Techrosette Leng

2016 Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 31, 2016
Techrosette Leng
Graduate Degree: Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University
Area of Interest: Community Development Issues
Mentors: Jessica Casey, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Colleen Dawicki, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Agency: MassDevelopment and City of Revere
Supervisor: David Bancroft, Senior Vice President, Community Development
Project Description: Tech worked with MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) team and the Mayor’s Office in the City of Revere. Tech worked on a number of projects related to strategic planning and development in the city, with a focus on advancing neighborhood revitalization initiatives in the Shirley Avenue TDI District. Her primary project involved leading the planning and implementation of a technical assistance panel that convened affiliates of Boston’s Urban Land Institute and the city’s administration in conversation with a diverse range of local stakeholders, culminating in a presentation of strategic investment, development, and design recommendations for the TDI district’s revitalization. This involved research of past plans and funding initiatives, regular briefings of district partners, and engagement of community stakeholders. Following the panel, Tech worked closely with the district manager and city administration on initial implementation of recommendations such as placemaking activities, small business coaching, and storefront improvement programs. In addition to this project, Tech contributed preliminary research related to governance and leadership within a planned city visioning process in Revere, participated in municipal development review processes, explored innovative community development models and their replicability in the TDI district, and participated in best practice sharing with other TDI districts across the Commonwealth.