21st Century Corporation, a public-private partnership that
serves as the economic development arm of city government, hired
The Keefe Company, working with Frederic R. Harris, Inc., to develop
an action plan to revitalize the city. The eight-point action
plan, released in early 2001, called for improvements in housing,
transportation, parks, and educational facilities, and the construction
of a minor league baseball stadium.
new Campanelli Stadium, home of the Brockton
Rox of the independent Northern League, opened in May 2002.
Efforts are underway to carry out other elements
of the eight-point plan.
The Keefe Company also produced a redevelopment
plan and implementation strategy to transform the former King
Size factory site into the downtown Montello Industrial Park.
Mayor John T. Yunitz, Jr., has said that
"Frank Keefe was instrumental in helping us keep the Foot
Joy Shoe Company in Brockton. The plan he prepared for the City's
21st Century Corporation has become the foundation for the City's
total revitalization effort, including the new minor
league baseball stadium that opened this year, as well as
the cornerstone for new downtown housing initiatives. His efforts
helped consolidate business and the community, driving this momentum
towards a new outlook on the potential for our City. Frank is
a great friend of the City of Champions. He truly has been one
of our Champions."