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.
To take our Amenities Survey and participate in our two upcoming participatory budgeting events, please go to our Get Involved page at: https://energizeorangema.com/get-involved/
The Greenfield Recorder’s article on our team: 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, email@example.com.)
Two main outcomes from this project will be a participatory budgeting (PB) simulation and an Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool (EDSAT). The PB simulation will help 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 EDSAT is a reusable combination of data, surveys, and techniques that will allow the community to continuously assess and refine its economic development strategy. The UMass-Amherst group maintains this website, which is still in its beginning stage. We will keep updating it with new content. Please come back.