Sean Bender

Sean Bender

Managing Partner at Commonwealth Community Enterprises Inc

Canton, Ohio (Canton, Ohio Area)
Real Estate

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Sean Bender's Overview

  • Specialist & Non-Commissioned Officer at Army National Guard
  • Founder/Chief Operations Officer at The Planning Studio Inc.
  • Urban Planner at Manley Burke

500+ connections

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 2012Present (2 years 5 months) Canton, Ohio Area

Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives

Wentworth Institute of Technology

January 2010September 2012 (2 years 9 months) Greater Boston Area

Founding Director of the Center for Community & Learning Partnerships

Wentworth Institute of Technology

August 2004January 2010 (5 years 6 months) Greater Boston Area


Massachusetts Campus Compact

July 2003July 2004 (1 year 1 month) Boston, MA

Specialist & Non-Commissioned Officer

Army National Guard

March 1997June 2004 (7 years 4 months)

Founder/Chief Operations Officer

The Planning Studio Inc.

19992003 (4 years)

Urban Planner

Manley Burke

19992002 (3 years)

Sean Bender's Certifications

  • Myers-Briggs Type I & II

    • CAPT
    • 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
  • Independent Coursework

    • Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Digital Design

Sean Bender's Projects

  • Mission Hill Main Streets: Neighborhood Business District Market Analysis

    • January 2008 to August 2008

    A collaborative economic research project facilitated by Mr. Bender engaging hundreds of community, student and faculty volunteers and collaborators.

  • Back to Basics: Downtown Revitalization Successes and Failures

    • November 2001 to April 2002
    Team Members: Sean Bender, Susan Winterberg

    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

  1. Digital Photography
  2. Digital Design
  3. Development Economics
  4. Legislative Analysis
  5. Graphic Communication
  6. Urban Economics
  7. Strategy Development
  8. Program Design
  9. Photoshop
  10. Web Development
  11. Organizational Development
  12. Community Engagement
  13. Grants Administration
  14. Photojournalism
  15. Political Campaigns
  16. Fundraising
  17. Institutional Research
  18. Strategic Planning
  19. Economic Development
  20. Real Estate Development
  21. Urban Infill Development
  22. Public/private Partnerships
  23. Location Intelligence
  24. Higher Education
  25. Affordable Housing
  26. Sustainability
  27. Redevelopment
  28. Research
  29. Public Policy
  30. Program Development
  31. Urban Planning
  32. Policy
  33. Grants
  34. Strategy
  35. Youth Development
  36. Program Evaluation
  37. Historic Preservation
  38. Land Use
  39. Land Use Planning
  40. Urban Design
  41. Non-profits
  42. Entrepreneurship
  43. Nonprofits
  44. International Relations
  45. Zoning
  46. Leadership
  47. Community Organizing
  48. Project Planning

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