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George Proakis, AICP

George Proakis, AICP is the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville, Massachusetts, a city of 77,000 with the highest residential density of any community in New England. He oversees the city’s efforts in long range planning, development project review, mobility, public realm, housing and federal block grants.  He is currently working on updating Somerville’s comprehensive plan, SomerVision2040, as well as the development of a citywide zoning overhaul. George previously worked as Somerville’s Planning Division director, overseeing development of a new neighborhood at Assembly Square, as well as substantial infill and missing-middle housing in Somerville’s corridors and squares.  Earlier, as planning director for the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, George pursued the redevelopment of a 15-acre transit-oriented “Hamilton Canal District”, and coordinated the development of a form-based code for this district. He led the creation of the New England Form Based Codes Council in 2009, and has advocated for better land use planning, innovative regulatory solutions and form-based codes in many New England communities. George holds a Master of City Planning from MIT, a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.