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City welcomes next port authority administrator

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Bloomington Briefing Published April 5, 2023
Updated on April 5, 2023
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The City’s new Port Authority Administrator Holly Masek started in February. She 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 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.”

Masek was previously the executive director for the Rochester Downtown Alliance where she developed long-term strategy and directed day-to-day operations for downtown Rochester’s 44-block special service district. She has also 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.  

In her role as Bloomington’s Port Authority administrator, Masek will lead efforts and initiatives 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.”