Managing Partner at Commonwealth Community Enterprises Inc
- Canton, Ohio (Canton, Ohio Area)
- Real Estate
Sean Bender's Overview
- Managing Partner at Commonwealth Community Enterprises Inc
- Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives at Wentworth Institute of Technology
- Founding Director of the Center for Community & Learning Partnerships at Wentworth Institute of Technology
- AmeriCorps*VISTA at Massachusetts Campus Compact
- Specialist & Non-Commissioned Officer at Army National Guard
- Founder/Chief Operations Officer at The Planning Studio Inc.
- Urban Planner at Manley Burke
Sean Bender's Summary
Urban innovator with extensive experience in downtown revitalization, Main Street program development, and non-profit service and leadership.
Experienced strategist and leader in community development and higher education environments with broad experience in facilitating organizational and campus planning, program design and development, campus and community partnerships, experiential learning, and civic engagement.
Prior professional experience in planning and development law. Collaborative (pro-bono) consultant in areas of community and organizational development planning, urban planning, urban economic research.
Hobbies in include culinary arts and mixology, digital photography and design, web and media development, and graphic communications.
Sean Bender's Experience
May 2012 – Present (2 years 5 months) Canton, Ohio Area
Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives
January 2010 – September 2012 (2 years 9 months) Greater Boston Area
Founding Director of the Center for Community & Learning Partnerships
August 2004 – January 2010 (5 years 6 months) Greater Boston Area
Specialist & Non-Commissioned Officer
March 1997 – June 2004 (7 years 4 months)
Sean Bender's Certifications
Myers-Briggs Type I & II
- License N/A
- October 2010
Sean Bender's Courses
- Urban Spatial Structures
- Urban Planning Law
- Budgeting & Finance for Urban Planning
- Urban Planning Theory
- Sustainable Urban Development
- Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Digital Design
Sean Bender's Projects
- January 2008 to August 2008
A collaborative economic research project facilitated by Mr. Bender engaging hundreds of community, student and faculty volunteers and collaborators.
- November 2001 to April 2002
A At the heart of every city lies a market. Cities that suffer from disinvestment do so because there are common barriers to investment that prevent the market from developing. This paper describes seven prin ciples that explain why urban revitalization projects work while others fail. These seven principles may not encompass every imaginable detail of every successful place. However, they form a reasonable model from which we can begin to not only understand revitalization, but also make it happen.
For many cities revitalization has become merely facade building. Such solutions give the appearance of economic health without ever addressing the underlying causes of disinvestment. While there is no "one size fits all" formula for revitalizing a city, this paper offers a strategic framework to help leaders critically analyze their ideas to determine whether or not a proposed project is likely to attract large scale private investment. We identify common themes in successful projects and common themes in projects that were not successful.
"Back to Basics" focuses on the social and economic forces that are already at work in the city. Experience has shown that successful plans and planners are those that capitalize upon those forces to create new opportunities for urban reinvestment. By focusing on the basics and applying the seven principles, city revitalization strategies are transformed from an abstract phenomenon into a clear and understandable process that can happen anywhere.
In this paper we will first identify a handful of common barriers to revitalization, and then we will explain the seven principles of successful revitalization followed by complimenting case studies. In its closing this paper will leave you with the pitfalls of the revitalization process and methods on how to avoid them.
Sean Bender's Skills & Expertise
- Digital Photography
- Digital Design
- Development Economics
- Legislative Analysis
- Graphic Communication
- Urban Economics
- Strategy Development
- Program Design
- Web Development
- Organizational Development
- Community Engagement
- Grants Administration
- Political Campaigns
- Institutional Research
- Strategic Planning
- Economic Development
- Real Estate Development
- Urban Infill Development
- Public/private Partnerships
- Location Intelligence
- Higher Education
- Affordable Housing
- Public Policy
- Program Development
- Urban Planning
- Youth Development
- Program Evaluation
- Historic Preservation
- Land Use
- Land Use Planning
- Urban Design
- International Relations
- Community Organizing
- Project Planning