On December 9, the County Commissioners appointed three members to the Cape Cod Economic Development Council.
This Press Release announcing a call for Letters of Interest and the beginning of the 2015/2016 CCEDC grant round was issued November 2, 2015. For more detailed information see Current Grant Program section of web site.
In September of 2014, municipal and local EDC’s, EDIC’s, Planning Departments, and Town Administrators were informed of the CCEDC’s intent to distribute an economic development survey in October, and follow it up with a forum to share results in early December.
Overall, 11 out of 15 Cape towns were represented. The forum was held in the Harborview Room, in the County Complex, and ran from 8:30 to 10:30, a.m.
The forum opened with a brief presentation of a summary of local investment in economic development by the CCEDC since 2003. It was followed by an in-depth overview of recent RESET projects (technical assistance to the towns) funded by the CCEDC. Survey results were then presented.
To review summary of economic development, click here: CCEDC Forum Investment summary
To see survey results, click here: CCEDC Survey Results
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BARNSTABLE, MA
County Commissioners Award $63,000 of License Plate Proceeds to Support Economic Development on Cape Cod
Upon the recommendation of the Cape Cod Economic Development Council, the Barnstable County Commissioners voted to approve the release of almost $63,000 in support of economic development on Cape Cod.
These awards are the result of the 2014 CCEDC grant round, begun in March of this year. Fourteen applicants responded with Letters of Intent in the following categories: Innovative Maker Spaces, “Smart” Education Initiatives, Locally Produced Products and Aquaculture. Of the fourteen responses received, six qualified for the final round. Each applicant submitted a written application and appeared for an oral interview with the Grant’s Committee before rankings occurred..
The successful grant recipients include:
Cape Cod Community College: $13,197 for Smarter Education Project using OpenCape RAN in collaboration with Barnstable High School, Mashpee High School, and Cape Cod Technical Vocational High School.
Community Development Partnership: $5,000 to create Winter Farmer’s Market and provide Technical Support for “value-added vendors” in the lower Cape area. This program piggybacks on the existing successful farmer’s markets in the area and provides economic development year round.
Federated Church: $1,000: To renovate a commercial kitchen for local foodie production on Main Street Hyannis, to serve the small culinary commercial kitchen initiatives.
Coonamessett Farm Foundation: $8,000 to research & develop “user friendly” aquaculture regulations for the Commonwealth in order to replace the onerous regulatory maze facing private aquaculturists.
Town of Falmouth: $29,000: to fund Year 2 of Little Pond aquaculture project, which is producing much needed science that measures the levels of nitrogen and/or changes in the quality of the water for every stage of oyster development.
Town of Yarmouth: $7,500 for aquaculture project in collaboration with the town of Dennis to re-establish the long absent oyster population in Bass River.
The source of funding for the grants is the Cape & Island License Plate proceeds that are apportioned to Barnstable County for the purpose of supporting economic development and tourism on Cape Cod.
SMARTER ECONOMY CONFERENCE VIDEOS:
State Senator Dan Wolf
KEYNOTE: Jim Gomes
PANEL DISCUSSION: Future of the Cape’s Economy
MARKET ASSESSMENT: Howard Kohn
PANEL DISCUSSION: Challenges + Opportunities
CCYP Shape the Cape
FRED: Flexible Regional Economic Development
Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki
The CCEDC participates in the SmarterCape Partnership, which recently produced and sponsored the Smarter Economy Conference . Watch the speaker presentations, here: