Mayor Bill Finch announced on Wednesday the hiring of Parag Agrawal as the city’s new planning director. He replaces the retired Michael Nidoh who occupied the position for more than two decades.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Parag on board,” said Finch in a statement. “With his extensive planning background in urban and suburban areas, he’s well equipped to help make Bridgeport a better place to live, work, and raise a family. He’s a great asset to our team.”
Agrawal joins the city with more than 12 years of leadership experience in development and implementation of planning projects that encourage sustainable growth practices, foster economic development, and promote urban revitalization, according to a news release by the mayor. In his previous roles, Agrawal served as Senior Planner for the Planning Department of Montgomery County in Maryland; Long Range Planner in the Office of Planning and Zoning of Anne Arundel County in Maryland; and Assistant Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Columbus, Ohio.
“We’re thrilled to have Parag join our team at a critical time in the city where economic development is moving at a rapid pace,” said David Kooris, Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development. “I’m glad that we have a seasoned veteran joining us as we look to make our city a cleaner, safer, and stronger place to live and work.”
Agrawal has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.