Current Projects

Assessing the Workforce Needs of the Regional Life Sciences Sector in Southeastern Massachusetts
Bristol Community College (BCC) seeks detailed information on the private sector’s training needs and interest in utilizing a life sciences training center to be located in Taunton. The PPC is meeting this need by undertaking a comprehensive study of employers in and around Taunton; their current and expected training, educational, and research needs; and their interest in utilizing and supporting the proposed Taunton facility.

Informing a Blue Economy-based Economic Development Strategy for the North Shore
While the North Shore has a longstanding connection to the maritime economy, it lacks a comprehensive regional economic development strategy that builds on these strengths and positions the region to capitalize on new and emerging opportunities in the Blue Economy. In order to develop such a strategy, the UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station (led by Professor Katherine Kahl) and the PPC are undertaking a regional economic assessment designed to support and inform ongoing efforts to develop a Blue Economy-based economic development strategy for the North Shore region.

Providing Technical Assistance to the 495/Metrowest Partnership
PPC is providing research and analytical support to the 495/Metrowest Partnership to help inform evidence-based strategies to address the challenges faced by this growing region of the state. Challenges include transportation, water, cellular, and energy infrastructure, transit services, residential development, downtown redevelopment, and other such constraints.

MassTLC TechPulse Index
The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) commissioned the PPC to conduct a bi-annual opinion survey of senior technology decision-makers in Massachusetts. Designed to elicit executive sentiment, insights, and future trends, the TechPulse Index seeks to help business and policy leaders make decisions about the future.

Adding New Content to Southcoast Urban Indicators Project (SCUIP)
Like other indicators projects from cities around the United States, SCUIP is designed to meet the information needs of citizens and leaders of Fall River and New Bedford. This project and website are ever-evolving; we will be adding to and updating content on a regular basis based on input and suggestions from the community. Please let us know if you have suggestions for new indicators.