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Walsh outlines ‘customer-friendly’ vision for business

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today he will set aside space for business startups in the new headquarters for the Boston public schools, hire a zoning czar to take a comprehensive look at Boston’s building codes, and add a chief digital officer to upgrade Boston’s website and work with the city’s cable television station.

In a speech to more than 500 business leaders at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Walsh vowed that his new administration would usher in a new era of cooperation at City Hall.

“Our goal is to be just as customer-friendly as you are in your businesses,” Walsh told the crowd at the Westin Copley Place hotel. “If you are looking for an opportunity to grow in the City of Boston, we are not your adversary; we are your partner. The effect of this new tone is clear. We have green-lighted smart new development at an unprecedented rate. Growth is soaring, all over the city: in the Innovation District and Downtown; in the South End and in Roxbury.”

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.
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