About the SCDP

The SouthCoast Development Partnership’s Mission is: to stimulate, facilitate, and support the economic prosperity of the SouthCoast through transformative innovation, educational attainment, and workforce development consistent with the UMass Dartmouth Strategic Plan.

The SouthCoast Development Partnership aims to promote economic development, workforce readiness and educational attainment across the SouthCoast Massachusetts region.

The SCDP’s mission is closely aligned with the strategic plan of UMass Dartmouth to foster area innovation and entrepreneurship as the University marches toward national recognition as a research university. At the same time, the Partnership seeks to make workforce development and educational attainment key components of its activity. Commuter rail expansion to the SouthCoast, waterfront development in New Bedford and Fall River, renewable energy, labor market/economic cluster analysis, and high school/college dual enrollment are among the issues that the Partnership seeks to engage.