Quincy Mayor Tom Koch spoke on “Empowering Immigrant Communities in Quincy: Difficulties, Opportunities and Civic Engagement” at the Asian American Civic Association Summer 2012 Community Forum on July 12. Over 75 Chinatown and Quincy residents as well as community leaders attended the meeting.
“Quincyis the fastest growing Asian community in Massachusetts with 24 percent of its population being Asian,” said Mary Chin, President of the Asian American Civic Association. “It is important for the people to know what plans and projects are going on in the city and how they can participate.”
Being born and raised inQuincyas a third-generation German American, Koch emphasized his immigrant roots as a personal connection to the large immigrant community residing inQuincysince the 1920s. He suggested that similar to all communities, education, safety and public transportation have always been the main concerns forQuincyresidents.
Koch went on to discuss the “New Quincy Center” project and its impacts on the economic development of the city. As part of the Quincy Center reconstruction project, at least three twenty-story buildings will begin construction around February and March of 2013.
The budget of the project is estimated to be $1.6 billion and it will create approximately 15,000 jobs in seven years for the city, among which 4,000 will be construction jobs, and at least 25 percent of those jobs will hire local residents.
“Quincy is always on the move”, said Koch, who believed the project will boost the local economy.
Koch also wanted to encourage the Asian community to participate in local politics.
He stated that during the mayor election last year, only 1,000 out of 6,000 registered Asian voters voted.
“I look forward seeing the Asian Community to be active and involved in politics,” said Koch.
During the discussion section, representatives from South Cove Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and South Cove Medical Center especially thanked the mayor for his support of their facility expansion projects in Quincy.
Koch also answered questions raised by representatives from different organizations and local residents.
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