Chamber Partners with City for the Block Parties

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Mayor Announces Partnership with Cape Ann Chamber
Chamber to take over coordination of annual city block parties

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced recently that the City will be partnering with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce in order to coordinate the downtown block parties this year.

As the residents of Gloucester know well, the annual block parties are a festive and busy time. For years, they were overseen by volunteers. During that time, the block parties have grown drawing more and more people to the downtown area. This year is not expected to be any different. In order to maximize the opportunity that the block parties present and to ensure that participation and revenues continue to grow, the City has enlisted the help of the Cape Ann Chamber and its business membership to promote and serve all those who will attend.

“The annual block parties are an important time for Gloucester to shine,” said Mayor Theken. “This was a perfect transition for us to the Chamber because the Chamber has the interest and the resources needed to continue to grow the block parties. I would like to wish them luck; I can’t wait for summer!”

“We look forward to working with the City to make the Block Parties better than ever”, said Ken Riehl, CEO of the Chamber. “We hope to bring a renewed energy to this great tradition!”

Save the Dates for the 2016 Block Parties: Saturday, July 16 & August 20, and Friday, September 2.
About the City of Gloucester

America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of about 30,000 residents. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester also is proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage as one of the premier art colonies in the United States. In addition, the city is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summertime. In recent years, Gloucester has been actively diversifying its traditional maritime economy, adding leading small research institutions such as the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Laboratory and the Ocean Alliance to the array of local businesses and state and federal agencies working in the city. Recent advancements in Gloucester include new investments in marine robotics and new product development from the fishery.