Amherst has begun the process of creating an economic development strategy. With a generous grant from the state's Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Program, the town engaged the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission as consultants to report on key economic indicators, an analysis of the retail market, and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. The data in these reports will form the foundation of specific strategies to strengthen and diversify the Amherst economy.
3rd Forum Presentation (June 27, 2018)
View results from the online SWOT surveys (please note that the following links do not display comments or additional attributes suggested by respondents, however, both have been collected):
- Overall Economic SWOT Analysis Survey (33 responses)
- Tourism & Entertainment SWOT Analysis Survey (9 responses)
- Business & Entrepreneurship SWOT Analysis Survey (8 responses)
Economic Development Forum #2 Video (May 31, 2018)
SWOT Analysis Presentation (May 31, 2018)
This presentation highlights the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the the overall economy of Amherst, the tourism & entertainment sector, and the business & entrepreneurship sector.
Economic Development Forum #1 Video (April 25, 2018)
Economic Development Forum Presentation (April 25, 2018)
This presentation provides draft information on key economic indicators and the retail market in Amherst.