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Division of Economic Development Archive

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This page contains reports conducted prior to January 1, 2003. To access more recent Division of Economic Development reports, please visit the main Division of Economic Development page.

The Division of Economic Development is UMass Dartmouth's leading research organization in this area, with nearly 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's business innovation experts do technology assessment, market analysis, project feasibility analysis, and survey and behavioral research. The division works with state and regional economic development agencies, municipal economic development offices, workforce investment boards, trade associations, private businesses, venture capital firms, and investment managers.

The following is a list of projects with brief descriptions conducted by the Center for Policy Analysis on behalf of various groups and agencies.


Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board: Regional Blueprint, 2002

Economic Research Series No. 40
October 2002
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board

Project Description: The Regional Blueprint is an economic base analysis of the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Area. The analysis identifies critical and emerging industries and occupational trends within those industries. The report identifies occupations with high rates projected growth in critical and emerging industries and targets them for local workforce investment funds.

Final Report (.pdf)

A Workforce Resource Factbook was developed as part of the project. The Factbook provides a comprehensive listing of public, private, and non-profit agencies in Massachusetts that provide workforce development and job training to the Cape and Islands Workforce Area.


Toward a New Prosperity: Building Regional Competitiveness Across the Commonwealth (Southeast Region)

Economic Research Series No. 38
Fall 2002
Author: Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Economic Development

Project Description: Economic base analysis of the Southeastern Massachusetts region (Bristol & Plymouth Counties). The report identifies major business clusters and growth sectors in the region. It analyzes business vitality, job growth, and wage and income trends in the region. It also examines population growth, housing, income, education, and other demographic trends of the region’s population.

Full Report


Toward a New Prosperity: Building Regional Competitiveness Across the Commonwealth (Cape and Islands Region)

Economic Research Series No. 37
Fall 2002
Author: David R. Borges
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Economic Development

Project Description: Economic base analysis of Cape Cod & the Islands region. The report identifies major business clusters and growth sectors in the region. It analyzes business vitality, job growth, and wage and income trends in the region. It also examines population growth, housing, income, education, and other demographic trends of the region’s population.


SouthCoast Tourism Weekend (May 17 - 19, 2002): Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 35
May 2002
Authors: Shawna E. Sweeney and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: SouthCoast Development Partnership

Project Description: Nearly 40 tourist-related establishments in New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Mattapoisett, and Westport participated in the Hometown Tourism Weekend by offering free admission or discounts to entertainment venues and area retailers. The report measures the additional economic impact generated by the weekend at venues and area retailer establishments.

Full Report (154k pdf)


AHA! Thursday Nights in the City: Year 3 Economic Impact

Economic Research Series No. 39
August 2002
Author: David R. Borges
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 9:00 pm 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.

Full Report(125k pdf)


Greater Brockton Economic Base Analysis: Critical and Emerging Industries and Workforce Development Targets

Economic Research Series No. 33
January 2002
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Greater Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board

Project Description: Economic base analysis of the Greater Brockton Workforce Investment Area. The analysis identifies critical and emerging industries and occupational trends within those industries. The report identifies occupations with high rates of projected growth in critical and emerging industries and targets them for local workforce investment funds.

Full Report (432k pdf)

This presentation was delivered to a meeting of the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, held at the Martin Institute, Stonehill College, January 24, 2002.

Power Point Presentation (167k ppt)


Hometown Tourism Weekend (October 11 - 14, 2001): Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 34
October 2001
Authors: Shawna E. Sweeney and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: SouthCoast Development Partnership

Project Description: Nearly 40 tourist-related establishments in New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Mattapoisett, and Westport Massachusetts participated in the Hometown Tourism Weekend by offering free admission or discounts to entertainment venues and area retailers. The report measures the additional economic impact generated by the weekend at venues and area retail establishments.

Full Report (1.4 MB pdf)


Greater Bristol Workforce Investment Area: Developing Strategies for Recruiting, Retaining and Training the Workforce of Tomorrow: A Blueprint for Action

Economic Research Series No. 30
October 2001
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, and Steven Andrade
Sponsor: Bristol Workforce Investment Board

Project Description: Economic base analysis of the Greater Bristol Workforce Investment Area. The analysis identifies critical and emerging industries and occupational trends within those industries. The report identifies occupations with high rates of projected growth in critical and emerging industries and targets them for local workforce investment funds.

Full Report (273k pdf)


Greater New Bedford Economic Base Analysis: Critical and Emerging Industries and Workforce Development Targets

Economic Research Series No. 29
September 2001
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow and David R. Borges
Sponsor: Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board

Project Description: Economic base analysis of the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Area. The analysis identifies critical and emerging industries and occupational trends within those industries. The report identifies occupations with high rates of projected growth in critical and emerging industries and targets them for local workforce investment funds.

Full Report (317k pdf)


AHA! Thursday Nights in the City: Year 2 Economic Impact

Economic Research Series No. 28
July 2001
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: AHA! Committee

Project Description: The City of New Bedford is attempting to capitalize on its cultural assests 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 9:00 pm to attact additional visitations and expenditures by tourists and out-of-town visitors. The purpose of the report is to measure the economic impact of these nights on downtown New Bedford businesses and cultural attractions.

Full Report (144k pdf)


Help! Wanted: Cape Cod's Summer Workforce

Economic Research Series No. 26
October 2000
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Cape Cod Commission

Project Description: An analysis of the size and structure of Cape Cod's seasonal workforce with particular emphasis on the problems of workforce recruitment in a full employment economy.

Full Report (523k pdf)


AHA! Arts, History, Architecture: Program Evaluation and Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 25
July 2000
Authors: David R. Borges and Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: New Bedford Economic Development Council

Project Description: The City of New Bedford is attempting to capitalize on its cultural assests 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 9:00 pm to attact additional visitations and expenditures by tourists and out-of-town visitors. The purpose of the report is to measure the economic impact of these nights on downtown New Bedford businesses and cultural attractions.

Full Report (124k pdf)


Economic Impacts of the Marine Economy in Massachusetts

Economic Research Series No. 24
June 2000
Author: Daniel Georgianna
Sponsor: UMass Economic Project

Project Description: The report estimates the total economic impact of the marine economy in Massachusetts, including the fishing industry, seafood processing, tourism, marine science and technology.


Economic Impacts of the Textile and Apparel Industries in Massachusetts

Economic Research Series No. 23
May 2000
Author: Clyde W. Barrow and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: UMass Economic Project

Project Description: The project develops a base line economic impact analysis of the Massachusetts textile industry. The report develops a textile industry-specific data base and explores technological and business developments within the industry.


Economic & Fiscal Impact of Three Casino & Entertainment Resorts in Massachusetts: Salisbury Beach, Hampden & Bristol Counties

Economic Research Series No. 22
April 1999
Author: Clyde W. Barrow and David R. Borges
Sponsor: The Visions Group

Project Description: An analysis of the potential economic & fiscal impact of three casino resorts proposed under the Massachusetts Casino Control Act. The analysis estimates the employment and income impacts for both the construction and operations phase of casino development using the IMPLAN modeling system. The analysis also estimates local property tax revenues, state income tax payments, and indirect business taxes that would be generated by the three facilities.


Casino Gaming & State Lotteries: A Fiscal Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 21
April 1999
Authors: Jeffrey Dense and Emily Hodgson
Sponsor: The Visions Group

Project Description: An analysis of the potential fiscal impact of casino gambling on state lottery performance and state revenue collections of the casinos proposed by the Massachusetts Casino Control Act. The study evaluates the potential impact of casino gaming on state lottery revenues with statistical techniques including pre-test/post-test intervention analysis, regression analysis, a correlation matrix, and comparison to other states.


Patron Origin Analysis: New Hampshire Greyhound & Thoroughbred Racing Facilities

Economic Research Series No. 20
February 1999
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, Jeffrey Dense, David R. Borges, Shawna A. Sweeney, and Michelle Cote
Sponsor: The Visions Group

Project Description: The study constructs an estimate of the geographic origins of visitors to New Hampshire's racing facilities, particularly the percentage of patrons who are residents of Massachusetts. The results of the patron survey and other data were used to estimate the annual wagers of Massachusetts' residents at the three racing facilities.


Patron Origin Analysis: Foxwoods Resort Casino & Mohegan Sun Casino

Economic Research Series No. 19
February 1999
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, Jeffrey Dense, Shawna E. Sweeney, and Michelle Cote
Sponsor: The Visions Group

Project Description: The study constructs an estimate of the geographic origins of visitors to Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino, particularly the percentage of patrons who are residents of Massachusetts. The results of the patron survey were used to estimate the annual expenditures of Massachusetts' residents at the two gaming facilities.


Convention and Public Assemblies Facilities Market & Feasibility Study: Southeast Region; Supplemental Report

Economic Research Series No. 18
June 1999
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Project Description: A statewide feasibility study of proposed tourism initiatives and conference-related facilities. The Center for Policy Analysis provided liason, research support, market and economic data on Southeastern Massachusetts. The supplemental report reanalyzed previous findings using an expanded definition of Southeastern Massachusetts (i.e., Bristol and Plymouth Counties).


Convention and Public Assemblies Facilities Market & Feasibility Study: Cape Cod Region

Economic Research Series No. 17
December 1998
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Project Description: A statewide feasibility study of proposed tourism initiatives and conference-related facilities. The Center for Policy Analysis provided liaison, research support, market and economic data for Cape Cod.


Convention and Public Assemblies Facilities Market & Feasibility Study: Southeast Region

Economic Research Series No. 16
December 1998
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, and Shawna E. Sweeney
Sponsor: Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Project Description: A statewide feasibility study of proposed tourism initiatives and conference-related facilities. The Center for Policy Analysis provided liason, research support, market and economic data on Southeastern Massachusetts.


Ball Grid Array & Isothermal Compliant Solder Technology: A Technology Assessment

Economic Research Series No. 15
January 1999
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow and Marc Salerno
Sponsor: Technology Transfer, Inc.

Project Description: An assessment of the problems involved with solder ball reliability in the new ball grid arrays technology used for attaching chips to computer motherboards and other electronic devices.


Engine Valve Stem Seals: Purchasing Contacts

Economic Research Series No. 14
November 1998
Author: David R. Borges
Sponsor: Acushnet Rubber Company, Inc.

Project Description: Identified engine manufacturers using elastomer valve stem seals. Identified corporate purchasing and supplier relations contacts within the identified firms.


Brake-by-Wire: Purchasing Contacts & Corporate Profiles

Economic Research Series No. 13
September 1998
Author: Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Acushnet Rubber Company, Inc.

Project Description: Identified corporate purchasing and supplier relations contacts for multinational corporations involved in the development and production of brake-by-wire technology.


Brake-by-Wire: A Technology Assessment

Economic Research Series No. 12
July 1998
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, Marc Slaerno, and Marcus Bueche
Sponsor: Acushnet Rubber Company, Inc.

Project Description: An assessment of the impact of new brake-by-wire technology on the production and sale of elastomer brake components.


The Value of Monkfish to New Bedford

Economic Research Series No. 11
January 1998
Authors: Daniel Georgianna and Alan Cass
Sponsor: Trio Algarvio, Inc.

Project Description: An analysis of the economic value of monkfish to the New Bedford fishing and seafood processing industry.


The Massachusetts Model of One-Stop Career Centers: Working or Not?

Economic Research Series No. 10
January 1998
Author: Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, and Service Employees International Union

Project Description: A preliminary analysis of the implementation and performance of competitive one-stop career centers in Massachusetts. The study was conducted to assess its implications for a proposal by the State of Michigan to emulate the "Massachusetts Model" through a competitive system of one-stop career centers.

Full Report


Survey of Air Passenger Demand for New York City

Economic Research Series No. 9
May 1997
Authors: David R. Borges and Paul Vigeant
Sponsor: New Bedford CEO Club

Project Description: Survey of corporate travel from Southeastern Massachusetts to New York City airports. Purpose of the survey was to determine the feasibility of commercial air passenger commuter service from New Bedford Regional Airport to Newark Airport.


Economic Impact of the A.T. & T. Facility

Economic Research Series No. 8
April 1997
Author: Clyde W. Barrow
Sponsor: Moore and Isherwood, Inc.

Project Description: Estimated the economic impacts produced by reopening the Fairhaven A.T. & T. facility for inclusion with a tax abatement request submitted to the Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts.


Southern New England School of Law: A Regional Economic Impact Analysis

Economic Research Series No. 7
September 1996
Author: William Hogan
Sponsor: Southern New England School of Law

Project Description: A regional economic impact analysis of the Southern New England School of Law, including ten year estimated projections, that employs the standard assessment methodology recommended by the American Council on Education. The economic impact analysis is required as part of the law school's application for accreditation to the American Bar Association.


Town Center Apartments: Assisted Living Facility Feasibility Study

Economic Research Series No. 6
October 1996
Authors: Peter Fuller, Clyde W. Barrow, and William Hogan
Sponsor: Town Center Apartments, Inc.

Project Description: Prepared the feasibility study for the proposed conversion of a vacant mill building into a 180-unit assisted living residential complex in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The feasibility study included data on market availability, financial feasibility, regional population demographics, and information on architectural and engineering design.


Cost Savings Associated with Telecommunications and Data Processing in Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Economic Research Series No. 5
August 1996
Authors: Clyde W. Barrow, David R. Borges, and William Hogan
Sponsor: First Bristol Corporation and 200 Mill Rd. Associates, L.P.

Project Description: Estimated costs savings for telecommunications and data processing operations locating in Fairhaven, Massachusetts compared to similar operations in the Greater Boston/Route 128 corridor. Cost comparisons include wages and salaries, lease rates, commercial property tax rates, electricity rates, and water and sewer rates. Documents that a 500 employee firm will achieve annual cost savings of $4 million to $5 million annually by shifting telecommunications and data processing functions to Fairhaven, Massachusetts.


The Massachusetts Marine Economy

Economic Research Series No. 4
April 1991
Author: William Hogan, Daniel Georgianna, and Toby Huff
Sponsor: Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation

Project Description: An analysis of the industrial structure and economic impact of the Massachusetts marine economy.


Issues in Coastal Resource Management

Economic Research Series No. 3
December 1987
Author: David Berger and Mona Racine
Sponsor: Massachusetts Bay Skills Corporation

Project Description not available.


Strategies for Aquaculture Development in Massachusetts

Economic Research Series No. 2
March 1986
Author: Henry S. Parker
Sponsor: Bay State Skills Corporation and Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs

Project Description not available.


Studies in the Marine Economy of Massachusetts

Economic Research Series No. 1
October 1985
Authors: Toby Huff
Sponsor: Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs

Project Description: An analysis of the structure and current trends (1985) in aquaculture, shellfish management, marine-based bio-technology, and commercial fishing industries in Southeastern Massachusetts.


What's Happening to Jobs in Massachusetts?: An Examination of Employment Trends, 1989-1994

Miscellaneous Research Series No. 3
July 1994
Author: David Berger
Sponsor: Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Project Description: An analysis of non-agricultural employment trends, job loss, and job creation in Massachusetts from 1989 to 1994.

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