Final Reports Delivered to the Town of Orange! StoryMap is Published for You to Enjoy! On December 11th, 2020, the Energize Orange UMass Amherst Team delivered its final set of deliverables to the Town of Orange. The deliverables include reports of our findings and recommendations, the data we gathered, and a StoryMap that provides an interactive online tour of Orange and our project. Please take a look at the StoryMap at: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/a1a5c3f944724c71b0325d69bc64f1c9
Over the next several days, we will share on this website other deliverables. Please contact us using the information below with any questions or feedback. Thank you for giving us the honor and privilege of working with your friendly town!
In the Fall of 2020, ten master of regional planning students from UMass-Amherst under Prof. Camille Barchers started an economic development project with the Town of Orange, MA. The goal of this project is to actively involve the public to improve the economy and the quality of life for the whole community of Orange.
The Greenfield Recorder’s articles on our team.
-First article: https://www.recorder.com/UMass-students-developing-study-of-Orange-s-economic-development-efforts-36754431 (Note: The Gmail address in the article works, but we prefer this email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
-Second article: https://www.recorder.com/Orange-residents-invited-to-select-economic-development-project-36979012
Two main outcomes from this project are the participatory budgeting (PB) simulation and an Economic Development Self-Assessment Exercise (EDSAE). The PB simulation worked to familiarize the community with a more equitable budgeting process that gives the community decision-making power over a portion of the town’s budget. The EDSAE is a reusable combination of data, surveys, and techniques that will allow the community to continuously assess and refine its economic development strategy.