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    Housing Equity Analysis Final Report
    (1998)
    the Purpose of this study is to assess the impact of discrimination on rental housing opportunities in Massachusetts. We obtained information on the numbers and types of housing discrimination cases filed in Massachusetts with federal, state, and private non-profit fair housing organizations. A total of 3,431 complaints were reported in Massachusetts from the period of 1990 to April 1998. Our findings indicate clearly, that rental housing discrimination exist in the state of Massachusetts. One of the major problems that we found is the fact that most instances of housing discrimination do not get reported. Based on our work, we are recommending that future studies focus on creating an integrated system of information retrieval on rental housing discrimination in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We would like to thank our client, John Klenakis for giving us the opportunity of participating in this study, and our professors, Ellen J. Pader and John R. Mullin for their support and cooperation during the course of our research. Finally, we would like to thank MCAD, HUD, and HDP for providing us with all the data that we used in this report.
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    University of Massachusetts Housing Study The Economic Impact Component
    (1998)
    The Economic Impact Component of the University of Massachusetts Housing study aims to answer two research questions: 1. What are the direct and indirect economic impacts of the housing industry in Massachusetts? 2. What is the significance of housing as a factor in business location decisions? The first, and primary, question was addressed through a quantitative assessment using the "Local Impact of Homebuilding Model" calibrated by the National Association of Home Builders, The second research question was addressed through a qualitative assessment of area development and site selection literature and policy analyses dealing with business location criteria.
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    Annual Report Grant Period July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998
    (1998)
    Center for Economic Development's Annual Report for the Grant Period of July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998. The report includes a description of the Center for Economic Development, Institutional Issues and Successes, and Target Areas for the program. Studies and Community Based Projects, Conferences/Work Meetings, Technical Assistance to State and Regional Agencies, and their Dissemination are all discussed as well. Finally, the report includes Results, Assessment, and Evaluation of the programs work and progress.
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    The Economic Impact of Human Services Agencies on the Pioneer Valley Region: An Analysis of Expenditures and Jobs
    (1998)
    The Center for Economic Development, working in concert with the Human Service Forum, assessed the expenditure and job multipliers for the human service industry on the Pioneer Valley region. The study consists of three parts: 1) detailed assessments of expenditures for six human service providers that helped shape a survey of jobs and expenditures; 2) a follow-up survey was sent to 110 agencies with a response rate of 53% and ; 3) the subsequent application of job multipliers, developed by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, to the information in order to assess the total impact of jobs in the human service industry on the local economy.
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    Economic Sustainability Plan for Adams, Massachusetts: Ten Year Projection Plan
    (1998)
    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.