HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Newly-elected Mayor Joshua Garcia introduced his transition team to the public for the first time Tuesday evening.

The 14-person team is lead by current Director of the Holyoke Office of Planning and Economic Development Aaron Vega. It was formed on November 15 with the goal of establishing a set of Advisory Councils for the mayor.

It will dissolve by the end of the year, but those Advisory Councils they create will remain active to ensure the community is involved in the mayor’s deliberations.

Mayor Garcia says the transition team is meeting on a weekly basis through the end of the year. Their priorities include, housing, economic development, public safety, trash pickup in the city, as well as infrastructure.

The key focus of this is to make sure that equity and inclusion is at the forefront. We want to be sure that we are achieving our equity goals as we establish these groups to help advise the mayor’s office on how to move forward on key specific objectives in our community.

Joshua Garcia, Mayor of Holyoke

Another focus for the transition team is creating a tourism advisory group, focusing on marketing and tourism of Holyoke. The chair of the team told 22News they want to promote their local restaurants, as well as draw more crowds to local attractions like the children’s museum and create a big comeback for the Saint Patrick’s Parade.