Carpp and Silver visited more than 400 companies and attended more than 15 conferences to meet the individuals that search for places for companies to locate, Mr.
Carpp said Choose Worcester still has active leads it was pursuing, information that will be transferred to the city manager's economic development office.
Carpp, president and CEO of Choose Worcester, sits in his office in the Sovereign Bank building in Worcester.
said he's familiar with residents' frugal image but hasn't experienced it from a business standpoint.
Carpp's conviction that CitySquare's success is pivotal to Worcester's future, the $563 million project, which includes the former Worcester Common Outlets mall, remains stalled four years after its conception, as project developer Berkeley Investments struggles to secure tenants.
Carpp believes that with developments such as improved commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston, Worcester is better placed than ever to persuade new companies to fill the vacant space.
What matters now is what we can do for Worcester." The task will not be easy, and Oley Carpp knows it.
Carpp was recruited by headhunters and came aboard in August.
Carpp, the process has been focused mostly on finding a home and surveying his future office.
Carpp and Choose Worcester, local business and government officials are betting that a concerted focus on employers and the consultants who serve them will help bring businesses and jobs to the city.
Carpp, who inked a three-year contract, works for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and will retire this summer as executive director of the department's Office of Strategic Competitiveness, Mr.
Carpp has a master's degree in public administration from the University of New Haven and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut.