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Online Resources Links



The links below will take you to useful webpage resources, outside of the UMass Dartmouth system. The webpage URL and a brief description has been included for your convenience.

State Government

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A wealth of information from state agencies that is useful for citizens, businesses, students, and visitors, or those who are just curious about the Bay State.

State of Rhode Island

State of Connecticut


State of Maine


State of New Hampshire

State of Vermont


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Municipal Government

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Founded in 1914, the ICMA is the professional and educational association for more than 8,000 appointed administrators and assistant administrators serving cities, counties, other local governments, and regional entities around the world. ICMA's mission is to strengthen the quality of local government through professional management.

Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing advocacy, training, publications, research and other services to Massachusetts cities and towns.

National League of Cities


The mission of the National League of Cities (NLC) is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. NLC has more than 1,500 member cities, and represents more than 18,000 cities and towns of all sizes throughout the United States.

National Association of Towns and Townships


The purpose NATAT is to strengthen the effectiveness of town and township government. It does so by educating lawmakers and public policy officials about how small town governments operate and by advocating policies on their behalf in Washington, D.C.

National Center for Small Communities

The mission of the NCSC is to provide small town decision makers with the tools to govern effectively and the skills to expand local economies, protect natural resources and preserve community character.

Old Colony Planning Council

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is a governmental entity that was established under state statute in 1967 as a comprehensive regional agency to "prepare plans for the physical, social and economic development of the District".

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD)


The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District is a regional planning agency serving 27 cities and towns in southeastern Massachusetts. SRPEDD (pronounced sir-ped) was set up under state law and is governed by local officials from the member communities. We are involved with planning for transportation and economic development.

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Higher Education Policy

American Council on Education

The American Council on Education is the major coordinating body for all higher education institutions in the United States. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Its members include approximately 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations, and corporations.

Consortium on North American Higher Education Collaboration

CONAHEC was founded to foster collaboration between institutions of higher education in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. CONAHEC also works with North American federal and state/provincial governments on issues relating to higher education. CONAHEC fosters student and faculty exchange, inter-institutional academic program development, collaborative efforts with the business sector, cooperative research projects, and international comparative research and analysis.

Donahue Institute

Established in 1971, The UMass Donahue Institute is the public service, outreach, and economic development unit of University of Massachusetts President's Office. Our unique position within public higher education enables us to provide a valuable bridge between theory and innovation, and real world business applications.

Institute of International Education


The IIE is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919. It has 19 offices worldwide and over 800 college and university IIENetwork members. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships, administered for the U.S. Department of State, and the People, Energy, and Development program administered for USAID. IIE also conducts policy research, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

Massachusetts Board of Higher Education


The Massachusetts system of public higher education system is coordinated by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The system is divided into three segments: 15 community colleges, 9 state colleges, and the 5 campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The Board of Higher Education is an independent advocate for the system of public higher education and a supporter of the significant role played by the independent higher education sector in Massachusetts. The Board is committed to insisting that its institutions use public funds efficiently and avoid unnecessary duplication.

National Center for Education Statistics


NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations. A wealth of statistics.

New England Board of Higher Education

Features the journal Connections , which is related to economic development, and links to the NEBHE's public policy collaborative , a listing of most public policy institutes in New England with a description of their work.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education

OPE directs, coordinates, and recommends federal policies for programs that are designed to provide financial assistance to eligible students; improve post secondary educational facilities and programs; recruit and prepare disadvantaged students for post secondary programs; and promote the domestic study of foreign languages and international affairs, research, and exchange activities.

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Professional Associations

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

With a diverse membership of over 10,000 composed of practitioners, scholars, teachers and students, ASPA is the largest and most prominent professional association in the field of public administration.

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM)

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management encourages excellence in research, teaching, and practice in the field of public policy analysis and management.

Policy Studies Organization


PSO was designed to promote the application of political and social science to important policy problems. It publishes the Policy Studies Journal and the Policy Studies Review.

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Science and Policy Programs

American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science,"Triple A-S" (AAAS), is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of Science.

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Trade and Investment Policy

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The NAFTA Secretariat, comprised of a Canadian Section, a Mexican Section and a United States Section, is responsible for the administration of the dispute settlement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This site is a joint collaborative endeavor of the three national sections. It contains information on the dispute settlement proceedings, legal texts and panel decisions and reports respecting the NAFTA, including the full text of the Agreement.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

The OECD consists of 30 member countries who share a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGO's and civil society , it has a global reach, although most of its members are considered developed countries. The OECD is best known for its publications and its statistics, which cover economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Established in 1964, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) seeks to assist the integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD is the focal point within the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and the interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development. UNCTAD compiles statistics that are relevant for the analysis of international trade, foreign direct investment, commodities and development.

United States Bureau of Economic Analysis


The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis collects statistics on the U.S. international balance of payments, trade in goods and services (exports and imports), international investment position, direct investment, and more.

United States International Trade Commission


The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. The Commission serves the public by implementing U.S. law and contributing to the development and implementation of sound and informed U.S. trade policy.

World Bank


The World Bank's mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty. This site includes World Bank publications, as well as data and statistics.

World Trade Organization


The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business without undue restrictions on trade.

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