Archive 2008


Buzzards Bay Village Association

EDC funding will be used to establish a Farmers Market located in Bridge Park on Main Street in downtown Buzzards Bay.    The Farmers Market is Phase 1 in rehabilitating Bridge Park as a multi-purpose location.  The need to move on attraction strategies for Bridge Park was pointed out by the Buzzards Bay Village Association’s recent International Architectural Design Competition (funded in part by a grant from the EDC).  The Town of Bourne will provide in-kind services for the Farmers Market and access to the Bridge Park site without charge.


Regional Technology Development Corporation

EDC funding will be used to support the expansion of the effectiveness of the Innovation Accelerator for marine sciences, specifically to help support market research on technologies identified as having potential for company-formation.   The IA provides a critical link between basic academic researchers with commercially promising but developmentally early technologies and successful business and scientific executives in each project industry.  The market research function involves an assessment of the market and a determination as to whether the potential market niche for this technology has already been filled.  During this step, potential uses for the technology other than that originally targeted by the inventor are analyzed.  A marine science IA was established in October and six technologies or company concepts have been reviewed by the IA/Marine Science Advisory Board.

WE CAN                                                                                                                            $10,000

WE CAN provides services that improve the quality of life and support education and job skills training for low- and moderate-income women on Cape Cod: mostly single mothers who have suffered through a divorce, an abusive relationship, or job loss and are struggling to support their families.  EDC funding will retain and expand the Pathmakers Program which pairs a WE CAN client with a mentor from the community as she pursues a 12-month school or work re-entry goals and support computer training for 15-20 Cape women (40-55 years old) so they can find employment.


Town of Dennis

The Dennisport Revitalization Committee in conjunction with the office of the Dennis Town Planner, will host a Design Charette.  This event will involve the planning, organization and hosting of a working seminar of a group of experts and members of the public to create sustainable solutions to the challenges impeding Dennisport from reaching its full economic potential.  Charette participants ill examine the zoning, transportation, water and wastewater management, workforce, tourism and affordable housing. The products from the event will build upon the Local Comprehensive Plan, the Dennisport Streetscape Master Plan, and the recently adopted mixed use zoning by-law to provide a pragmatic road map to village revitalization.


Bourne Financial Development Corporation

Funds were awarded in support of a project that will integrate numerous planning documents for  redeveloping Bourne’s downtown (Buzzards Bay Village) into a single, comprehensive plan with action items for implementation.  Existing documents requiring integration include: an economic analysis of density and fiscal impact; a vision and design concept study; wastewater management planning; a traffic and transportation plan commissioned by the Buzzards Bay Vitalization Association; a flood hazard mitigation and design plan contracted by the Town using a state Smart Growth Technical Assistance Grant.  The studies need to be integrated so that the town administrator and selectmen, members of the planning board, other town officials, and the public can see the plan as a whole, and not have to jump back and forth among five different documents, some of them over 60 pages in length.


Payomet Performing Arts Center

Payomet Performing Arts Center intends to create a Cape Actors Database (CAD) that will support and nurture the union and non-union actors of Cape Cod by setting up a tool and program that allows Cape actors to better market their talents and increase jobs and career opportunities for them.  Finding good actors is becoming increasingly difficult on Cape Cod. The CAD will allow theaters to increase their “reach” in terms of casting and to attract actors to roles that those actors might not otherwise have been aware of.


The CapeAbilities Farm would like to provide over 5,000 hours of paid employment for adults with disabilities.  To accomplish this goal CapeAbilities needs to expand its operation by building an additional green house and adding year-round grow lights.  $60,000 was raised for the construction of the greenhouse through a fundraiser at the Naked Oyster. To date, both the Cape Cod Academy School and the International Fund for Animal Welfare are interested in creating lunch programs that include fresh salads.  The grow lights will enable CapeAbilities to provide fresh produce to these groups so as to promote health lunch alternatives for students and employees.  In 2007 the CapeAbilities Farm provided over 2,899 hours of paid employment, operated three greenhouses that supported a 125 person salad club, a farm stand, the Hyannis Farmers Market and several local restaurants.


Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, in conjunction with cultural and business partners in three communities (Barnstable, Dennis and Falmouth), the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, and the Cape Cod VIEW Magazine, plans to create a pilot multi-site cultural tourism initiative called, Fall for the Arts Cape Cod. Week-long cultural activities across disciplines and age groups will be planned and presented in three communities on October 4-5, 2008 and annually thereafter.  The primary goal is to generate increased income for local businesses, artists and cultural organizations by developing a signature cultural event during the region’s fall shoulder season.


Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

Working with both for-profit and non-profit partners, WHAT plans to design a cultural economic development plan for Wellfleet.  An underlying purpose of the project is to leverage the development of WHAT’s new facility to increase cultural economic activities for the Town of Wellfleet.  Project objectives include promoting local businesses that are complementary to cultural tourism, increasing year-round participation in the arts and expanding business for local restaurants, lodging, galleries, and other retail businesses. Expected outcomes include enhanced tourism marketing and tourism infrastructure development, strengthening linkages between arts and cultural institutions, private enterprises, and independent artists, and promoting employment and entrepreneurship related to arts and cultural activities.

Cape Cod Hook Fishermens Association

The CCCHFA plans to implement and capitalize the Cape Cod Sustainable Fisheries Trust.  This regionally targeted approach will benefit fishing families, regional and local economies and Cape Cod’s marine ecosystem.  The STF will establish an integrated infrastructure that links community-based fishermen to dedicated management expertise and financing aimed at sustaining community and fishery health.  The Cape Cod SFT will buy and hold fishing permits, licenses or quota and then establish binding relationships with local fishermen to use these fishing rights to meet ecological, economic and social goals.