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IN THE NEWS: Lt. Gov. Murray applauds Goshen, Monterey and Lee for completing MassWorks projects on time and within budget
January 23, 2012

BOSTON – Monday, January 23, 2011 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today recognized Goshen, Monterey and Lee as well as 3 other communities around Massachusetts for their responsible and effective management of a total of $3.67 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants the Patrick-Murray Administration awarded to support public infrastructure projects that expand economic and community development opportunities.
  • Goshen used a $500,000 award for architectural, engineering, and design services to bring East Street up to proper grade and crown; as well as to resurface Spruce Corner; and the replacement of culverts;
  • Monterey used a $500,000 award for full depth reclamation and drainage work on Route 23; and 
  • Lee used a $1,187,680 award for design and construction of a 61 space surface parking facility and alley way improvements associated with the East Side Parking Development project. By completing these projects on schedule and within budget, Goshen, Lee and Monterey are helping 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 Lieutenant Governor Murray in a letter to City 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 in Lee is a shining example of the kind of partnership that is necessary to achieve our shared goals.”
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which is overseen by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, held its first competitive grant round in September, consolidating six capital budget programs to give communities a single entry point and one set of requirements for state public infrastructure grants. The consolidation aimed to improve efficiencies and streamline the decision-making process, increase access for municipalities of all sizes, and enhance state-regional-local partnerships around economic development and housing production. During the first grant round, 158 applications requesting more than $400 million in infrastructure grants were received from cities and towns of all sizes and representing every region of the state.
“Goshen, Monterey and Lee should be commended for its disciplined and orderly management of these projects, thereby delivering its residents on-time and on-budget roadway improvements.  The officials tasked with overseeing the projects were true professionals, and our region will now enjoy the benefits of their efficiency,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield).
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 including the College Internship Program, Inc. the private investor who has restored and rehabilitated the Baird Benton building on Main Street for retail and office use. This focus on infrastructure, communities and residents will strengthen Lee and the state’s economy.
To learn more about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and how it is supporting job growth and long term, sustainable economic development, please visit:  www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.
 
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