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|Graduate Degree: MIT
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard College
Areas of interest: Land-use planning
Agency: Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Supervisor: Greg Bialecki, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Project description: Benjamin Solomon-Schwartz spent a productive summer at the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office, housed within the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Working with Greg Bialecki, the state's first permitting ombudsman, Solomon-Schwartz completed several projects that contribute to the primary goal of the MPRO: streamlining the state's development permitting processes in order to foster economic development within the context of the Governor Patrick's sustainability principles. Solomon-Schwartz's primary projects were the creation of a guide to existing state permitting processes for development projects and the creation of a roadmap for one-stop permitting in the Commonwealth. He was also fortunate to be exposed to the other projects of the office, including the South Coast Rail initiative, state zoning reform efforts, and assistance to individual projects navigating the permitting process.