FXM Associates is a consulting firm specializing in econnomic
planning and research for public and private sector clients nationwide.
The company was established in 1991 by Francis X. Mahady, an
economist and planner with more than 30 years experience in
economic development and transportation planning. The firm offers
expertise in economic development, transportation planning, social and
economic impact assessment, and waterfront development.
The company's signature work is its development of practical and
effective strategies to attract, retain, and diversify employment and
business opportunities, while retaining and enhancing the natural and
historic characteristics that distinguish communities and regions. FXM's
senior professionals have shown particular strength in communicating
the results of our work to a broad spectrum of citizen, professional,
business, and legislative groups In each assignment, the firm strives to
help clients sharpen goals and objectives, to provide relevant analyses
and recommendations for achieving them, and to produce reports and
presentations that are focused and comprehensible to the target
FXM Associates is a small business meeting the standards in 13 CFR
Part 121, and Federal Acquisition Regulations, 48 CFR Part 19.
Francis X. Mahady
Mr. Mahady is an economist and planner with over 35 years'
experience in community and regional planning nationwide. He is the
author of more than 300 reports, journal articles, and presentations in
the fields of economic development, transportation, land use and
demographic forecasting, and social and economic impact assessment.
His clients include state and federal agencies, regional and municipal
governments, non-profit organizations, engineering firms, and
development companies. Prior to founding FXM Associates in 1991, he
was a Senior Vice President of Economics Research Associates, where
he led that firm's transportation planning and economic development
practice nationwide for 15 years. Mr. Mahady holds a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Harvard College and a Master of City Planning degree,
specializing in economic development, from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
Ms. Hallsmith is an urban planner with 35 years of experience working
with public officials, private companies, and not-for-profit organizations
to improve community, transportation, and institutional facilities. For
FXM Associates, she provides expertise in economic development and
land use planning. Her prior consultant work includes City of New
Bedford strategic projects, facilities development for the Massachusetts
Bay Transportation Authority and the National Center of African
American Artists. She served as Director of Planning, Design and
Development for the Boston Housing Authority and Assistant Secretary
of the state Executive Office of Communities and Development. Ms.
Hallsmith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of City Planning degree,
specializing in environmental design, from the Massachusetts Institute
Michael L. Lahr, Ph.D.
Michael Lahr is an economist and Associate Professor at Rutgers
University. He has extensive experience in regional input-output
modeling and is the author or co-author of over 80 publications,
papers, reports and presentations. Dr. Lahr has developed models to
estimate economic impacts of transportation, waterfront, tourism, and
historic preservation investments across the U.S. His research spans a
broad range of regional economic issues. Dr. Lahr has collaborated
with FXM for the past seven years, examining the role in the regional
economy of the Peace Bridge between Buffalo, N.Y. and Fort Erie,
Ontario and estimating the economic impact of golf courses, among
other projects. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of
Groningen, The Netherlands. He holds a B.A./M.A. and Ph.D. in
Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rochelle Bates Lee
Ms. Lee is an urban planner with specialized expertise in residential
development financing and management. During the past 20 years,
she has worked with several non-profit and community-based
sponsors to develop affordable housing in Rhode Island and
Massachusetts. For several years, Ms. Lee also managed a $1.2 million
program for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to
improve operating capacity of community development corporations
engaged in revitalizing low and moderate income neighborhoods. She
served as Asset Management Specialist for the National Equity Fund's
$100 million investment portfolio throughout New England, managing
related equity investments in residential property. Her previous
professional experience includes positions with The Community
Builders of Boston, MA and Providence, RI, and the Boston Housing
authority. Ms. Lee holds a BA from Wellesley College, a Master of Arts
(African American Studies) from Boston University, and an MCP
degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joseph P Savage, Jr., P.E.
Joe Savage is a registered civil engineer (WA) with 34 years of
experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering and travel
demand forecasting for nearly every travel mode from jitney taxis in
Caracas, Venezuela to an advanced people mover system serving
SeaTac Airport near Seattle, WA, as well as the more traditional
highway, bus, BRT, commuter rail and pedestrian modes. Mr. Savage
has also developed a national practice in ferry systems planning and
feasibility studies from Southeast Alaska to the Chesapeake Bay. He
has prepared traffic and transportation sections of SEPA/NEPA EIS/EA
documents for more than 200 public and private proposed actions. He
has lectured on urban transportation planning at the University of
Washington and testified as an expert witness on transportation
matters in state and federal courts. Mr. Savage holds a BS in
Engineering Science from Florida State University.
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