Michitson recently led a competition for new companies that was designed to show that Haverhill welcomes start-ups and manufacturing companies. The winner took home $10,000 and runner-ups received free technology and electronic parts from Lightspeed Manufacturing in Ward Hill.
Michitson helped create a business incubator in the Burgess Business Center downtown, which is currently home to 32 small businesses. He said he is currently working on a grant proposal for a business mentoring center being considered by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
“The city of Haverhill needs a diversity of relevant ideas turned into programs and solutions to take Haverhill to the next level,” Michitson said. “The council must build on its success in being proactive thought leaders in the city. We must drive the agenda in 2014-2015 to address public safety, bring industry to Haverhill, update our infrastructure in an efficient and cost-effective manner and support public education.”
In the prior year, Michitson said the council worked well with residents, city workers and Fiorentini to improve the city in many areas.
“The City Council, working with citizens, employees and Mayor Fiorentini, has led action to fight crime in the Mount Washington neighborhood, bring jobs of the future to Haverhill, renovate the stadium, replace fire pumper trucks, light downtown alleys for visitors’ nighttime safety, upgrade Winnekenni park, and increase funding for building maintenance and capital improvements, to name a few,” Michitson said. “We must build on this success as leaders in the city to take Haverhill to the next level.”