MassINC has assembled a team with deep experience in real estate and transportation planning and analysis.
Dan Hodge is principal at Hodge Economic Consulting and was co-author of MassINC’s report on “Rebuilding Renewal: An Analysis of State Investment in Gateway Cities and a Work Plan for Delivering Transformative Development.” He has worked on urban revitalization plans in many of the state’s Gateway Cities including Worcester, New Bedford, Brockton, Lawrence, Taunton, Holyoke and Springfield. Dan has worked with MassDevelopment on multiple studies including two phases of Gateway City data research, helped lead a study of competitive factors for business location-decision making for MassEcon, and has led a wide-range of economic policy work in the Pioneer Valley. Previously, he was the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute, and held senior transportation economist positions at HDR and Cambridge Systematics. Dan holds master’s degrees in applied economics and public policy from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in economics/business from Lafayette College.
Lead Transit Analyst
Conor Semler is a Senior Planner who draws on his experience in urban planning, traffic engineering, and technical research in complete streets design. Conor is highly regarded for his ability to leverage transportation design to create livable and healthy communities. His focus is on improving conditions for walking and bicycling through better evaluation and design. Conor is a national leader in the planning and design of innovative bicycle facilities. He was involved in the development of both the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the FHWA Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide. Conor’s experience is informed by his role in leading research, contributing to designs, and working closely with cities to continually evolve and innovate safer, more inviting bicycle facilities. Originally from Buffalo, Conor enjoys bicycle commuting year-round and exploring cities on foot with his wife and daughter.
Lead Real Estate Analysts
Mr. Seymour joined RKG Associates, Inc. in 1987. His primary area of expertise includes economic analysis, financial forecasting, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, real property valuation, and project management. Mr. Seymour has over twenty-five years of extensive experience in economic development, the socioeconomic evaluation of major projects, business and community planning and redevelopment financing. His responsibilities include management of the firm’s economic and financial oriented consulting services, including the appraisal and research functions. Mr. Seymour has an AB in Economics/Civil Engineering from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Hampshire.
Eric Halvorsen has over nine years of experience in land use and transportation planning. Prior to working at RKG Associates, Eric worked for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as the Assistant Director for Transportation. In addition, he also worked in Illinois for a regional planning agency managing corridor studies, business district revitalization plans, and updating the agency’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
Eric specializes in helping communities develop plans that bridge the topics of land use and transportation. This includes master plans, downtown plans, corridor plans, and site specific plans. Eric’s focus is on formulation of realistic and actionable plans that can be achieved incrementally over time. He also has experience working with municipalities to develop bicycle and pedestrian network plans, transit plans, and parking strategies. Eric is a member of the American Planning Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and was a founding Board member of the Boston Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Environmental Planning and Design and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
TOD Research Fellow
Lindiwe Rennert currently serves as Transit-oriented Development Specialist on the MassINC Gateway Cities Initiative research team. Her work is focused on leveraging transit in order to generate inclusive economic growth and revitalization within Gateway City downtowns. Lindiwe holds a BA from Harvard University in development economics with a focus on poverty alleviation, and a Masters in City Planning from MIT with a concentration in transportation, spatial analytics, and displacement management. She has experience in both the public and private sectors in Washington DC, Boston, Detroit, Caracas, Medellin, Nairobi, and Zurich on matters of mobility network design, project monitoring and evaluation, housing policy, race and gender equity, and economic development. In addition to TOD, her research over the past year has focused primarily on equitable and sustainable urban mobility, land use planning, mapping/data visualization creation, and community engagement regarding both transportation and housing policy.