Office: Portland, OR
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Minnesota
M.A. American Studies, Purdue University
B.A. Political Science, Purdue University
Abe Farkas, ECONorthwest’s Director of Development Services, has over three decades of experience in crafting and implementing sustainable redevelopment and economic strategies utilizing public-private partnerships to improve downtowns, neighborhoods, business districts, and educational environments in communities across the country. Projects in which Abe has played a key role include: mixed-use and mixed income developments; historic preservation and adaptive re-use of older facilities; educational, research, high and clean tech, and social service developments; high capacity transit projects including street car, light rail and aerial tram; transit oriented development; brownfield redevelopment; affordable and workforce housing developments; and public parks, trails and plazas.
Previously, Abe was the Development Director for the Portland Development Commission; Planning and Development Director for the City of Eugene, Oregon; Economic Development Manager for the City of Seattle; Director of Community Development and Planning for the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and assistant professor of Housing and Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. Abe has served on numerous non-profit and professional boards and councils including the International Economic Development Council (former Board member) and the Urban Land Institute (Inner City and Public-Private Partnerships Councils), and has made presentations on various urban, community, economic and sustainable development topics to communities and professional groups in cities across the country as well as internationally.Download Resume