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The Center for Economic Development at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, is part of the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department, and is funded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the University of Massachusetts.


This report was done in six parts: a history and background analysis of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and market research was carried out to understand local tourism efforts and visitors profiles. Then a study of existing aquariums throughout the country was taken to establish type, size, location and demographics, and analysis of the three possible aquarium sites in New Bedford in terms of size, location, access, parking and complementary facilities. Fifth, to enable New Bedford to remain in keeping with the existing marine industrial zoning on its waterfront the team investigated research and development possibilities for the aquarium and determine how an aquarium could be linked to local educational institutions. Finally, the report looks at the financial feasibility of the Buzzard Bay Aquarium.


Section 7 : Pages 1-109