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 Policy Order Resolution
  June 2, 2014

WHEREAS: In January 2013, Central Square was one of four locations in Massachusetts to be named a State Designated Cultural District. This designation was due its diverse mixture of small, independently-owned shops, creative start-ups, arts and entertainment venues, ethnic restaurants, and being the site of annual events like Dance Party and the Cambridge Science Festival; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge and the Central Square Business Association actively sought this designation, as it was hoped that it would help Central Square attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business and job growth, expand tourism, and foster local cultural development; and  
WHEREAS: Central Square is one of just fourteen Cultural District locations in the Commonwealth. These designations come up for review every five years, and if the City does not take certain actions to ensure that Central Square capitalizes on and enhances its reputation as a Cultural District, it may lose that designation in 2018; now therefore be it 


That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with the appropriate City Personnel and with the Central Square Business Association in order to establish a Central Square Action Team that will be charged with recommending and helping implement strategies that will help Central Square to capitalize on and enhance its designation as a Cultural District in the months and years to come; and be it further 


That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on a timeline for the launch of this action team.    

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