Studies and Working Plans
Holyoke Historic and Cultural Tourism Plan
On Wednesday, June 22nd, the City of Holyoke Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED) and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) hosted a public meeting at the Senior Center. OPED and PVPC presented information about the Holyoke Historic and Cultural Tourism Plan, the new Explore Holyoke website and Community Calendar, and the Holyoke library History Room’s City of Stories Project. This event was a fantastic successful opportunity that gained insight into how residents value Holyoke’s historic and cultural resources. Please watch the presentation here and fill out the Holyoke Historic and Cultural Tourism Outreach Questionnaire below to provide feedback and submit it to email@example.com
Holyoke’s Food System Study- Conway project
Holyoke, Massachusetts, sits in the middle of the Pioneer Valley, an agriculturally rich region of the Commonwealth. Despite the regional context, farms are few in the City, and the social and economic impacts of deindustrialization have created barriers for residents attempting to access local, healthy food. In light of these challenges, community members have organized for decades to create a living legacy of community gardens. The work of community organizations has been catalogued and reported extensively, with great attention given to the social infrastructure. To complement that work, the City has requested information and analysis about the physical infrastructure needed to improve the local food system. A Spatial Analysis Supporting Holyoke’s Food System is a resource to support the City and its newly formed Holyoke Food and Equity Coalition in their efforts to increase the Holyoke food system’s resilience, improve healthy food access for residents, and increase opportunities for food-related jobs in the community. Based on analyses of environmental and social conditions in the city, this planning document presents possible locations for increasing food production within the city, shows the overlapping physical barriers to food for the most vulnerable residents, identifies the potential for composting in the food waste sector, and recommends steps the City can take to create a more resilient and equitable food system.
Learn All about it in: 2022 Conway FinalSet (1)
Holyoke Tourism Plan
Creating the Holyoke Tourism Strategic Plan is the first attempt of its kind in modern times. The work involved several months of research, site visits, data collection, analysis, interviews, and workshops with the city’s leading stakeholders in tourism and economic development. The Holyoke Office of Planning and Economic Development led this project, created the scope of work, directed the consultant, collected information, and organized the stakeholders. Holyoke-Tourism-Plan
The Urban Renewal Plan
The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority has prepared an urban renewal plan titled “Connect. Construct. Create. – A plan to revitalize Center City Holyoke”. The action steps laid out in the plan will maximize opportunities for private development within the Center City over the next several years. Its primary purpose is to promote economic development and growth in Holyoke by capitalizing on the City’s unique characteristics, ‘connecting’ people and places; ‘constructing’ public infrastructure and a diverse stock of commercial, residential and industrial buildings; and ‘creating’ a more vibrant and prosperous Center City.