Report title: An Analysis of the Permitting Process in Greater New Bedford
Author(s): Hannah Colestock, Colleen Dawicki
Report date: March 2012
Sponsor: New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
Services: survey research, applied research, qualitative research
Issue areas: economic development, Gateway Cities
Summary: Permitting processes and requirements have major economic development implications for both business owners and the communities that seek to attract them. A growing number of cities and even entire regions have consequently begun shifting their attention to ensuring that their policies and procedures around permitting do not present barriers to growth. Recognizing the need to identify such barriers across the greater New Bedford region, the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce engaged the Urban Initiative to conduct a regional analysis of permitting aimed at identifying opportunities for municipalities to streamline their processes and adopt best practices.
Report link: Greater NB Permitting Analysis