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Mr. Gregory Heller

Greg Heller is a Senior Advisor at Econsult Solutions, Inc., where he consults on economic development and urban reinvestment projects. Currently he is consulting on the Baltimore Food Hub—the revitalization of 120,000 square feet of historic buildings in East Baltimore to create a synergistic group of businesses, services, and programs focused on rebuilding Baltimore’s local food economy.

Mr. Heller was Director of The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (2009-2012), where he managed the development of the Center for Culinary Enterprises, turning a vacant 13,000 square foot building into one of the nation’s most comprehensive food-business incubators. From 2006-2009 he was a Design Analyst at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission where he managed grant programs and published policy reports including Promoting Civic Design Excellence in Philadelphia—a document that significantly informed the City’s agenda for improving the quality of urban design and development. From 2004-2005 Mr. Heller worked at the Parkside Historic Preservation Corporation, where he was involved in financing of historic rehabilitation projects for affordable housing. In 2002-2003 he worked with Edmund N. Bacon, Philadelphia’s former city planning director, assisting Bacon in writing his memoir.
He is involved in several civic and charitable organizations including Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia (Vice President), USA250 (Director), Flying Kite Media (Editorial Board), and the Center for Architecture’s Ed Bacon Student Design Competition (committee member). Previously Mr. Heller was on the board of Philadelphia Committee on City Policy and Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia. He has won several awards and honors for his civic involvement, including Community College of Philadelphia’s Distinguished Leadership Award (2012). He was also named one of the Philadelphia region’s “101 Emerging Connectors” in 2008. He is a 2012 Fellow of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia.
In 2007-2008, Mayor Michael A. Nutter invited Mr. Heller to serve on his transition teams, where he assisted in hiring of key public officials and drafting of policy documents.

Mr. Heller is the author of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). His writings on urban development and planning have been printed in publications including Next City, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia City Paper. He wrote a chapter that was published in Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City (University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2009). He has given talks on urban issues at venues including National Trust for Historic Preservation national conference (2012), National Association of Regional Councils national conference (2009), Southwest Pennsylvania Smart Growth Conference (2008), Congress for the New Urbanism National Conference and American Planning Association national conference (2007). He holds degrees in American Studies and German Studies from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). He currently resides in Philadelphia.

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