• BPDA Update

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    Name: BPDA Update
    Date: February 9, 2023
    Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM EST
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    Event Description:

    Photo of James Arthur Jemison IIJames "Arthur" Jemison II, Chief of Planning for the City of Boston, and Director of the Boston Planning & Development Agency joins us to discuss the BPDA's role in shaping the future of Boston. Appointed last spring by Mayor Wu, Arthur Jemison will guide future developments such as Dorchester Bay City, the Morrissey Corridor and neighborhood planning. He began his 28-year career at the Boston Housing Authority, and went on to lead public/private development agencies in Washington, D.C. and Detroit. He is currently living in Dorchester in a triple-decker.

    Chief of Planning for the City of Boston James Arthur Jemison also serves as the Director of the BPDA. He oversees the agency's core missions of community-engaged planning, regulation of major real estate development, management of the BPDA's real estate property (over 20 million square feet), and workforce training programs.

    Jemison is a creative public-private development leader with over 28 years of planning and affordable housing expertise, working with community members to create equitable places in Detroit, Washington D.C., and Boston. Prior to joining the City of Boston, Jemison served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    Jemison joined HUD from the City of Detroit, where he was Group Executive for Planning, Housing & Development, leading the City?s efforts toward equitable growth, working in partnership with Directors of the Housing & Revitalization Department, the Planning & Development Department, the Detroit Land Bank Authority, Detroit Housing Commission, and the Bridging Neighborhoods program.

    Before going to Detroit, Jemison served as Deputy Undersecretary and Deputy Director for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick. Prior to that, he held a variety of public and private-sector positions, all related to city planning and urban development, primarily in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. This includes service at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Boston Housing Authority, the then-Boston Redevelopment Authority, and in private development work at GLC Development Resources.

    Jemison has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow. Jemison is also a 2021 Spirit of Detroit Award winner, a 2016 Michigan Chronicle Men / Women of Excellence awardee, and a member of the team recognized with the 2013 Robert Larson Public Policy Award for Workforce Housing from the Urban Land Institute, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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    Boston Park Plaza Hotel
    50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
    Boston, MA 02116-3912
    Valet Parking Entrance at 34 Columbus Ave.
    Additional parking available in Motor Mart Garage, 201 Stuart St.

    Date/Time Information:
    Thursday, February 9, 2023
    7:30-8:00am Registration/Networking/Breakfast
    8:00-9:30am Program
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    $95 MBC Members
    $130 Non-members
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