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  • The Urban Initiative released the Bristol County Veterans Needs Assessment, a report that analyzes characteristics and needs of Veterans in the region that was conducted in partnership with the Veteran's Transition House.
  • Our April newsletter can be accessed here.

March 2014

  • Our March newsletter is available at this link.
  • The Standard-Times wrote about the event the Urban Initiative hosted on 3/28 in partnership with MassINC on the Gateway Cities Education Vision.
  • Another Standard-Times article features a new collaboration with Friends Academy's Center for Education Innovation to evaluate their programs in New Bedford Public Schools.

February 2014

  • Read about our latest projects, blog posts, events and opportunities happening in Fall River, New Bedford, and beyond in our February newsletter.

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

  • Our high school interns published their report on college access in the SouthCoast, developed through rigorous research conducted over the summer.
  • This Standard-Times article features our interns' college access research.
  • The Standard-Times highlights our civic infrastructure research in an article about collaborative leadership and the work being done by the Boston Fed and Living Cities to promote it.
  • Listen to Project Manager Colleen Dawicki's interview with K-LOVE radio, a 20-minute discussion that covers the Urban Initiative's mission, current projects, and ways for students to get involved in our work.
  • Here's our November newsletter.

October 2013

  • Undergraduate research assistant Mike McCarthy pens an op-ed on MCAS scores in Gateway Cities for Fall River's Herald News
  • Graduate research assistant Katya Starostina's analysis of school financing in New Bedford is published in the Standard-Times.
  • The Worcester Telegram and Gazette highlighted our civic infrastructure research in an article that profiled that city's high rankings in the areas of individual charitable giving, foundation grant-making, and newspaper readership.
  • Read our October newsletter.

September 2013

  • Read our September newsletter
  • Listen to Colleen Dawicki discuss civic infrastructure with the Standard Times editorial board. 
  • Follow our project progress with our monthly update.

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

  • Read our June newsletter here
  • The June project update is available on our blog.

May 2013

April 2013

  • Read our April newsletter here.
  • This month, we began posting a monthly project update on the blog. Read April's here.

March 2013

  • Read our March newsletter here.
  • Project Manager Colleen Dawicki served as a panelist at a MassINC- and Transportation 4 Massachusetts-sponsored event on regional public transit. Read the Herald News story here
  • We announced a photo contest to promote and generate content for the SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project. Read the SouthCoast Business Bulletin article here.

February 2013

  • The Urban Initiative and the UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Policy present 'Sustainable Cities,' a series featuring the research of our graduate assistants. Click here to learn more.
  • Our February newsletter is now available. 
  • We kicked off our 'Sustainable Cities' graduate student speaker series, presented in partnership with the Department of Public Policy. Learn about the series here.

January 2013

December 2012 

November 2012 

October 2012 

September 2012 

  • The Urban Initiative released the first report of our multi-year evaluation of the Taunton (MA) Housing Authority's HOPE VI project. Read the baseline report documenting pre-redevelopment conditions on our Research and Reports page.
  • Read our September newsletter.

August 2012 

July 2012 

June 2012 

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

  • The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce released a report conducted by the Urban Initiative on regional permitting processes and best practices. Read the report in its entirety by visiting our Research & Reports page.
  • This effort got some great coverage in the local media: the Standard Times featured our work in an article and an editorial, and the New England Business Bulletin provided coverage as well. 
  • An archived version of our March newsletter is available available here.

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

  • The Urban Initiative launched its monthly e-newsletter! Read this month's edition by clicking here, and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an issue.

November 2011

September 2011

  • The Urban Initiative is blogging! Check out Urban Update, our new blog featuring news, events, and annoucements related to urban policy, with an emphasis on topics that affect nearby cities like New Bedford and Fall River.

May 2011

  • Read about the Urban Initiative's recent work addressing public transportation in New Bedford in this article.



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