Report title: A Baseline Assessment of Economic Conditions in Provincetown, Massachusetts: Implications for the Growth Management Policy

Authors:  Elise Korejwa, Michael Goodman, Joy Smith, and Michael P. McCarthy

Report date: September 2017

Sponsor: The 2016 University of Massachusetts President’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund and Provincetown, MA

Issue areas: economic development,  tourism and recreation, infrastructure

Summary & key findings: The Town of Provincetown faces serious challenges in a number of areas – including but not limited to housing and economic development – driven in large part by changes in the national economy, regional development patterns, and the continued decline of its traditional year-round industries. While the town continues to thrive as a tourist destination, the seasonal nature of Provincetown’s resort economy is placing considerable stress on the community.

To address these issues, Provincetown developed 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. Specifically, the PPC provided technical assistance and applied research support to develop a comprehensive baseline assessment of relevant conditions and the identification of their strategic implications. The report, titled A Baseline Assessment of Economic Conditions in Provincetown, Massachusetts: Implications for the Growth Management Policy provides a comprehensive baseline assessment of relevant conditions. In addition, the report includes an analysis of historical wastewater usage data and an examination of whether Provincetown can increase the number of allowable sewer connections without expanding system capacity.

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