Karl F. Seidman is an economic development practitioner with over 30 years of professional experience in state and local government, as a consultant and as Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His expertise includes:
Recent consulting projects include:
At MIT, he teaches courses in Economic Development Finance. Economic Development Planning and, with Susan Silberberg, co-teaches the practicum Revitalizing Urban Main Streets which has prepared ten commercial district revitalization plans, including national award-winning plans for New Orleans’ St. Claude Avenue and Boston’s Hyde-Jackson Square commercial districts.
His has served as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer for Mass Development, a state agency that finances and manages redevelopment projects and Research Director for two Massachusetts legislative committees. Mr. Seidman’s accomplishments include:
Mr. Seidman holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in political science from AmherstCollege. He is the author of Coming Home to New Orleans: Neighborhood Rebuilding After Katrina, Economic Development Finance and Revitalizing Commerce for American Cities: A Practitioner’s Guide to Urban Main Street Programs, and over sixty studies and consulting reports.