Saturday, November 10, 2012
As you may know, in 2010 as a result of the efforts of the Patrick-Murray Administration, Worcester Airport was sold by the City of Worcester to MassPort. The intent of this transfer was to accelerate development at the airport and expand aviation services to the Central Massachusetts Region by leveraging MassPort’s airline contacts and expertise. Last week, I was proud to join Congressman McGovern, Rectrix executives, and officials from the City of Worcester and MassPort to announce that Rectrix, a premium private jet and aircraft management company, would be the official service provider at Worcester Regional Airport.
The company won a multi-million dollar contract from MassPort to develop world class fixed-base operations (FBO) services at both Worcester Regional Airport and Hanscom Field. This new development will create over 100 new jobs to include flight crews, mechanics, and ramp workers. Rectrix has also announced that they will be investing $5 million to develop 27,000 square feet of hangar and office space at the Worcester airport. This project is to be completed within 2 years and all of the buildings will be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
On a side note, former Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, who serves as an ambassador for Rectrix and believes in Massachusetts businesses, was also at the announcement. I remember going to the Worcester Public Library as kid in the mid-1970s with my brand new library card and checking out my first book, a book about Bobby Orr. His hard work and determination made him one of the greatest players to ever play hockey. Good hockey players know where they puck is, great hockey players anticipate where the puck is going to be. Obviously Bobby Orr and Rectrix, along with JetBlue’s interest in Worcester Regional Airport, anticipate that the aviation puck is coming to Central Massachusetts soon. This will be a “goal” for the entire Commonwealth.
As always thank you for your time and support.
Lt. Governor Tim Murray
Sunday, November 4, 2012
As we get closer to Election Day, I'd like to tell your readers about a great experience I had, working with Barbara L'Italien, candidate for State Representative in my district.
About three years ago, my neighborhood found out that a cell phone tower was going to be built on our street. Abutters had not been notified. We were concerned for many reasons, including possible consequences for public health, neighborhood aesthetics, and effect on property values.
I remember feeling pretty powerless at the time. Here we were, a group of neighbors up against a large company connected to a large industry with lots of leverage and money at their disposal.
Our neighborhood group knew that only by working together with our State Representative could we stop the tower, so we contacted Barbara L'Italien. I had met Barbara before, and found her to be a warm, sensitive, and genuinely sincere individual. But now our group was asking Barbara to go to bat for us against a big company. As events progressed, I was extremely impressed to see that Barbara was someone who could conduct business in a cool, efficient, and powerful manner, without sacrificing any of her personal integrity, and without hurting anyone in the process. She approached our problem in a balanced fashion, working alongside both local citizens and state agencies.
To make a long story short, our neighborhood won the battle, due in no small part to the efforts of Barbara L'Italien. I will never forget the combination of personal integrity and the powerful use of public office that Barbara exemplified in this event. I'm urging everyone in our district to vote for Barbara L'Italien in the coming election.