Processing Your Payment

Please do not leave this page until complete. This can take a few moments.

November 27, 2013

McGourthy Leaving City Hall To Lead Research Bureau

Timothy McGourthy

Timothy McGourthy, Worcester’s point man on economic development, will leave his City Hall post to become executive director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, the bureau announced Tuesday.

McGourthy, the city’s chief development officer, will succeed the retiring Roberta Schaefer beginning in February, the bureau said in a statement.

“We believe that Tim’s extensive research and policy experience, along with his experience in working to collaborate with both public and private entities, make him a perfect choice to take the WRRB into the future,” said Karen Duffy, chairman of the WRRB board of directors.

The WRRB said Schaefer will remain in her role at the nonprofit until McGourthy takes over.

McGourthy called the new job a “great opportunity,” yet called his pending departure “bittersweet.”

“We moved a lot of things forward and I’m proud of that,” he said this morning. ““I leave it in a good place.”

As the city’s chief development officer since 2006, McGourthy also served as CEO of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority. He previously worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority as its director of policy. McGourthy’s accomplishments in Worcester include the development of CitySquare, Gateway Park and other sites in and around the downtown area.

“I have known Tim for many years and have the highest regard for him both personally and as a professional,” said Brian W. Thompson, president of Commerce Bank and Trust and a vice president of the WRRB board said in the research board’s statement. “His knowledge of the city and the region will be most helpful in his new role.”

McGourthy holds a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard, as well as a master’s in government from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. He was a Worcester Business Journal “40 Under Forty” honoree in 2009.

The research bureau’s announcement comes a week after City Manager Michael O’Brien announced he will leave in early January to become a vice president with The Winn Cos., a Boston-based real estate developer.

Read more

Worcester Leaders Laud Work Of Departing Officials

Sign up for Enews

WBJ Web Partners

Related Content


Order a PDF