BOSTON – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today recognized Lenox, Monroe and New Marlborough, as well as and 9 other communities around Massachusetts, for their responsible and effective management of $24 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants the Patrick-Murray Administration awarded to support public infrastructure projects that expand economic and community development opportunities.
Lenox used its $950,000 award to rehabilitate and revitalize the seven block area of Lenox Village;
Monroe used its $250,000 award for the reconstruction of Kingsley Hill Road; and
New Marlborough used its $500,000 grant for roadway improvements and resurfacing of 5.2 miles of Clayton Road.
By completing this project on schedule and within budget, these communities helped the administration support more projects and create more jobs in every corner of the Commonwealth.
“In difficult economic times like these, it is especially important that we spend resources carefully and efficiently. The Patrick-Murray Administration has made many efforts to do just that, including through the recently streamlined MassWorks Infrastructure Program,” wrote Lt. Governor Murray in a letter to town officials. “But our management of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program is only half of the equation. In order to maximize impact and efficiencies, we need municipalities to keep these important capital projects on schedule and on budget so that we can fund more projects and get more people back to work. Your recent performance is a shining example of the kind of partnership that is necessary to achieve our shared goals.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program was created by the Patrick-Murray Administration to provide a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing, economic and community development projects. The program consolidates six previous infrastructure grant programs – PWED, STRAP, TOD, GDI, MORE, CDAG – and will help the Commonwealth provide municipalities with a higher level of service focused on maximizing the impact and efficiency of the Commonwealth’s infrastructure grant programs. Infrastructure investments by the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development have created over 2,600 new jobs across the Commonwealth to since 2007.
“The communities of Lenox, Monroe and New Marlborough are to be commended for their disciplined and orderly management of these projects, thereby delivering their residents on-time and on-budget roadway improvements. The officials tasked with overseeing the Lenox Village revitalization, Kingsley Hill Road reconstruction and Clayton Mill River Road improvement projects were true professionals, and our region will now enjoy the benefits of their efficiency,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing.
The Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to investing in the state’s public infrastructure is helping the Massachusetts economy recover from the recession and create jobs faster than most other states. By continuing to fund public infrastructure improvements, even during the worst of the downturn, the administration made it possible for private developers to break ground on more than 50 projects in 2010 that represent over $1 billion in private development and thousands of jobs. In addition, a whole host of benefits can be directly traced to MassDOT's unprecedented building programs. This year alone the administration is directing a record $1.3 billion in infrastructure funding to state and municipal road and bridge repair, transit and general aviation. This focus on infrastructure, communities and residents will strengthen the state’s economy.