Current Projects

Assessing the Workforce Needs of the Nascent Offshore Wind Industry
The PPC is partnering with Bristol Community College to conduct a workforce and economic development assessment in order to evaluate the workforce requirements and economic development impacts associated with the deployment of up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island/Massachusetts wind energy areas.

Exploring Mechanisms of Encouraging of New Housing Development
For many years, Massachusetts has faced unaffordable housing costs and an undersupply of new housing development, driven in large part by municipal resistance arising from concerns about potential negative local fiscal impacts. Informed by the PPC’s previous work on this topic, the PPC will identify and evaluate practical policy options for the development of a funding mechanism to defray municipal costs associated with new development. In support of this task, the PPC will explore the predictors of housing construction permitting and will estimate the net new state revenues by project type for each region of Massachusetts.

Providing Technical Assistance to Provincetown, MA
Provincetown has engaged in an ongoing collaborative partnership with the PPC to use data and analysis to drive the development of a place-based, data-driven local economic development strategy. Currently, the PPC is providing technical assistance and applied research support to develop a comprehensive baseline assessment of relevant conditions and identify of their strategic implications. In addition, the PPC is analyzing historical wastewater usage data to help decision makers determine whether they can increase the number of allowable sewer connections without expanding system capacity.

Analyzing the Workforce Needs of Life Sciences Companies in Southeastern Massachusetts
To inform the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center‘s mission in the Greater New Bedford and Greater Taunton regions, the PPC is assessing the alignment between the workforce needs of regional life sciences employers and the existing talent pipelines and workforce development programs in the region. The analysis includes an assessment of the workforce needs and the obstacles to growth and expansion faced by regional life sciences employers, thereby identifying major obstacles to business expansion and retention in the region; the degree of collaboration with and reliance upon regional educational and training institutions (WIBs, vocational schools, community colleges, and public and private universities); and current and anticipated workforce needs.

Identifying the Needs of Metrowest Suburban Edge Communities
The 495/Metrowest Suburban Edge Community Commission has partnered with the PPC to investigate and study development challenges being experienced by the region’s edge communities. The PPC is assisting the Commission by providing a systematic and strategic analysis of the region’s population and economy, including an analysis of the region’s leading industry clusters, commuting patterns, demographics, and housing market.

Providing Technical Assistance to the United Way of Greater New Bedford
The PPC is working hand-in-hand with United Way of Greater New Bedford to assist in its Collective Impact initiative in New Bedford’s South End neighborhood. This project, dubbed South End Engaged, seeks to focus time and resources on a particular neighborhood in order to foster community engagement and collaboration among service providers, with the ultimate aim that all residents of the South End will be “safe, healthy, and have the knowledge and skills to thrive.” In the furtherance of developing among grantees a shared vision of change, a proactive, collaborative approach, and increased accountability, the PPC is assisting the United Way with a multi-level evaluation system – one level measuring the impacts of individual grants and one level measuring progress toward revitalizing the South End. In addition, technical support in various forms is being provided, including the creation of an online dashboard and three webinars on evaluation best practices and outcomes measurement.

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.