Dear Members,


May has been an exciting month full of change, bringing new opportunities for our network to build your business, careers, teams and much more as industry-leading electrical and telecom contractors.


Changes to Boston’s Development and Planning Agency Leadership Spurning New Opportunities


A Warm Farewell to Boston Planning and Development Agency Director Brian Golden


Brian Golden, who led the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) for eight years, is stepping down early next month. Golden, who took charge of the city’s planning and development arm under then-Mayor Walsh’s tenure in 2014, helped transform and modernize the once-beleaguered agency amidst Boston’s development boom.


NECA Boston wishes Golden a warm farewell and applauds his years of dedicated service and significant accomplishments.


During Golden’s leadership at the BPDA, the agency approved about 90 million square feet of new development, with $43 billion of investment. Golden was also instrumental in implementing Imagine Boston 2030 - the city’s first comprehensive redevelopment plan in over 50 years.


Welcoming James Arthur Jemison II as the City’s inaugural Chief of Planning


As we bid farewell to Brian Golden, we also congratulate and welcome Arthur Jemison, who Boston Mayor Wu recently appointed to take the reins.


Although the BPDA will be Jemison's basepoint, he is taking on an expanded role as the city's inaugural Chief of Planning.


As the Mayor’s Office announced in a press release, Jemison will “advance the Mayor’s vision for planning that creates a more equitable, resilient, transit-oriented, and affordable city, and aligning development with those goals.”



With the City’s plans to become more sustainable, while building a better and more equitable community, we are well-positioned as the go-to industry leader for the City’s evolving telecom and electrical contracting needs.


As an essential part of Boston’s economy and the communities, NECA Contractors and our IBEW partners build and connect, we are committed to working with the new Administration to build your opportunities through extensive advocacy and legislation. Our values and reputation are well-aligned to work with Jemison and Mayor Wu’s administration as our Networks Build a Better Boston together.



Kristen Gowin