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Fitchburg Gets 3-year Transformative Development Fellow

September 5, 2018

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BOSTON -- MassDevelopment has hired four Transformative Development Initiative Fellows who will work in four newly selected TDI Districts including Fitchburg to advance local redevelopment visions in those cities.

The TDI Fellows, who have experience in city planning, community partnership building, real estate, and economic development, will work in their host districts in collaboration with local partnerships. The Fellow who will work with Fitchburg is Francisco Torres, who will work in Fitchburg for three years.

“We have been working diligently to establish Fitchburg’s downtown as a regional hub of arts and culture,” said Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale. “Francisco is a great fit to help us further this transformation. He combines an understanding of the arts and culture with a commitment to economic development, and will be a true asset when working with businesses, developers and stakeholders to unlock development potential downtown.”

Torres previously served as the Town of Brookline’s economic development and long-term planner.

He was also the lead economic development professional in the Town of Westborough, where he helped increase business attraction and retention, improve workforce development, and revitalize the downtown neighborhood.

These efforts earned him recognition from the Worcester Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” awards.

A Los Angeles native and Boston transplant, Torres has a bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.

Torres will support the new Fitchburg Arts and Culture District in the city’s historic downtown, helping to create a regional destination that changes perceptions and celebrates Fitchburg’s diversity.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the commonwealth.

During fiscal 2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the state’s economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.

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