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The City of Minot has hired John Zakian as its National Disaster Resilience Program Manager. He will oversee Minot’s $74.3 million NDR program and all of its associated projects, plans, and activities. Zakian begins his duties June 1.
“We’re excited to have someone with John’s background and experience join our team,” said Minot City Manager Tom Barry. “We have positioned ourselves to move forward with the projects we have targeted to help us become a more resilient city, and having John on our staff will help us accomplish those goals. He will be a great addition.”
Zakian has an extensive background in economic and housing development, finance, municipal services, and disaster recovery consulting. Since April 2013, Zakian has been a contract consultant working for the New York City Office of Management and Budget, providing guidance as the city administers HUD’s $4.2 billion Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery plan following the devastation caused in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy.
Zakian earned his Bachelor of Arts in government from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1972. He completed his Master of Public Administration from New York’s Pace University in 1985.
As Minot’s NDR Program Manager, Zakian will report directly to Barry, and work in conjunction with City of Minot Planning Director and Chief Resilience Officer Robert Davis, City of Minot Federal Compliance Officer Chris Owen, and NDR Program Advisor Cindy Hemphill.
As one of 13 locations nationwide to receive funding from HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition in 2016, Minot must expend the funds by Sept. 30, 2022. The funding will be used to focus on the three areas outlined in the NDR application Minot submitted in 2015. Those three project areas include reducing flood risks and improving water management ($21 million); building affordable, resilient neighborhoods, including a downtown gathering space and a family shelter ($43 million); and fostering economic resilience and diversification ($5 million). The remaining funds are allocated to planning and administrative costs.
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