Urban Update 
The monthly newsletter of the UMass Dartmouth
Urban Initiative
February 2013
We've been talking about hosting a lecture series for a while, but with so many projects underway, it's been hard to find the time needed to plan and organize something of that scale. But thanks to the energy and support of our colleagues in the Department of Public Policy, we are now pleased to invite you to 'Sustainable Cities: A Graduate Student Speaker Series!' The series will feature the UI's own graduate assistants Bob Golder and Jason Hill, and will also include a presentation by Colleen Dawicki on how we'll be using SouthCoast Indicators to measure sustainability.

Plus, we have a fantastic keynote speaker in Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green, a book that showcases the potential of cities like Fall River and New Bedford in a low-carbon future.

Check out the flyer below and mark your calendars. We hope to see you there!

SouthCoast Indicators

New on southcoastindicators.org this month: property crime. Here are just a few of the data points you'll find when you visit this page:   

  • Fall River recorded 940 burglaries in 2010; in New Bedford, there were 1,237 
  • Meanwhile, Fall River's larceny rate was 2,254, as compared to New Bedford's rate of 2,076.   

Coming soon are pages on land use, teen pregnancy, and homelessness. To be the first to know when new data is posted, 'Like' us on Facebook


From the blog:

Almost all of our blog posts this month were on grants or jobs, but we did add a  post rounding up the latest education news in Fall River and New Bedford--including lawsuits, grants, and fiery debates--that you might have missed.
 Upcoming Events

What: Next up for the UMass Dartmouth CVPA's 'Creative Economy in MA Gateway Cities' lecture series:Tufts University's Justin Hollander will discuss vacant land and abandoned buildings in New Bedford.
When: Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30p 
Where:  UMass Dartmouth Star Store, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford

What: "The People's Pinwheels," a presentation by Urban Initiative Graduate Assistant Bob Golder on his research about the role of community acceptance in renewable energy development. This is the first in our new series, 'Sustainable Cities.'
When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 6:00p 
Where:  The Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road
Cost: Free

MA Cultural Council's Cultural Facilities Fund - Deadline: 2/15 (notice of intent to apply)
Capital and planning grants are available to nonprofits, municipalities, and higher ed institutions who operate or seek to establish cultural facilities. Click here for RFP

Youth running grants
We posted two grant opportunities on our blog for youth running programs. Click here to learn more.

Captain Planet Foundation - Deadline: 2/28 Grants are to support youth environmental education and hands-on stewardship projects. Requests of $500 or less are encouraged. Read more here.
Job opportunities

Paid interns
SouthCoast Energy Challenge - New Bedford, MA

Interns will promote participation in the challenge to reduce the region's carbon footprint through a reduction in energy consumption. More details available here.
In this issue:
SouthCoast Indicators
From the blog
Job opportunities

 About the Urban Initiative:


The UI is a division of the Center for Policy Analysis that addresses challenges and opportunities in the region's smaller industrial cities, with a particular emphasis on Fall River and New Bedford.  


In addition to conducting applied research, evaluating programs and policies, facilitating collaborations, and providing technical assistance to cities and organizations therein, the Urban Initiative serves as a knowledge base for urban policy issues in the region.


Perhaps most importantly, our work to support cities supports UMass Dartmouth students. Graduate and undergraduate students enjoy the opportunity to apply their coursework in the field by serving as paid staff and interns. If you are or know of a UMass Dartmouth student who wants to work with the Urban Initiative, get in touch!

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Urban Initiative staff

Project Manager:
Colleen Dawicki

Graduate research assistant:
Jason Hill

Graduate research assistant:
Robert Golder