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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.


The client for this project is James Leitch, The town administrator for the Town of Adams. In addition, we are working in close conjunction with the Center for Economic Technology (C.E.T.).

The purpose of this project is to assist Adams in the creation of a ten year economic action plan, which is only one-third of Adams proposed Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is to be completed by the merger of three plans: the 1997 University of Massachusetts Landscape Architecture Studio Report on environmental elements within the Town, our 1998 Economic Action Plan, and a Social Plan, to be developed by the Town.

The projects intent is to create an updated business inventory, to inventory and analyze existing conditions in Adams as well as the region, and to make recommendations on short (Less than one year), medium (one to five years), and long (five to ten years) terms. Our inventory of the existing conditions includes over 16 economic activities in the town of Adams and the region.

The final step of our project is to assign sustainable characteristics to each of the economic activities found in the existing conditions and recommendations inventory. The characteristics are the key components which connect our report with the Comprehensive Sustainability Report.

The end products of this report are three charts detailing the current state of the town and the region, recommendations for ten-year action steps, and sustainable characteristics for each economic activity. In addition, we are providing the town with an updated business inventory of all existing businesses in Adams and recommendations on recruitment of compatible businesses.


Section 1: Pages 1-205