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Welcome from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito


Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

On January 23rd, 2015 Governor Baker signed his first Executive Order, creating the Community Compact Cabinet (CCC), in order to elevate the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns in all communities of the Commonwealth.  The FY16 Community Compact Best Practice program was incredibly popular with our partners in local government, with nearly three-quarters of the 351 cities and towns that make up our Commonwealth choosing to enter into a Compact.  Also, the IT Grant program was extremely competitive and allowed us to provide a total of $2 million to 52 municipalities for various projects that will drive innovation and transformation at the local level.

The FY17 CCC program is expanded and provides three opportunities for municipalities and schools to implement best practices and take steps to position themselves for long-term sustainability.   In addition to Year 2 of the Best Practice Compact and IT Grant programs, a new Efficiency & Regionalization Grant program is offered, the purpose of which is to provide financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives.

Fostering a strong partnership with our municipalities continues to be a top priority for the Baker-Polito Administration, and the Community Compact Cabinet is a prime example of how the state remains responsive to the needs of municipalities.  As the Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet, I look forward to continuing the work with leaders from our cities and towns on this effort. Partnering with our hardworking municipalities enables us to jointly provide better and brighter opportunities in our schools and communities.

Thank you for visiting the site to learn more about what the Community Compact Cabinet is, what programs are available, and how they will support the municipalities of the Commonwealth.

Karyn Polito
Lieutenant Governor

The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor’s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities.  The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners. As Governor Baker said when signing the Executive Order, the Community Compact Cabinet “gives cities and towns a real seat at the table” in the Baker-Polito Administration.


  • Empowers Lieutenant Governor Polito to be a champion for municipal issues across state government.
  • Restructures the Department of Revenue to include a new Senior Commissioner for the Division of Local Services, reporting directly to the Commissioner.
  • Creates a Community Compact Cabinet that will work toward mutual accountability, work to reduce red tape, promote best practices, and develop specific “community compacts” with local governments.
  • These Community Compacts create clear, mutual standards, expectations, and accountability for both the state and municipalities as to create better government for our citizens.

Executive Order No. 554

  • Chair: Karyn Polito, Lieutenant Governor
  • Vice-Chair: Sean Cronin, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services
  • Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
  • Jim Peyser, Secretary of Education
  • Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of Transportation
  • Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services
  • Mark Nunnelly, Executive Director of MassIT
  • any other person whom the Lieutenant Governor may designate from time to time.

Community Compact Best Practices