Sean O’Donnell is a land use planner with more than five years of experience in local and regional planning, with a concentrated focus in the areas of economic development, mill redevelopment and adaptive reuse.
As Economic Development Planner and Leasing Manager at Westmass, Sean is responsible for overseeing all tenant relations with the nearly 30 businesses at the Ludlow Mills historic complex, as well as assisting in managing all redevelopment activities and projects at the site.
Prior to his role at Westmass, Sean worked as Regional Planner at the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in Leominster, MA. His responsibilities included grant writing; the preparation of community planning documents including strategic plans, master plans, housing production plans, and urban renewal plans; collecting, analyzing and graphically representing local and regional data; providing local technical assistance to municipalities to help meet their planning and economic development goals; and community engagement.
Sean has specialized experience in the development and planning of collaborative workspaces (including makerspaces) and business incubators. In 2018, as an employee of the Orange Innovation Center and co-founder of LaunchSpace, Inc., he was a panelist at Governor Baker’s Massachusetts Economic Development Summit, where he spoke to communities and development partners about the adaptive reuse of the former Minute Tapioca Plant into an innovation center. Sean has also helped guide several other collaborative workspaces in Western Massachusetts, including as a consultant to Make-It Springfield, a downtown makerspace formed within the City of Springfield’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) District.