Mayor Walsh announces Rory Cuddyer as startup manager
March 2, 2015
At his January State of the City Address, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the creation of StartHub, a regional program to support the startup community and help entrepreneurs grow their ideas and businesses in Boston. Rory Cuddyer, a member of Mayor Walsh’s administration, who previously served as advisor to Chief of Staff Dan Koh, has been selected to lead this effort under the direction of the Chief of Economic Development John Barros and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA’s Board of Director’s approved Rory’s hire at its meeting last Thursday.
“I am excited for Rory to take on this new challenge. He has been a valuable asset on my team, and his experience working with businesses and helping to shape our economic development policy make him an ideal fit for the role,” said Mayor Walsh. “Startups should be able to thrive in every neighborhood of Boston, not just a select few. Rory will help us realize our vision for spreading this entrepreneurial spirit across the city.”
In his role as startup manager, Rory will work with higher education institutions, incubator programs, startups, and community development organizations to create partnerships to improve business conditions in Boston. He will serve as the Mayor’s liaison to the startup community and existing innovation centers, such as District Hall in the South Boston Waterfront and the soon-to-open incubator space in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. He will also coordinate with the city’s Main Streets program to support outreach to local small businesses.
In addition to making policy recommendations and providing outreach to key stakeholders and residents, Rory will be tasked with establishing and maintaining a database of commercial real estate brokers, developers, and landowners to help fledgling businesses find office space.
“I have seen firsthand the impact that Mayor Walsh believes the startup community in Boston and the surrounding region will have on our economic growth for years to come,” said Cuddyer. “I look forward to working in tandem with the community to ensure that the needs of startups are understood and that our policies contribute to and assist in the innovation economy’s continued growth.
Rory previously advised on the process to secure an operator for the Roxbury Innovation Center in the Bolling Municipal Building. He also coordinated with several city departments to develop the initial foundation for StartHub, and he has assisted Chief Barros in creating a clear and strong vision for economic development in Boston.
Rory is a graduate of Boston College and lives in South Boston. He currently serves as the Mayor’s Office representative to the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) Board of Directors.