Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] - Call for Districts

Through the Transformative Development Initiative, a place-based development program for Gateway Cities, MassDevelopment is soliciting nominations from Gateway City officials and their partners seeking to spur sustained economic development for designated districts in their cities. Once selected, TDI Districts will receive enhanced and customized technical assistance, capacity to implement district plans, real estate services, grants to spur local market activity, access to peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and eligibility for real estate equity investments that will leverage other investments and economic activities.

There are currently 10 TDI Districts in Development, selected after the initial Call for Districts in 2014. As described in the TDI program guidelines, MassDevelopment will identify a second round of locally-nominated strategic redevelopment districts in the Gateway Cities to build on our previous TDI work. This second round will include both new Districts and the extension of existing Districts. Please review the guidelines carefully as they have been modified since the first round.

TDI Call for Districts 2017 Application

MassDevelopment will designate four to six new TDI districts as part of this second round. Current TDI partnerships can either apply for an extension of their existing TDI District, or apply to have a different district in their city considered for designation. Both new and extending Districts can start their application process using our online form.

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Additional Information

To learn more about the Transformative Development Initiative – its origin, the comprehensive “toolkit” available to TDI Districts, and how to prepare your application for the 2017 Call for Districts – please refer to the following:



Date Event
October 17, 2017 TDI Next: Program Expansion Update (Webinar I)
October 24, 2017 TDI Next: Program Expansion Update (Webinar II)
October 24-30, 2017 Regional information sessions and walking tours
October 31, 2017 (9:00-10:00 am) Call for Districts: Application Details (Webinar III)
November 15, 2017 Dedicated session for application Q+A and panel on partnership building
November 17, 2017 (5:00 pm) Expression of interest application due
January 12, 2018 (5:00 pm) Final application for new districts and district extension application due
February 2018 Districts selected
February – June 2018 Partnership development period
February – May 2018 Fellow interview process
July 2018 Districts in Development period begins; new Fellows come on board


For more information, including questions regarding this application process, contact: