Monthly Newsletter
March 31, 2022 | In This Issue
Framingham Business Leaders Series:
Jannelle Codianni - ātac’s Executive Director
In this third installment of Framingham Business Leaders, Jannelle Codianni - Executive Director of ātac, an arts and music organization in downtown Framingham - joined us to talk about the organization and their experience in Framingham. The Business Leaders series focuses on video interviews with executives in Framingham where they discuss their insights into economic development in the City of Framingham.

In this segment, Jannelle Codianni speaks with Erika Oliver Jerram, Acting Director of the Division of Planning and Community Development, about the challenges they faced during the pandemic as a nonprofit organization that provides a venue for visual and performing artists. They also discuss the importance of small venues to the creative economy of the community, and how people can get involved with the organization, how the arts industry impacts economic development and what the future holds for ātac. Please watch the full video here.
City of Framingham Opens Applications for Restaurant Outdoor Dinning
The City of Framingham is currently accepting applications for outdoor restaurant dining. In order to ease the process, the Mayor has waived the application fee and eliminated some of the extra steps in the process to make it more accessible. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Council voted to approve permanent restaurant outdoor dining regulations. These regulations aim to optimize the utility of each respective site to add additional seating. This allows staff and customers to have more physical space reducing the chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

To apply, the restaurant must have met the requirements listed in this checklist from the Framingham Inspectional Services. Applications must be submitted electronically via thumb drive, compact disc or Internet drive files, such as Dropbox, to the Licensing office. For more information click here.
Get in Shape for the Spring
Framingham Earth Day Festival is Back
After cancelling the festival for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Framingham Earth Day Festival is back! Save the date to attend this year’s 10th festival, which will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Framingham Centre Common. 

The Earth Day Festival site says, “this year’s festival is focused on local groups, organizations and businesses whose primary mission is some aspect of environmental sustainability. Our goal is for everyone who attends the festival to be inspired to take actions, big or small, towards living more consciously upon this beautiful earth: our only home.”

There will also be recycling opportunities, including items such as TVs and refrigerators, and donations are encouraged. Kids activities will be offered as well as an opportunity for community involvement. If you would like to volunteer contact volunteerforearthday@gmail.com or sign up here

Visit their website to learn more about the festival and what it has to offer or follow them on Facebook. And remember “No one can do everything … but everyone can do something!”