Mayor Spicer’s “Promises Kept” and most significant accomplishments during her first term as mayor

Responding to COVID

  • Responded swiftly to the COVID-19 pandemic: reorganized city functions, mounted a city-wide campaign to respond, educate, and track the progress in fighting the pandemic
  • Opened testing sites and organized vaccination events for our most vulnerable residents
  • Redefined engagement with our older adults in the face of the pandemic: phone health checks and expanding the access to virtual content and programming
  • $27 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Joe Biden, will soon pour into Framingham
  • Enabled restaurants to reopen as quickly as possible, made temporary outdoor seating possible, and reduced/waived fees
  • Established the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program to assist our small businesses during the pandemic and moved online the fee payment for certain services.

Smooth Transition to City Form of Government

  • Released a long-range Strategic Plan in 2020 as required by the Charter
  • Defended and upheld the City Charter in transitioning from a town-form of government to a city-form of government.
  • Hired Citizen Participation Officer
  • Consistently met in person or online with Framingham residents
  • Improved efficiency, transparency, and data access to the community by partnering with OpenGov, a cloud software company

Excellence in Education and Schools

  • Advocated for state funding of the new Fuller Middle School
  • Advocated for the Student Opportunity Act for an update in the foundation budget categories and infusion of funding
  • Supported robust teaching and learning especially throughout the pandemic as we transitioned to remote learning
  • Consistently provided a robust budget for the school department to ensure there’s resources to maintain quality education in our district

Invigorating Our Economy: Planned Growth, Balanced Development

  • Established a Traffic Commission and initiated Nobscot intersection improvements
  • Cleaned up the General Chemical site at 133-135 Leland Street
  • Secured federal funding for the upcoming Union avenue roadway improvements
  • Established a Framingham Sustainability Committee and hired Framingham’s first Sustainability Coordinator

Preservation of Assets, Resources and Quality of Life

  • Negotiated a fair contract for Framingham police officers and superior officers
  • Signed Joint Order to Review and Adopt Common Sense Reforms to the Use of Force Policies of the Framingham Police Department
  • Signed Joint Order Declaring Racism an Emergency and Public Health Crisis in the City of Framingham
  • Stabilized Framingham’s AA Credit Rating despite the water-sewer deficit we experienced Framingham’s credit rating has remained favorable despite water and sewer crisis
  • Supported the Community Preservation Act that was adopted by voters in 2020
  • Building of the Irving Street pocket park and the design development of a dog park is underway

Investing in Our People

  • Recruited more diverse staff across the municipal organization and the city’s boards and commissions
  • Promoted first African American to serve in the role of Framingham Police Chief
  • Recruited and hired Framingham’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
  • Initiated a women and families working group to address issues like paid leave, fair and equitable wages, childcare, and after-school programs