House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is pleased to announce his appointment of Representative David Muradian (R-Grafton) to a special state commission charged with developing policy responses and recommendations to ensure that so-called “edge communities” can participate in state development initiatives and benefit from state resources.
Republican will join fellow legislators, municipal officials and representatives
from a variety of planning, transit and development agencies on the 27-member
495/Metro West Suburban Edge Community Commission, which is being chaired by
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. The commission will investigate and study the
various development challenges facing edge communities, including transportation,
water, cellular and energy infrastructure needs, transit services, residential
development, reuse of former industrial facilities and historic mills, brownfields
reclamation, and downtown redevelopment issues.
special commission, created through an outside section of the Fiscal Year 2015
state budget, defines an edge community as any municipality with a population
of not more than 35,000 that is not adjacent to a gateway municipality. Gateway communities are defined in statute as
municipalities with populations greater than 35,000 and less than 250,000 with
a median household income below the Commonwealth’s average and a rate of
educational attainment of a bachelor’s degree or above that is below the
Muradian has a strong understanding of the challenges facing our cities and
towns, having served as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives for
seven years before running for office,” said Representative Jones. “I am confident he will bring a wealth of institutional
and real-world knowledge to this special commission as it seeks to find ways to
remove some of the barriers impeding development in our edge communities.”
honored to have been appointed to this special commission by Representative
Jones,” said Representative Muradian. “As
a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley, I am deeply committed to the
communities I serve and look forward to working with my colleagues to find ways
to promote enhanced economic development throughout my district and around the
Muradian represents the Ninth Worcester District, which consists of the
communities of Grafton, Northbridge and Upton.
He is currently serving his first term in the Massachusetts Legislature,
but previously worked in the State House as an aide to former state
Representative and Assistant Minority Leader George N. Peterson, Jr., who opted
not to run for re-election in 2014 and was recently appointed as the new Commissioner
of the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game.