Archive 2006

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

Funding will be used to complete the winterization of the existing ceramics studio to allow for extended use and programming.  This project will increase year round staff, access to studio space, collaborations with other art guilds, and workshops. The winterization will allow the studio to attract students and visitors to the Outer Cape on a year round basis.


Town of Provincetown

Grant funds would support the costs of a consultant to assist the town in the design of a master plan for the implementation of a Streetscape Path to Culture. The plan would incorporate historical and cultural assets, creative paving, streetprint designs, new light fixtures, banners, signs and interactive kiosks. The design will include the concept and infrastructure for a Virtual Cultural Center which will allow visitors to travel along the streetscape path and access hot-spots through an interactive wireless network. The overall purpose of the project is to physically and electronically draw and direct people to what Provincetown has to offer. Project is part of the implementation phase of a Strategic Economic Development Plan funded under an FY05 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant.


Cape and Islands Self-Reliance

Funding will cover the cost of three workshops. Two workshops will instruct plumbers and builders on how to install solar hot water installations. A third workshop would enlist the help of students and tradespeople in the installation of a 10-kilowatt grid-tied land-based wind turbine on the grounds of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School.


Association to Preserve Cape Cod/The Business Roundtable

APCC plans to develop and launch a Cape Cod Guide to Town Center Revitalization. The guide will contain specific strategies, methodologies, resources and models to promote economic development and new business investment in Cape Cod’s town centers. It will be geared to local chambers of commerce, economic development committees, planning officials and property owners to help revitalize town centers.


Payomet Performing Arts Charitable Trust

Funds will support the move of Payomet’s theatrical operation from Route 6 to Highlands Center for the summer 2006 season and the purchase of a new 50′ by 50′ frame tent. The new tent will seat 130 and will replace the current one that is 30 years old. This will mark the 8th season of Payment’s operation and the first true occupation of the Highlands Center site by a Program Partner. The tent will also be used by AmeriCorps Cape Cod and the National Seashore for educational activities.


Highland Center

Funding will be used to execute two phases of the development of the Center.  The Implementation Plan and Financial Feasibility Study (Phase I) will explore the intended and potential uses for the Highland Center site, including programs, special needs, buildings, landscaping, natural systems analysis, technology potential and infrastructure needs along with a detailed financial feasibility analysis.  The Marketing Effort (Phase 2) will consist of a well funded and consistent effort to inform and educate key decision makers and communicate overall purpose, essential facts and availability of the center to approrpriate organizations.


Town of Provincetown – 2006-2007

A partnership between the Town of Provincetown, the Provincetown Economic Development Council (PEDC), and the Cape Cod Economic Development Council of Barnstable County (CCEDC) is helping Provincetown take a closer look at its economy. With an initial Cape and Islands license plate grant for $50,000 in 2006 the town worked closely with the PEDC, CCEDC and other partners to collect and analyze selected local economic data.  This Phase I study set the stage for the future development of a long-term economic development strategy as part of Phase II.  Mt. Auburn Associates of Somerville, Massachusetts was selected to lead the Phase I study.  Mt. Auburn Associates collected and analyzed both primary and secondary data and conducted focus groups and individual interviews with selected participants in Provincetown’s for-profit and non-profit communities. Phase II, underway since late 2007 and funded with a $35,000 grant from the CCEDC, consists of a public participation process leading to the development of long-term economic development strategy for the Town.  New Commons, Inc. of Providence, Rhode Island was selected to the lead Phase II.

(click here to view a PowerPoint presentation displaying preliminary results of the first half of the study)


OpenCape Collaborative

High-Speed Wireless Broadband Transport Network. A $50,000 grant to the OpenCape Collaborative will boost efforts to install a high-speed wireless broadband network from Bourne to Provincetown with links to Plymouth and Dartmouth.  The new network will provide an additional broadband access option for public and private users up and down the Cape, greatly reduce existing connectivity gaps, and create new economic development opportunities for the region’s myriad businesses and institutions.  The collaborative is spearheaded by Cape Cod Community College, Cape Cod Technology Council, UMass-Dartmouth, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Town of Barnstable Economic Stimulus Plan. 2006, 2007

As part of the revitalization of Hyannis Main Street, the Town of Barnstable seeks to encourage mixed use development in accordance with design guidelines, implement streetscape improvements and year-round cultural events, and streamline and clarify the permitting process. The three-year plan represents a natural extension of revitalization efforts that the Town has been engaged in over the past five years. It also demonstrates the degree to which Town leaders have embraced the importance of diverse cultural and historic assets while at the same time recognizing the need to provide mixed use opportunities to invigorate Hyannis’ year-round economy. The Town has identified 11 project milestones for the first year of the project.

REDPP funds will allow Barnstable to hire a design consultant to assist with the review of public and private projects, implement an education program for Town staff, property owners and community groups around smart growth principles, and develop visualizations of redevelopment opportunities. One of the main tasks of the consultant will be to review proposed projects for consistency with the recently created Design and Infrastructure Plan which lists development guidelines for mixed use buildings downtown and which conveys what the Town and its partners are looking for in terms of architecture and design of the public realm.

A second consultant will be hired to work with Barnstable’s Growth Management Department and the Hyannis Main Street BID to explore opportunities for using District Improvement Financing and Tax Increment Financing to help the Town finance public works, infrastructure and new development. And a community charrette will inform citizens about current revitalization efforts and solicit their ideas about future downtown projects to stimulate economic development and improve the streetscape.



Town of Yarmouth Route 28 Village Center Project.

Working with outside consultants, the Town has developed recommendations for the location of several village or activity centers along the Route 28 corridor including a medical mixed use area, two retail-oriented centers, a mixed use marine village and park, a traditional village center and four activity centers where housing and /or motel redevelopment could be encouraged.

The REDPP grant will enable Yarmouth to conduct a market analysis on both commercial and residential properties in the prioritized areas. The analysis will describe the preferred mix of businesses and housing for each of the targeted locations and point the way to the creation of zoning bylaws that would be needed in advance of preferred development taking place.Yarmouth will also conduct a build-out analysis to better understand the implications of proposed zoning changes in each of the areas. A build-out analysis will show how much development could potentially occur under proposed zoning, inform decisions around the creation of development incentives, and help to estimate traffic and wastewater impacts as well as the costs associated with mitigation efforts.

Visualizations will be undertaken to help the Town garner public support for zoning changes recommended for the prioritized areas. The visualizations will depict commercial development possibilities as well as examples of what various housing densities would look like.

(Regional Economic Development Pilot Program)


Town of Harwich East Harwich Village Center Initiative. 2006, 2007

The initiative is a long-term program designed to enhance the safety, economic viability, community character and quality of life in and around an area that is experiencing rapid commercial development without the benefit of a village plan. Currently, development is not occurring in a fashion that promotes a village identity, provides meaningful pedestrian connections, or addresses the Town’s needs for workforce housing.

The East Harwich Village Center Initiative will afford the Town an opportunity to address the future of the commercial district and surrounding undeveloped lands through the design and implementation of a vision and land use and infrastructure plan that is developed through a public process.

Land use and infrastructure scenarios developed through public forums will include analyses of traffic management and pedestrian access, commercial build out and design guidelines, visualizations, proposed workforce housing locations, alternative strategies for wastewater management and opportunities for using renewable energy technologies. The scenario building process will culminate—in the second year of the project—in the selection of a preferred development scenario and the creation of a full development plan. (Regional Economic Development Pilot Program)



Town of Eastham -2006, 2007

A grant to the Town of Eastham for $49,500 will be used to help fund the development of up to 40 deed restricted workforce housing units consisting of a mixture of first-time home buyer and rental units. One project involves a former gas station on Route 6 which was abandoned by its previous owner and has since been cleaned by the DEP. The Town is proposing to develop five one-bedroom units on the site. A second project involves a Town-owned parcel known as the Campbell-Purcell property located on Holmes Road. The Town has proposed building approximately 30 units on the site. Potential sites for building up to five additional scattered site units will also be identified. The Town projects that up to 80 low to moderate-income persons will benefit from the new housing and that approximately 60 of the individuals will work in the community. REDPP funds will be used to hire a housing consultant and to contract for related technical assistance to complete the planning, negotiations, RFP process, engineering, funding and implementation of these projects. (Regional Economic Development Pilot Program)



Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board

To identify and train up to 30 individuals, who are 55+, for jobs as cstomer service representatives in the insurance industry.  Each individual will receive transitional career counseling and assessment, case management services, instruction in Microsoft Office, customer service training, and training with software specific to the insurance industry.  These individuals will then be placed in jobs at Insurance companies across Cape Cod.


Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School is a partner with Cape Cod Community College in the college’s effort to build an educational infrastructure around renewable energy. Basic funding for this initiative stems from a three-year National Science Foundation grant awarded to Cape Cod Community College in 2004. Building on this partnership, the Cape Cod Economic Development Council and the Cape Light Compact made a joint decision to use a portion of Cape and Islands license plate funds to support enhancements to the high school’s renewable energy curriculum. The decision was seen as an effective way to leverage both NSF funds and capital investment in energy efficiency equipment for the school recently made by the Cape Light Compact. Licence plate funds will be used to purchase the following items:1) a wind turbine data logger system allowing the school to link its new 3.5 kilowatt wind turbine with the High Street Networks Internet Server System; 2) a solar thermal system for the plumbing shop; 3) equipment and materials pertaining to the investigation of electrical circuits for hands-on activities in physics, principles of technology, and environmental/earth science classes; and 5) curriculum development support for instructors during summer and fall 2005 leading to articulated Tech Prep agreements with Cape Cod Community College.