Date of Award

1982

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)

Department

Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Dennis Muniak

Abstract

There is an increasing realization in the United States that organized industrial parks may be a powerful tool for community industrial development. Many parks can be found which are well-planned and reflect a sophisticated awareness of the potential inherent in this form of development. Many others, however, reflect little effort to benefit from the mistakes of others, and exhibit serious and elementary defects.

This paper consists of two major sections. The first section describes the various factors involved in attracting suitable industry to a community, and details the steps needed for successful development of an industrial park. The second section consists of a study and analysis of Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton, Massachusetts. Myles Standish is evaluated using the criteria set forth in the first part of the paper. Comments and recommendations based on this evaluation are then offered.

The reader should understand that while this paper stresses the positive benefits of properly planned industrial parks, the risk of failure is inherent in industrial development programs which do not take these various factors into account. The proposition is set forth that taking these factors into account will help to assure the park's success; while the implied assumption is that not taking them into account will result in problems for the industrial park, the community, and possibly, the region.

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