Troubled Fall River to get outside advice

Fall River, Massachusetts Megan Woolhouse The Boston Globe May 27, 2014 Economic Development

Despite numerous efforts to boost its economy and city finances, Fall River remains a struggling factory town, its unemployment rate among the highest in the state.

Now, the city is one of five in the United States participating in a pilot program of the Obama administration that parachutes specialists into communities with seemingly intractable economic problems to help develop a plan for revitalization.

Under the so-called National Resource Network, an “assessment team” of consultants visited Fall River for two days in May to meet with its mayor, schools superintendent, and other city officials and business leaders and to kick off a discussion about the problems.