For Immediate Release - January 30, 2009


BOSTON- Friday, January 30, 2009 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced that Greg Bialecki will succeed Dan O'Connell as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. Dan O'Connell is stepping down after serving in his role for two years.

"Dan O'Connell has helped us position Massachusetts as a global leader in key sectors such as life sciences, and I thank him for his service and commitment to the job," said Governor Patrick. "Greg Bialecki will pick up where Dan leaves off as we continue to prepare the Commonwealth for a strong economic recovery once the recession ends."

Before joining the Administration, Bialecki practiced for more than 20 years as a real estate, business and environmental lawyer at the law firms of Hill & Barlow and DLA Piper Rudnick, where his work focused on major urban redevelopment projects. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

"I thank the Governor for his confidence in me and in all of us who have worked together for the last two years under Dan O'Connell's strong leadership," Bialecki said. "I look forward to continuing the important work of this secretariat and pursuing our 'jobs and homes' agenda."

Bialecki will take on new challenges at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development by implementing some of Governor Patrick's key policy initiatives including growing jobs and investments in Massachusetts, carrying out the Administration's efforts to end homelessness in Massachusetts in the next 10 years, and developing comprehensive identity theft regulations.

Under O'Connell's leadership, EOHED helped position Massachusetts as a leader in the global economy, particularly with the passage of the landmark Life Sciences law that will invest $1 billon over 10 years to spur growth and development in that sector.

The Administration's housing and economic accomplishments include establishing a successful managed competition system for auto insurance that gives good drivers more choices and better rates for car insurance, and refocusing efforts to improve economic growth in the various regions of the state through initiatives such as establishing growth districts, streamlining permitting and investing in broadband infrastructure for regions currently without service.