Prior to joining the WBDC in 2008, Julie worked for the City of Worcester in the Economic Development Division. Julie served as the Project Manager and was instrumental in the implementation of the Chapter 43D Expedited Permitting program for the City of Worcester. Additionally, Julie researched and developed new initiatives to address economic development priorities for the City.
Ms. Holstrom also served as a Legislative Director in the Massachusetts State Legislature. In this capacity, Julie developed legislation, as well as integrating district-specific and programmatic funding requests into the state budget. During her time with the Legislature, Julie served as the legislative liaison to the Ocean Management Taskforce and played a key role in drafting legislation related to environmental protections for Buzzards Bay, energy efficient technologies, and needle deregulation.
In her capacity as Senior Project Manager with the WBDC, Julie has successfully administered $1 million in Public Works Economic Development (PWED) grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as a $2 million grant from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. Ms. Holstrom serves as the Senior Project Manager for the remediation and redevelopment of the former Worcester Telegram & Gazette building, located in Downtown Worcester. Julie successfully secured grant and loan funds from the City of Worcester and the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist in the remediation of this facility.
With her extensive knowledge of municipal and state government, as well as her experience in economic development, Julie’s ability to effectively and efficiently manage projects makes her a true asset to the WBDC.
Julie received her BA from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.