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 principal and has become highly skilled at working with multiple stakeholders to identify commonalities and avenues for progress to work towards joint 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:
- Comprehensive economic development strategy for Passaic County, NJ that incorporated business and environmental resiliency into the more traditional economic development plan. Since this project was completed in 2015, the County has continued to implement important strategies to help businesses prepare for natural and man-made disasters and pursue initiatives related to workforce development.
- Emerging opportunity analysis for Loudoun County, VA to help them focus their resources on the most promising industry sectors and opportunities, including an analysis of Transit Oriented Development. This analysis guided hiring decisions, a better understanding of the unique prospects related to modern manufacturing, and is being used a primer for all staff on how to proceed with their work.
- Multi-county Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Southern Vermont, including Bennington and Windham County. Since working on this report in her own backyard, significant implementation steps have been made, including being awarded funds by EDA to make infrastructure improvements.
- Economic impact analysis for the State of Louisiana’s Entertainment Tax Credit program which measured how the state’s incentive programs are resulting in significant multiplier impacts throughout the economy. This work is being used by state government to understand the return on their investment in the entertainment industry.
- Market analysis on a 250 acre parcel in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Owned by the State, the market analysis is being used to create a master plan for the site that meets the ever important tests of whether it is financially feasible, market feasible and politically feasible.
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 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.