In March, Downtown Framingham, Inc. welcomed its new executive director, Anthony Lucivero, who took over for the departing Courtney Thraen. Choose Framingham caught up with Anthony to learn more about who he is and what his vision is for the organization that does so much to promote Framingham’s thriving Downtown neighborhood.
Tell us a little bit about your background. What did you do before becoming executive director for Downtown Framingham, Inc. (DFI)?
I grew up in Worcester, and studied Political Science at UMass Amherst. I then went on to study something completely different (Environmental Management) at Harvard Extension School for my master’s degree. I’ve worked in a few non-profits, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, doing transportation planning work. I also worked in restaurants starting when I was 18 to support myself during school, and I credit that experience for instilling a lot of life lessons in me.
What is DFI’s mission and programs?
DFI’s mission is all about making Downtown Framingham a place where people want to live, work, and play! Our programs are always evolving to fit the needs of the community, but our main focuses are to support Downtown businesses, and enact placemaking and community building projects. The great thing about DFI is that we are able to interface directly with the residents. In my past life working for the federal government, I missed that personal connection to my work, and it’s great to have that here.
What will your key priorities be for Downtown Framingham?
My number one priority is to help Downtown businesses recover from the pandemic, which involves working with businesses directly to apply for government funding and keeping them informed about those programs. I’ll also be bringing attention to Downtown Framingham as a destination; there’s so much to do here, and it’s a great place to do business!
How is DFI helping the neighborhood address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic?
One of the things we’ve been focusing on is helping business owners navigate the application processes for numerous recovery programs, such as the small business grants through the city. I’m also assisting restaurants in updating their Common Victualer’s licenses to permanently add outdoor seating to their floor plans. There’s a lot of legwork involved with these applications, and many small business owners just don’t have the time to do it alone.
What are your favorite things to do in Framingham in general?
Meeting everyone! I’ve also been enjoying walking around and getting the lay of the land these past few months. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ve been grabbing some lunch (Kous-Kous is my favorite!) and eating on the Downtown common on nice days.
What should Choose Framingham’s readers be looking for next when it comes to DFI’s work and/or programming?
I’m really looking forward to when we can have in-person events again. I have some exciting ideas in the works for when that happens, so stay tuned to our social media and subscribe to our newsletter!
Anything we missed?
Shout out to my predecessor, Courtney Thraen! Her impact on the community was huge, and everyone I meet Downtown always has something great to say about how much she helped them. I hope I can live up to that legacy!
To learn more about Downtown Framingham, Inc. please visit them at their website.