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MassDevelopment names Biocchi to head Devens community relations

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MassDevelopment president and CEO Robert L. Culver recently announced two key appointments at the agency.

Bonnie Biocchi has joined MassDevelopment as vice president of community relations for Devens. Biocchi will oversee community and government affairs for Devens, a 4,400 acre redevelopment project directed by MassDevelopment. She will also implement strategic public education and information programs. Biocchi brings more than 10 years of experience in the Devens region to her position, having previously served as executive director of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. She attended American University in Washington D.C. and currently resides in Groton.

Mark Sternman has joined MassDevelopment’s marketing and communications division as vice president of research. Sternman will oversee the agency’s in-house research initiatives, with an emphasis on economic and development outreach. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Sternman served as a senior policy advisor in U.S. Senator John Kerry’s Boston office and as economic development director in U.S. Representative Martin Meehan’s Lowell office. Sternman is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and resides in Boston.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, works with businesses, financial institutions and local officials to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2005, MassDevelopment financed or managed 158 projects statewide representing an investment of nearly $1.9 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are supporting the creation of 2,769 housing units and more than 9,800 jobs comprising 4,702 permanent and 5,100 construction-related positions.

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