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Division of Economic Development

cfpafinalogoThe Division of Economic Development is UMass Dartmouth's leading research organization in this area, with more than two decades of consulting experience in producing custom designed studies for public and private sector clients. The division's economic development experts have produced dozens of reports in the areas of economic impact analysis, economic base analysis, industry analysis, and workforce development strategies. The division works with state and regional economic development agencies, municipal economic development offices, workforce investment boards, trade and labor associations, private businesses, venture capital firms, and investment managers.

Below is a list of projects conducted by the Center for Policy Analysis on behalf of various groups and agencies since 2003, most of which are available on-line in .pdf format by clicking on the report titles.

Please visit the Division of Economic Development Archive page for studies completed prior to 2003.


Southcoast Health System: Economic Contributions to Regional & State Economies

Economic Development Research Series 72
September, 2012
Sponsor: Southcoast Health System

Project Description: The report estimates the economic impact of Southcoast Health System on four impact areas: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts, the State of Rhode Island, and East Bay/Aquidneck Island, RI. The major findings are that Southcoast Health system has a significant positive impact on the state and regional economies and is a particularly strong economic engine for the Southeastern Massachusetts economy.


New England Casino Gaming Update, 2012

Economic Development Research Series 73
April 2012
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Project Description: Massachusetts residents in 2011 continued their 19-year flirtation with New England’s gaming venues by spending nearly $909 million on gaming and non-gaming amenities at Connecticut's destination resort casinos and at the slot parlors in Rhode Island and Maine, and by making more than 7.1 million visits to those same facilities, or the seventh year in a row, Massachusetts residents patronizing New England's casinos and slot parlors, collectively, generated more tax revenues to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine state governments combined than did the residents of any other state.


New England Casino Gaming Update, 2011

Economic Development Research Series 71
April 2011
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

For the seventh year in a row, Massachusetts residents patronizing New England's casinos and slot parlors, collectively, generated more tax revenues to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine state governments combined than did the residents of any other state.


Pathways to the Future: Market Analysis for the South Sandwich Village Center

Economic Development Research Series No. 70
March 2010
Sponsor: Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts

Project Description:The South Sandwich Village Center (SSVC) is a 298-acre mixed-use development that serves as the central marketplace for Sandwich residents. The Town retained the UMass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis and Urban Initiative to develop a market analysis of the SSVC to determine the types of businesses and industries that are the highest and best use for the development.


Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board: Workforce Development Policy Blueprint, 2009 

Economic Development Research Series No. 69
August 2009
Sponsor: Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board

Project Description:The purpose of the Blueprint is to provide an overall analysis of the Workforce Investment Area’s economy while identifying the needs and gaps in the local labor market. The Blueprint includes four major sections: an economic base analysis, a demographic analysis, a cluster and sector analysis, and an occupational analysis.


Newport Opera House: An Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Development Research Series No. 67
April 2008
Sponsor: The Field Organization

Project Description: The Newport Performing Arts Center is proposing a $10,875,000 restoration and revitalization of the Newport Opera House. The purpose of the renovations is to restore the former opera house, vaudeville stage, and movie palace to its former position as a centerpiece of downtown Newport, Rhode Island. The Center for Policy Analysis at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was retained to conduct an economic impact analysis of the proposed project, including its construction (year 0) and operations phase (years 1-3).


Cyberarts Economic Impact Analysis, 2007  

Economic Development Research Series No. 65
September 2007
Sponsor: Massachusetts Cultural Council and Boston Cyberarts, Inc.

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis was retained by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to conduct a program evaluation and economic impact analysis of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival was held from April 20 to May 6, 2007 and included 60 arts and educational organizations and over 200 artists, curators and professionals.


ArtsUnion Economic Impact Analysis 2006

Economic Research Series No. 64
December 2006
Sponsor: Somerville Arts Council

Project Description: The Somerville Arts Council, working with the Somerville Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, implemented an arts-based economic development program in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. Now in its second year, "ArtsUnion" is a project initiative designed to boost the cultural economic development of Union Square in Somerville.The Center for Policy Analysis was retained by Somerville Arts Council to conduct an economic impact analysis of the ArtsUnion project. This report also includes results from the special event and craft market surveys as well as results from a survey completed by artists and artisans.


AHA! Open Studios 2006 Program Evaluation & Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Development Research Series No. 63
October 2006
Sponsor: AHA! Committee

Project Description: New Bedford Open Studios (NBOS) features the work of 84 local artists who open their studios to the public at multiple locations throughout New Bedford. Visitors to Open Studios are able to meet the artists and to purchase their work during the event. Open Studios 2006 was held on September 30 and October 1. The Center for Policy Analysis was retained to conduct a survey evaluation and economic impact analysis of the program.


SouthCoast Workforce Development Update: The Local Economic Impact of Bank Mergers

Economic Development Research Series 62
May 2006
Sponsor: Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board

Project Description: In June 2004, CFPA issued a SouthCoast Workforce Development Update that focused on the banking sector of the financial services industry because a recent wave of mergers and acquisitions was having a significant and immediate impact on the SouthCoast workforce. This update of the local economic impacts of bank consolidation in the SouthCoast carries the previous update a step further by estimating the indirect and induced negative impacts of bank consolidation on other industries, as well as the micro-level impacts on terminated bank employees.


Life of Facility Gambling Revenues

Economic Development Research Series 60
November 2005
Sponsor: Center for Policy Analysis

Project Description: This press release and accompanying data files present estimated lifetime revenues for Foxwoods Resort, Mohegan Sun, Lincoln Park, and Newport Grand. The analysis is based on data compiled during the past 13 fiscal years, through June 30, 2005, by the Connecticut Division of Special Revenue (CDSR), the Rhode Island State Lottery (RISL), the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Form 10K filings, and patron origin studies conducted by the CFPA since 1995.

Press Release (81k pdf)

Spreadsheet of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun estimated revenues FY 1993 to FY 2005

Spreadsheet of Lincoln Park and Newport Grand estimated revenues FY 1993 to FY 1995


Education and Ethnicity in Southeastern Massachusetts II: 1980 to 2000

Economic Development Research Series 59
February 2005
Sponsor: Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

Project Description: This report is a follow-up to Toby Huff's 1989 study that examines changes in the formal educational attainment of Portuguese Americans in the Portuguese Archipelago from 1980 to 2000. It compares the educational attainment of persons of Portuguese ancestry to non-Portuguese residents and to those of other ancestries in the area. The report explores several factors that are correlated with educational attainment, such as foreign birth, year of immigration, age, and English ability, while it also compares the educational attainment of foreign born to native born Portuguese. Finally, the report examines some of the outcomes of education correlated with educational attainment such as income and occupation.


Arts, Artisans, and Cultural Organizations: Economic Impact Analysis of an Emerging Industry on Cape Cod & The Islands

Economic Research Series 58
April 2005
Sponsor: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Project Description: The purpose of this analysis is to estimate the current regional economic impact of arts, artisans, and cultural organizations on Cape Cod and the Islands. The economic impact analysis and supporting surveys will start a process leading to the publication of a guide featuring the artisans and artisans working in the Cape and Islands region toward the goal of enhancing the region’s national and international visibility within the arts, artisans, and cultural industry.


The Marine Science and Technology Industry in New England

Economic Research Series 56
August 2004
Sponsor: MassDevelopment Corporation

Project Description: New England's marine science and technology industry today has grown through technology, sophistication, and market outlook into a robust cluster that covers five states. In 2004, 481 firms in this marine science and technology cluster directly employed more than 38,906 people in New England and produced annual sales worth over $4.8 billion. This reports examines the marine science and technology industry in New England.


More than Dollars Alone: The Economic and Security Significance of Hanscom Air Force Base and the Natick Soldier Systems Center

Economic Research Series 55
August 2004
Sponsor: MassDevelopment Corporation

Project Description: An analysis of the statewide economic impacts of Hanscom Air Force Base and Natick Soldier Systems Center.


SouthCoast Workforce Development Update: Banking

Economic Research Series No. 54
June 2004
Sponsor: Greater New Bedford Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Project Description: The SouthCoast Workforce Development Update focuses on the banking industry because a recent wave of mergers and acquisitions is having a significant and immediate impact on the SouthCoast workforce. However, the impact of bank consolidation on employment and employees is not sufficiently addressed by state and federal workforce development policy or the Community Reinvestment Act. Published reports by bank officials indicate that as many as 500 employees, or as much as 33% of the South Coast's remaining banking sector employment, could be eliminated over the next 18 to 24 months. Yet, there are few provisions for dealing with employment dislocation in the banking sector.


Boston Cyberarts Program Evaluation and Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 46
September 2003
Sponsor: Massachusetts Cultural Council and Boston Cyberarts, Inc.

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis was retained by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to conduct a program evaluation and economic impact analysis of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival was held from April 26 to May 11, 2003. The 2003 Cyberarts Festival includes over 75 organizations and 100 programs with over 350 artists, humanists, and scientists.


Campus Provincetown Program Evaluation and Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 46
September 2003
Sponsor: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Project Description: The Center for Policy Analysis was retained by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to conduct a program evaluation and economic impact analysis of Campus Provincetown. Campus Provincetown is designed to encourage off-season economic development by building on Provincetown's rich cultural history. This is accomplished by promoting educational enterprises that attract, create jobs, and increase business and cultural activity.


AHA! Thursday Nights in the City: Year 4 Economic Impact

Economic Research Series No. 44
August 2003
Sponsor: AHA! Committee

Project Description: The City of New Bedford is promoting a cultural economic development project as part of its downtown revitalization strategy that incorporates tourism and cultural assets as a key business development cluster. The City of New Bedford is attempting to capitalize on its cultural assets and stimulate additional economic activity by sponsoring a monthly Arts and Culture Night. On the Arts and Culture Night, downtown businesses and attractions will remain open until 9pm to attract additional visitations and expenditures by tourists and out-of-town visitors. The purpose of the MCC grant is to measure the economic impact of these nights on downtown New Bedford businesses and cultural attractions on a continuing basis.


BJ's Wholesale Club: Fiscal and Economic Impact on Cape Cod

Economic Research Series No. 43
June 2003
Sponsor: The Tarkinow Group, LLC

Project Description: Continued to provide additional research support as follow-up to an earlier economic and fiscal impact analysis of a BJ's Wholesale Club proposed for the Town of Barnstable. The project was approved by the Cape Cod Commission as a Development of Regional Impact (DRI).


Massachusetts Cultural Council: Program Review and Economic Impact Analysis of Local Cultural Councils, 1993 to 2002

Economic Research Series No. 42
June 2003
Sponsor: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Project Description: A program evaluation and fiscal and economic impact analysis of the Local Cultural Council's program (1993 to 2002). The LCC Program is a grassroots network of 335 local cultural councils that serve all of the state's 351 towns and cities by awarding monies granted to them by the MCC in ways that make arts and cultural activities accessible to all segments of the Commonwealth's population. The report constructs an estimate of the annual and cumulative economic impacts of the program by county and for selected cities.


Super Stop & Shop: Fiscal Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 41
April 2003
Sponsor: Atlantis Development, LLC

Project Description: An analysis of the potential fiscal impact of a proposed Super Stop & Shop on the Town of Barnstable. The redevelopment project is a development of regional impact (DRI) under the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan (1996). The fiscal impact analysis will be submitted to the Town of Barnstable Economic Development Council and the Cape Cod Commission as part of the DRI review process.

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