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Graduate Degree: University of Massachusetts, Boston
Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Area of Interest: Economic Development
Mentors: Phil Puccia, JP Morgan Securities and Colleen Dawicki, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Supervisor: Jay Ash, Secretary of Economic Development
Project Description: During his summer as a Rappaport Fellow, James worked with Secretary Jay Ash in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on a number of projects with a primary focus on leadership and development in Gateway Cities. His main project for the summer was working with EOHED and state and local representatives from Lynn, Mass. on the ongoing redevelopment of the city’s waterfront area. This involved research of past initiatives, plans, and legislation, the creation of a property owners map, and convening meetings and site visits to the area. A second major project was the creation of an Economic Development Rural Community Go Team program to assist the 170 rural and small towns in the Commonwealth. In addition to strategizing the concept, he was tasked with the development of an initial resource guide to be used as part of the program. Finally, he also was involved in helping craft the “Preparing Communities for Success” section of the Governor’s Economic Development plan, working at a regional roundtable discussion and contributing to drafts of the plan.