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Mike Pavia - biography

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Mike Pavia is the Owner and Director of Pavia Development LLC, a residential and commercial real estate managing and construction business located in Stamford, Connecticut.

As a business leader committed to building a better Stamford, Mike also brings considerable expertise in the urban planning and development fields. His work as an accomplished site planner and environmentally-conscious land use consultant is acknowledged and respected by colleagues and competitors alike.

While Mike’s business success is hard-earned, the result of sound decision-making and his ability to recognize, recruit and nurture top talent, Mike is equally proud of his distinguished record of public service where he applied many elements of his business expertise.

A lifelong resident of Stamford, Mike served as Stamford’s Police Commissioner for eight years, from 1983 to 1991, during one of Stamford’s most challenging and exciting growth periods. During his tenure, he chaired the selection panel that hired approximately 100 new police officers, participated in a national search that hired a new police chief and initiated new policies and procedures to improve police services throughout Stamford. An active community organizer and supporter, Mike was also on the board of Directors of the Stamford Historical Society and the Springdale Neighborhood Association. Most recently, Mike served on the Board of Representatives, representing Stamford’s 18th District from 2003 to 2006.

Mike’s public service career began nearly 30 years ago as an Environmental Health Sanitarian with the Stamford Health Department where he was instrumental in creating the City’s first comprehensive water pollution control and enforcement program. When Stamford formed the Environmental Protection Board, Mike was hired as the first Executive Director in 1976. There, Mike transformed the fledgling agency into an important and effective regulatory body by establishing the policies and procedures needed to protect wetlands, watercourses and other important natural resources.
From 1991 to 1995, Mike served as Public Works Commissioner for the City of Stamford. Incorporating his expertise in development, urban planning and the environment, he implemented many successful programs within the Department that resulted in significant cost savings and increased efficiencies. His creation of a “Capital Projects” team of experts responsible for the oversight and implementation of all capital construction resulted in major projects being delivered on time and under budget.

Under Mike’s leadership, Stamford also successfully raised the rate of recycling to over 35 percent of the total waste stream, saving the City over two million dollars in disposal costs. During Mike’s tenure as head of Public Works, Stamford was recognized by state officials for having one of the most comprehensive and productive recycling programs in Connecticut.

In addition to his business and governmental achievements, Mike proudly serves on a number of community boards and committees that are dedicated to improving quality of life issues for Stamford residents. These include: The North Stamford Association, the Davenport Farm Association and the Homer Lee Wise Memorial Committee which honors the World War II Congressional Medal of Honor hero.
Mike holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University School of Public Administration. He studied under a fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, awarded for his accomplishments in environmental protection.

A father of two, Mike and his wife, Maureen, also a Stamford native, live in Davenport Farm. They enjoy two young grandchildren who live with their parents in Stamford.

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