoods to downtown Worcester to inform public discourse on the topic; and efforts to support the regional workforce with more childcare options through the Massachusetts Business Coalition for Early Childhood Education. 

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