Energy & Sustainable Development Committee

If you are interested in receiving notices for the Partnership's Energy & Sustainable Development Committee, please contact Deputy Director, Jessica Strunkin and write "ESD Committee" in the subject line.

 

October 20, 2015

Mill & Main in Maynard

Attendees were treated to an exciting presentation about the new ownership and vision for Mill & Main in Maynard by Jill Minkin, Vice President of Business Development, Programs & Partnerships, and Henry  St. Hilaire, Director of Development & Construction for Saracen Properties.  We also heard from Kevin Sweet, Maynard's Town Administrator,  on how the town worked with the new owners of the 1.1 million square feet complex formerly known as Clock Tower Place.  Check out the link below for a great video that brings the vision for Mill & Main to life!

Mill & Main Video

 

August 26, 2015

MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program

The Partnership greatly appreciates the timely presentation by Erica Kreuter, Director of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, about the current application process, which opened on June 8th.  Applications are due Friday, September 4th.  In addition to Erica's insights, we were also joined by Bill Sedewitz, P.E., Chief Engineer for the Town of Framingham.  Bill offered details on their successful MassWorks application and an update on the progress of their project.


Our region has a successful track record with MassWorks grants as noted in our MWDN guest column in January 2014.  In addition to the $9 million mentioned in the column, the region received an additional $6.5 million in MassWorks grants in 2014 (to Framingham and Hopkinton).  We hope to see this success rate continue and we are pleased to provide resources, such as this meeting, to help our communities which are considering applying. 

 

July 29, 2015 - coUrbanize Presentation

Helping developers, planners, and residents work together to build better cities and towns.

The Partnership's ESD Committee reconvened in July 2015 for an exciting presentation on a relatively new community development platform called coUrbanize. Residents use coUrbanize to learn about real estate and development projects in their communities. Project developers list projects on coUrbanize to share information and gather broader resident feedback to supplement the in-person meeting process.  In the Partnership's service area of 35 communities, coUrbanize has been used by the Town of Ashland and by MassDevelopment for Devens re-zoning efforts.  We heard from the Co-Founder and CEO of coUrbanize, Karin Brandt, as well as from Erikk Hokenson, Assistant Project Manager at MassDevelopment.  The Town of Ashland was well represented by Matthew Selby, Director of Community Development & Health, and Nat Strosberg, Town Planner, who spoke about their experience with coUrbanize.  For your convenience, we have provided links to their presentations below:

coUrbanize Presentation

MassDevelopment Presentation

Ashland Presentation

 
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