Air quality analysis—Gary Roux
Assistance accessing and interpreting data readily available on the Internet, including U.S. Census, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MA Department of Education, and more—Molly Goren-Watts
Bicycle/pedestrian planning—Jeffrey McCollough
Brownfields cleanup assistance – Chris Dunphy
Built environment and health—​Becky Basch
Climate action and clean energy—​Catherine Ratté​​
Data research, analysis, and report writing—Molly Goren-Watts
Economic development planning—​Lori Tanner
Economic and demographic analysis at various geographic levels (neighborhood to regional)—Molly Goren-Watts
Emergency preparedness planning—​Stephanie Bozeghian-Merrick
Environmental justice planning—​Jeff McCollough, Catherine Ratté​​
Farmland preservation—Becky Basch
Fee-for-service consultation including demographic analysis, socio-economic analysis, needs assessment, program evaluation, and reporting—Molly Goren-Watts
Food security—​Catherine Ratté​​, Becky Basch
Geographic Information System—​Todd Zukowski, Jacob Dolinger
Grant proposal writing – Catherine Ratté
Grants administration
Growth management—Catherine Ratté​​, Becky Basch
Guidance in data-driven decision-making processes and development of indicators to guide strategic work—Molly Goren-Watts
Hazard mitigation—​Emily Slotnick
Highway corridor planning—Gary Roux
Historic preservation—Shannon Walsh
Historic resource surveys—Shannon Walsh
Homeland security--Todd Zukowski
Housing planning and development—​​Lori Tanner
Housing rehabilitation program administration—​​Shirley Stephens
Land use and zoning—​Catherine Ratté
Local pavement management—Amir Kouzehkanani
Mapping and graphic design- Todd Zukowski
Mapping of Census 2010 data at the municipal, census tract, and block group level—Molly Goren-Watts
Monitoring and development of regional economic, health, education, transportation, and social well-being indicators—Molly Goren-Watts
Municipal operations—​Eric Weiss
Parking studies—Gary Roux
Pavement and sidewalk management—Amir Kouzehkanani
Policy analysis and health impact assessments for public and private sector decision-making—Molly Goren-Watts
Procurement assistance for state and federal compliance – Jim Mazek, Chris Dunphy
Public facility and infrastructure improvements
Regional data on PVPC’s website—​Molly Goren-Watts
Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)Gary Roux
River protection—​Emily Slotnick
Roadway safety audits
Scenic byway planning and project development—​Patty Gambarini
Sidewalk inventory and condition assessment—​Jeff McCollough
Socioeconomic studies at various geographic levels on topics ranging from foreclosure trends to the impacts of the Community Preservation Act within the region—Molly Goren-Watts
Sustainability—​Catherine Ratté​​
Tax-advantaged housing rehabilitation
Traffic counting—Amir Kouzehkanani
Training in accessing, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data—Molly Goren-Watts
Transit planning—Dana Roscoe
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)Dana Roscoe
Transportation planning studies—Gary Roux
Travel demand modeling/forecasting—Gary Roux
Urban design—​Corrin Meise-Munns
Water supply protection—​Patty Gambarini

Local Technical Assistance

PVPC offers local technical assistance (LTA) to member communities in many planning areas. Typical LTA projects include review of development proposals or zoning amendments, use of the PVPC library, information from the Data Center, traffic counts on local roads, and assistance with local grant applications.

Larger projects, such as preparing a master plan, a new zoning bylaw, or a zoning map, are charged individually on a fee-for-service basis. Often PVPC works with member communities to secure federal and state grant funds in order to make the work possible.

LTA Specifications:

  • LTA requests must be made by a member community’s commissioner or alternate, or by another bona fide municipal official or body, such as a city planning board, historic commission, or town engineer. 
  • Communities with professional staff are eligible for two free person days of assistance per request; communities without professional staff are eligible for three free person days of assistance per request.
  • Each LTA request must be different in substance (no continuations of ongoing projects).