Urban Update 
The monthly newsletter of the UMass Dartmouth
Urban Initiative
June 2013
The arrival of summer marks a time of transition at the UI, but not because our workload lightens. Instead, because our team is comprised of UMass Dartmouth students, it is a time when we reluctantly say goodbye to our graduates and eagerly welcome aboard new talent.

This year, that graduate is a newly minted Master of Public Policy Jason Hill. A graduate research assistant during the 2012-13 school year, Jason has been a tremendous asset to our team, particularly where the development of the SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is concerned. Our region was fortunate to draw Jason here from Maryland, and we will be particularly lucky if his employment search results in a position that keeps him in the SouthCoast.

New faces this summer will include a crop of seven (!) high school interns who have successfully applied to work with us on a project related to college access in the SouthCoast. Two of them joined us as interns last summer, and another two come to us through UMass Dartmouth's Upward Bound program. We look forward to introducing them--and their summer project--to you next month!

SouthCoast Indicators
Attention, grant writers! SCUIP now includes data to meet your needs when it comes to characterizing the population of your city. Here's what you can find under each city's new 'City Profiles' page:
  • Population size and changes over time
  • Breakdowns by age and sex
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Immigration and ancestry
  • Language spoken at home

Please help us spread the word about this feature, and let us know if there's any other information we can aggregate to help you secure much-needed resources for our cities.     


Meanwhile, you may have heard about the fantastic job our Leadership SouthCoast team did in marketing SCUIP: in just three months, site hits increased by 168 percent!  

From the blog
  • Last year, Bob Golder wrote a post about an effort by the small city of Niagara Falls to attract young professionals. He checks in on the success of that effort in this post.  
 Upcoming Events

We don't have any events on our radar this month, so instead we'll direct you to a few good resources for building capacity and connecting with your community: 
  • MyFallRiver.org has a calendar of events for that city at this link
  • Downtown New Bedford Inc. issues a great weekly newsletter on goings-on every Monday; sign up here
  • The Mel King Institute offers some terrific courses that appeal to nonprofits, community development corporations (CDCs), and even policy wonks like us.  
  • We've also enjoyed trainings offered by the RI Foundation's Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence.   

Let us know if you want to see your event listed in this space! 


DentaQuest Innovation Fund for Oral Health - Deadline: rolling  


Dental health an oft-overlooked area of public health that nevertheless impacts cities significantly. The DentaQuest Foundation seeks concept papers detailing ideas that promote a systems change in applicants' targeted communities. Learn more here  


Mass Mentoring Partnership offers technical assistance - Deadline: August 30


Members of the Mass Mentoring Partnership are invited to apply for technical assistance that will help organizations serve more youth and improve service delivery. Click here for full RFP.  

 Job opportunity
Do you need help getting the word out about a job opportunity? Send us your announcement and we'll share it both here and on our blog.

Small business outreach & technical assistance coordinator
Community Economic Development Center (CEDC), New Bedford

The coordinator will support and promote small businesses along Acushnet Avenue through one-on-one technical assistance, meetings with merchants, a marketing campaign, and data collection/evaluation. Part-time, 15-20 hours/week. Must be able to speak Spanish or Portuguese. Apply by June 15. For more details, click here.   

In this issue:
SouthCoast Indicators
From the blog

 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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Email: urbaninitiative@umassd.edu

285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

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Urban Initiative staff

Project Manager:
Colleen Dawicki

Graduate research assistant:
Jason Hill

Graduate research assistant:
Robert Golder