As a former mayor in Worcester, Lt. Governor Murray experienced unprecedented economic progress including $1 billion of new economic development projects to support Worcester's ongoing evolution from an older industrial city to a leader in the life sciences, higher education, financial services, advanced manufacturing and other 21st century industries. As lieutenant governor, he is working to expand that vision beyond Worcester to all 351 cities and towns through the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Brownfields Support Team Initiative.
In 2008, to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Massachusetts Brownfield Act, Lt. Governor Murray launched the Brownfield Support Team (BST) Initiative. While relevant state agencies work to advance brownfields sites across the Commonwealth, the BST is designed to bring together state environmental and economic development agencies to target assistance for some of the Commonwealth’s most challenging and complex brownfields sites.
The BST is comprised of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MassDevelopment), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), and recently added the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
Within the first year of its launch, with the leadership of the Lt. Governor, the BST committed over $8 millionin funding by participating BST agencies for assessment, cleanup, demolition, permitting, and infrastructure improvements at 5 selected BST sites in Grafton, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, and Haverhill. The BST also led to the coordination of 18 federal, state and local agencies on a monthly basis, resulting in streamlined, accelerated progress in achieving project milestones.
As a result of this success, the BST launched a second round in 2010 designating five more sites in Attleboro, Somerville, Gardner, Chicopee, and Chelmsford and working closely with the City of Brockton to assess the city’s portfolio of brownfield sites. The BST reflects strong collaboration across agencies, and the Lt. Governor will continue to explore opportunities to expand the initiative and develop long-term solutions to revitalize some of the state’s most challenging and complex brownfield sites.