As the Planning Director in Somerville, Massachusetts, one of New England's fastest-growing cities, George Proakis AICP facilitates the implementation of the SomerVision city plan, with its 568 goals, policies, and actions on such varied topics as zoning, urban design, economic development, stormwater recharge, backyard chickens, family housing, dining decks, and dormers. George’s work includes the permitting of transformative redevelopment in Assembly Square, the planning for forthcoming development in Union Square and the creation of a new transit-centered neighborhood to be built at Somerville’s Boynton Yards. George also leads the team in Somerville working on new neighborhood planning efforts in Davis Square and Winter Hill.
Prior to working in Somerville, George worked in a number of roles for the mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, where he focused on a city-wide comprehensive plan, downtown redevelopment, neighborhood main streets, and the redevelopment of the 15-acre transit-oriented development site called the “Hamilton Canal District”.
Prior to his work in Lowell, George worked for Syracuse Research Corporation and the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation on strategies for rural and urban economic development in Upstate New York.
George serves as one of the public-sector directors on the board of the Boston Society of Architects, is a founding board member of the New England Chapter of the Congress of the New Urbanism and board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute.
George has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Master of City Planning Degree from MIT.