MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Keating, Michael

Geographical Areas

Middlesex County


This paper examines the factors that are necessary in the successful adoption of an economic development strategy in Middlesex County based on an analysis of Census data pertaining to population, gender, age, income, education, employment, housing, and agriculture and an investigation of the governance issues in the region. The findings reveal that in order to overcome conflict among constituent municipalities and foster a sense of cooperation between them, decisions about economic development initiatives must be removed from the political realm and placed in the hands of local, appointed business actors.