The City of Fitchburg’s eCarenomics Initiative will aim to make the North of Main neighborhood a place where residents choose to live, work, and invest. Residents and other stakeholders will assess both assets and barriers related to the areas of health, education, public safety, economic development, housing, and community engagement in order to develop a new strategic neighborhood plan. A regular eCarenomics report card will be published, measuring multiple indicators to promote accountability. The initiative will integrate cross-sector collaboration with such partners as the Montachusett Opportunity Council, Twin Cities Community Development Corporation, Fitchburg State University, Workers Credit Union, and Resource Management Solutions Inc.
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Water power and railroad lines were the original sources of Fitchburg's industrial era prosperity. The mills and factories that produced paper, tools, firearms, bicycles, and motorcycles are almost all gone. Health care, education, and light manufacturing now provide most of the employment opportunities. And the commuter rail line that connects Fitchburg to Boston has helped to attract homebuyers.
Census data show that Fitchburg's population peaked in 1970 at 43,343 and then declined somewhat to 40,318 in 2010.
|Persons under 18 years||22.9%||21.7%|
|Persons 65 years and over||12.4%||13.8%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.3%||0.3%|
|Black or African-American alone||5.1%||6.6%|
|Hispanic or Latino||21.6%||9.6%|
|Two or more races||3.7%||2.6%|
|White alone (not Hispanic or Latino)||68.2%||76.1%|
"Nestled among rolling hills, in the valley along a branch of the Nashua River, Fitchburg illustrates the almost inevitable trend of many Massachusetts cities which, after more than a century's existence as small agricultural hamlets, were transformed in a few years into industrial cities."
According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2007-2011, 10.9% of Fitchburg residents are foreign born, compared with 14.7% statewide.
Educational attainment in the city is rising rapidly. Additionally, the American Community Survey shows that:
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, as of June 2013, Fitchburg’s unemployment rate was 10.9%, compared with 7.4% statewide. Researchers at Clark University report that the top five employers are:
In addition to being a major employer, Fitchburg State University maintains an active community outreach program that includes:
Lisa Wong, the first minority in the post of Fitchburg mayor, was elected at the age of 28 and has attracted attention for her energetic innovations, such as a “street mayor’’ program to use engaged and alert residents for block-by-block improvement.