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City of Bloomington Selects Port Authority Administrator

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Media Releases Published January 17, 2023
Updated on January 17, 2023
Holly Masek

The City of Bloomington has selected Holly Masek to be its next Port Authority Administrator. Masek brings urban design, redevelopment, real estate and public space consulting experience to Bloomington.

“I am very excited to have Holly on board,” Community Development Director Karla Henderson said. “Holly brings a unique cross section of working in urban planning, creative placemaking, real estate development and tourism. She understands the development of spaces and the importance of how people are connected to space. Her past experiences align nicely with the City’s strategic priorities as the Port Authority expands its capacity citywide. I look forward to seeing the growth of the Port team and its future accomplishments under her leadership.”

Currently, Masek is the executive director for the Rochester Downtown Alliance where she develops long-term strategy and directs day-to-day operations for downtown Rochester’s 44-block special service district. She previously worked for the Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., Biederman Redevelopment Ventures and the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in human geography and a master’s in urban planning from Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, Masek received the Fisher Prize for excellence in GIS for “Anticipating the Green Line Extension” property value analysis. She also won the Connect Historic Boston Public Art Ideas competition.

In her role as Bloomington’s Port Authority Administrator, Masek will lead efforts and initiatives aligned with the goals of the Port Authority, City Council and other City boards focused on fostering commercial and industrial real estate development; retaining, attracting, and growing businesses; and providing housing options in all forms across a diverse income spectrum in Bloomington.

"I am honored to be joining the team at an exciting time in Bloomington's development, especially with the potential for the city to step onto the global stage in 2027. I look forward to immersing myself in the Bloomington community while continuing to grow relationships across Minnesota."

Masek’s first day at the City of Bloomington will be February 21.