MassWorks Grants Create Local Jobs, Boosts Economic Recovery Statewide
GOSHEN - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - State Permit Ombudsman April Anderson Lamoureux today visited the Town of Goshen to announce a $500,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant that will help the town make roadway safety improvements at the intersection of East Street and Spruce Corner.
These funds will be used for proper grading and crowning of one road, reclamation and resurfacing, and the replacement of 9 culverts along the roadway. In its current condition, maintenance and snow removal along the stretch is difficult, adding to town costs and making the road slippery during the winter. This project will create a safer road with less maintenance.
"From day one we have been focused on managing state funds efficiently, and the consolidation of these infrastructure grants allows us to make timely investments in communities, putting people to work and continuing to improve our economy," said Governor Deval Patrick.
"MassWorks grants have added thousands of jobs and supported business growth throughout the Commonwealth by providing public infrastructure grants for such improvements as sewers, roadways, pedestrian walkways, and water treatment systems," said Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray. "This investment in Goshen will improve safety, reduce roadway flooding, and enhance economic development."
The Patrick-Murray Administration this year launched the MassWorks Infrastructure Program as a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding. The program consolidates six existing infrastructure programs, each aimed at supporting job creation and economic development, to provide increased efficiency, service, and communication when cities and towns apply for infrastructure grants and resources. This approach has reduced duplication, improved accountability, and provided for the most effective management of state resources.
"The MassWorks Infrastructure Program allows us to put people to work immediately while fostering long-term growth for the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki. "Through investments like this grant to Goshen, Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray are creating the conditions for business growth and community advancement for years to come."
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are committed to investing in transportation infrastructure as a key strategy in boosting the local economy in communities across the Commonwealth, and these MassWorks grants for roadways, public transit, and improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists are a successful part of that effort," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan.
"I am grateful for the Administration's decision to make this critical investment in Goshen. As Senator for the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district, I have fought, and continue to fight for increased funding to the STRAP program so Goshen and other small towns in western Massachusetts can maintain their many miles of road and bridge infrastructure," said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing.
"I congratulate Goshen on being awarded a very competitive grant to complete this important town project, one that would not be possible without funding help from the state. The Small Town Road Assistance Program ensures that our smallest communities are able to address their own unique infrastructure priorities, while also conserving local tax dollars for other needs," said Representative Stephen Kulik.
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program consolidates six grant programs: Public Works Economic Development Grant (PWED), Community Development Action Grant (CDAG), Growth District Initiative (GDI) Grant, Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE), Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP) and the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grant Program.
Learn more about the newly created MassWorks Infrastructure Program, a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding to support job growth and long term, sustainable economic development at www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.
Learn more about how the Patrick-Murray Administration's agenda has led Massachusetts out of a global recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation here.