AMHERST, Mass. - The Center for Economic Development (CED) based in the University of Massachusetts department of landscape architecture and regional planning, has been awarded $152,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce''s Economic Development Administration. The grant was announced by U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst.
John R. Mullin, CED director, says the federal funding is an important source of support for the staff, faculty, and students who work in communities across Massachusetts. Mullin says in the 20 years the center has been operating from the UMass Amherst campus, it has served more than 150 of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. "We definitely have a statewide presence," Mullin says.
The CED helps Massachusetts cities and towns protect and improve their economic base while maintaining their own community character by providing planning assistance, conducting studies on emerging trends and economic development issues, and offering technical assistance.
"This continued federal funding is absolutely crucial in terms of maintaining our statewide outreach mission," Mullin says. "It allows us to help all the communities in Massachusetts, from the small town of Pelham to the City of Boston."