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How to Contract with CED

If you wish to contract with CED, please call us or email us with your project or research needs. We will be able to guide you through the process, assess whether your needs complement the Center's mission and goals and if we have the expertise required to assist you. We will provide you with a scope of services and estimated cost.

We work with faculty and students who follow an academic calendar. As such, we accept projects on a semester by semester basis. For projects to be undertaken in the Spring Semester (January through May) please contact us during November or December. For Fall Semester projects (September through December) please contact us during July and August. We do not normally consider projects during summer intercession.

The following criteria are used to determine priority projects:

  • Meeting critical needs for distressed communities.
  • Focusing on commercial or industrial development or entrepreneurship.
  • Targeting rural communities or distressed regions.
  • Providing technical assistance when professional skills are unavailable.
  • Developing focused studies on generic problems of common critical concern.
  • Stimulating local capacity building for economic development.
  • Undertaking "cutting edge" studies significant to the region and state.

The projects are selected based on the following:

  • Analysis of critical needs by CED staff and planners in distressed communities such as Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield.
  • Determination by CED staff of areas of common critical concern.
  • Request for technical services from the distressed regions.
  • Significance and timeliness of studies and projects.

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