Commission staff developed an Economic Development Resource Guide to compile the variety of structures, tools, funding sources, and partners that can be employed by municipalities to advance economic development in their community. In most cases, this information is focused on what is available in Massachusetts, but includes case studies from elsewhere in the United States.
The goal is to provide some basic information on each resource while looking at a few structures and tools in depth that may be of particular interest to municipalities on Cape Cod. The guide focuses on:
- Organizational Entities: structures for organizing economic development efforts and implementing specific projects
- Implementation Tools: tax incentives, regulatory mechanisms, and planning tools that are designed to facilitate economic development
- Funding Opportunities: grant funding and other financing tools that can be used to implement economic development projects that benefit the public, while stimulating private sector investments
- Partner Organizations: state, regional, local and federal organizations that are involved in one or more aspects of economic development
The Guide was prepared on behalf of the Town of Yarmouth with funding provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' District Local Technical Assistance through the Cape Cod Commission.