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Tarik Abdelazim is the Associate Director of National Technical Assistance for Community Progress. Tarik recently completed eight years of public service in Binghamton, New York under two different executive titles in City Hall. For four years, he served as Deputy Mayor, leading high-priority interdepartmental teams, driving innovative IT/IM reform, and directing award-winning blight prevention initiatives – which twice won first place distinction in Public Administration and Management from the New York Conference of Mayor's Local Government Achievement Awards. Tarik then served for nearly four years as Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development, and spearheaded a variety of cross-sector collaborations around a set of livability and sustainability goals, again winning national distinction for inclusive, bold community development programs. In his capacity as Director of PHCD, Tarik managed and oversaw the implementation of an expansive and diverse portfolio of federal and state grants awards from housing and community development programs, including Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Solutions Grant, US Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and Neighborhood Stabilization Program. He was also instrumental in building interest in and support for the creation of the Broome County Land Bank, one of the first eight land banks established in NY under the state’s 2011 Land Bank Authorization Act.