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Economic Development Project Planning
 
New England Expansion Strategies provides economic development project planning services for municipalities, state quasi public agencies, and economic development organizations. NEES conducts feasibility studies, develops business plans and, where applicable, assists clients with identifying and obtaining funding through grants and incentives programs.
 
Case Study #1 - Berkshire Innovation Center:  NEES was      hired by the City of Pittsfield through an RFP process to conduct      a feasibility study and develop a business plan for the design and construction of a $6.5 million life science center to be constructed  at William Stanley Business Park and funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.  In putting together the feasibility study,  NEES applied substantial due diligence by directly engaging with and obtaining input from more than 70 stakeholder organizations     in the region (western MA and the Albany-Troy region of NY) including private sector companies, universities and colleges, research hospitals, venture capital firms, state and local   government agencies, trade and industry groups, and other life science incubators operating in Massachusetts and New York.     As a result of this input and feedback and further strategic analysis, NEES recommended a business model that was significantly diffferent than the initial concept of a late stage incubator for biotech and medical device companies.  Instead, NEES recommended a model that focuses on assisting the existing life science supply chain in the region, particularly advanced materials and plastics manufacturers which already have a signficant installed base in the Berkshires.  The recommended plan would result in an approximately 20,000 s.f. newly constructed facility to be owned and operated by a non-profit entity - Berkshire Innovation Center - that would provide advanced capabilities to existing life science and life science supply chain companies in the Berkshire region including shared access to advanced R&D and rapid prototyping equipment, customized training programs, state-of-the-art conferencing and training facilities, student internship programs, business and technical expertise and support, and collaboration opportunities with partner research institutions including UMass-Amherst, RPI, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering, Baystate Medical Center, Berkshire Health Systems, Albany VA Hospital, and others.  The proposed plan has been enthusiastically received by the private sector companies and by the City of Pittsfield.
 
Case Study #2 - Wind Blade Test Facility:  Rod Jané in his role as former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Businesss Development (MOBD), coordinated the effort of developing a feasibility study, business plan, and succesful application to win a $2.0 million Department of Energy equipment grant over six other states that together allowed for the successful effort to locate, design, and construct the Wind Blade Test Facility in Boston (Charlestown), Massachusetts.  Rod formed and guided a collaborative team  including MOBD, the City of Boston, MassPort, Massachusetts Technology Center, Department of Energy Resources, MassEcon, and the University of Massachusetts that together put together the winning business plan and DOE application.  Prior to this project, the United States had no facilities capable of testing and certifying the large wind blades of up to 100 meters in length required for wind turbines located offshore.  Europe had several such facilities putting the U.S. at a significant disadvantage especially given the enormous wind energy potential off the eastern U.S. seaboard.  The project has now been constructed and is providing a catalyst for the further development of Boston and Massachusetts as the hub for future offshore wind energy development.