Episode 53: Unearthing and Cultivating a Hidden Economy


Jessica Allan, former City Planner for Easthampton, MA, discusses the trajectory of the city’s work to identify and cultivate Easthampton’s unique culture and artists, and bring them to the forefront of the local economy.

Jessica AllanJessica Allan has been with MBL Housing & Development since December 2017, and has over 17 years’ experience in land use planning, zoning, and permitting. Prior to joining MBL, Jessica served as the City Planner for Easthampton, MA, where she developed and implemented short and long-term community plans, administered the zoning code, provided permitting assistance to private developers, wrote and managed grants, managed and procured public infrastructure projects, and provided technical planning assistance to various city boards and committees.

Prior to being the City Planner, Jessica was a Principal Planner at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission where she provided technical land use planning and zoning assistance to 43 communities in Western Massachusetts. She holds Masters Degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She also serves as Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors and on Board of the American Planning Association-Massachusetts Division as the Western Massachusetts Regional Representative.

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