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|Graduate Degree: Northeaster University
Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern University
Area of Interest: Economic Development Issues
Mentors: Stephanie Bloch, Boston Municipal Research Bureau
Agency: Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Supervisor: Larry Field, Special initiatives and Project Manager
Project Description: This summer Abadur had the opportunity to work at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Housing and community Development (http://www.mass.gov/hed/economic/eohed/dhcd/). The Commonwealth’s secretary of housing and economic development Gregory Bialecki planned a series of events to highlight the development opportunities in the communities of ‘Metro North’. The ‘Metro North’ communities include Boston neighborhoods East Boston and Charlestown; and cities including Chelsea, Winthrop, Revere, Everett, Medford, Malden and Somerville. This purpose of the tour is to highlight opportunities in the region, where lower land costs, a history of mixed-use development and a desire to grow will help create housing, jobs and foster economic vitality. His role was to assist in coordinating the tour and to identify housing opportunities, creative and innovative businesses in ‘Metro North’ communities, and draft event briefs for Secretary Bialecki. He drafted a PowerPoint presentation showing collaboration between EOHED, EOEEA and MassDOT, and other materials for the Multi-Family Housing Summit (http://www.mass.gov/hed/economic/initiatives/housingthatworks/multi-family-housing-summit.html). Assisted with developing and mailing building permit survey for tracking Governor Patrick’s 10,000 multi-family housing goal. He identified housing opportunities for the task force DHCD is leading comprised of public and quasi-public housing agencies. Additionally he had the opportunity to attend three conferences: 1) Planning ahead for growth 2) Planning & Community Development Conference 2013 (http://www.mass.gov/hed/community/assistance-training/planning-and-community-development-conference-2013.html) 3) Multi Family Housing Summit.