After serving nearly 10 years as Executive Director of MVPC, Dennis DiZoglio will retire effective November 13, 2016. Dennis has had a long and extremely successful career working in city and regional planning, economic development, management, and public facilitation. Dennis’s ability to facilitate meetings and find consensus is legendary! Also legendary for all who know Dennis is his sharp mind, ability to laugh, and his extraordinary leadership capabilities.
Dennis has a wonderful gift for public service. His storied career actually began as an intern at MVPC. Dennis then worked as an Economic Development Planner in Lawrence; the Planning Director in Taunton and Planning and Community Development Director for the City of Peabody. Then he was off to Methuen where he served as Mayor for six years, followed by six years as the Deputy General Manager of the MBTA, coming full circle returning to MVPC as Executive Director. Dennis has always known how to nicely tie the knot! What a great gift!
With every job he held, Dennis left great accomplishments too numerous to list. It can be clearly recognized though, that he left each position, department, city, and agency he worked for in better shape than when he started. That alone speaks volumes and is an indication of Dennis’s work ethic, enthusiasm, knowledge, and personality.
At MVPC, Dennis graciously recognizes his talented staff as being second to none, and staff in turn recognize in Dennis a manager and leader whose style and direction will truly be missed. Among the many accomplishments during Dennis’s tenure include development of the first regional comprehensive plan in 30 years – The Merrimack Valley Priority Growth Strategy. MVPC also developed the first energy plan for the region – The Merrimack Valley Clean Energy Action Plan. Both Plans were recognized on the Federal and State levels as being model plans for innovation in the industry.
Dennis is also proud to have lead the development of a more succinct, policy driven Regional Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. These Plans now provide goals, objectives, and direction to guide the development of the region into the future.
Possibly one of Dennis’s greatest achievements at MVPC is the new-found relationship he has forged with our member communities – a relationship that has promoted cooperation, coordination and a sharing of ideas and solutions to common regional challenges. The creation of the Merrimack Valley Mayors/Managers Coalition as well as regular meetings with the region’s Planning Directors, DPW Directors, Town Administrators, and state legislators, has given the region’s decision makers a stronger, unified voice. Having Dennis as facilitator in this effort has resulted in more efficiency and effectiveness at the local level by generating solutions to local problems and issues. His ability to turn “ideas” into “actions” has been a focal point of his career and this leadership has helped the region’s communities strengthen and grow.
As is with most leaders, Dennis has served on the Board of Directors and has Chaired no less than a dozen different organizations. Agencies that have benefitted from Dennis’s leadership and organizational skills include the YMCA in Methuen, the Massachusetts Mayor’s Association, the Holy Family Hospital, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association, to name a few.
We all hope Dennis has a very long and prosperous retirement ahead. We know he will especially enjoy spending many hours a week with his five grandchildren (making them Peter Rabbit eggs and beans!), playing tennis, and possibly writing a book for all of his many friends to enjoy. And we all know he will live each day following the 7-Ps! Sorry readers, but if you haven’t heard of the 7-Ps, Dennis will be happy to recite them!
Join us to celebrate Dennis’s Retirement !
Thursday, November 3
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Merrimack Valley Golf Club
The Equinox Ballroom
210 Howe Street Methuen, MA
Hors D’Oeuvres and Cash Bar