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In Worcester, MA, CivicMoxie founder Susan Silberberg worked as Senior Associate at Community Partners Consultants, Inc. to create a master plan for the newly designated arts district. Prior to the master planning endeavor, the City embarked on an innovative partnership with ARTSWorcester to create and support the new position of Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester. This new position targeted resources and established credibility. The establishment of the Cultural Development Office position and City/ARTSWorcester partnership were two critical progressive moves that enabled the planning team to dig into innovative solutions and address tough challenges. The rezoning of the district for artist work and live/work space, and the planning team’s recommendation that the district be enlarged to encompass a large area of historic warehouse buildings well suited for artist space sparked real estate speculation and land banking that threatened to derail the project and jeopardize affordability for artists and related uses. When the planning team reached out to local community development organizations and affordable housing advocates in the quest to lock in affordability and discourage speculation and unrealistic listing prices, the Cultural Development Officer was able to be an active presence at the table, representing City goals and tools. She was willing to dig in by bringing other City employees and resources to the table and exploring innovative ways to reach the goals for the district.