Rachel joined Camoin Associates in 2008 after receiving her Masters in Regional Planning from the University at Albany. In addition, Rachel is certified through the American Planning Association, the National Charette Institute and is working to become a certified economic development professional through the International Economic Development Council. Since starting at Camoin Associates, Rachel has grown into the role of project manager and has become highly skilled at working with clients and partners to listen to their needs and design a scope of work that will result in meeting their community and economic development goals. Rachel’s work has given her the opportunity to lead many of the firm’s larger economic and fiscal impact studies as well as major strategic planning processes throughout the northeast.
Rachel's Affecting Real Change
The projects that Rachel is most proud of working on are the ones where it is possible to point to actual outcomes and implementation that create jobs and opportunities for real people. Examples of this include:
- Grant administration for the City of Mechanicville, New York where microenterprise grant and loan programs have helped small businesses start up or expand and create new jobs.
- Strategic planning for the Town of Freeport, Maine where they are beginning to implement some of the key recommendations to help diversify their local economy and support local business owners
- Economic impact study of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail where our analysis was a key piece of the research to determine how to proceed with the use of the rail corridor
- Market analysis and financial feasibility study to turn an old hotel into apartments in the City of Rome, New York that resulted in the project being developed, and it is now fully occupied.
Living in the great town of Brattleboro, Vermont has afforded Rachel the opportunity to get involved with her community including leading a local effort to establish a dog park and as Vice President of the Youth Services of Windham County board of directors. Rachel loves to take advantage of the many hiking and skiing options in southeastern Vermont but can also be found traveling around the northeast to visit friends and family.