For Immediate Release - June 24, 2015

Lt. Governor Polito Signs Inaugural Round of Community Compacts in Worcester, Gardner, Agawam

Agreements ensure mutual accountability, sharing of best practices

BOSTON – Today Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, on behalf of the Baker-Polito Administration, signed the inaugural round of Community Compact agreements with the communities of Worcester, Gardner, and Agawam.

“We are excited to support these municipalities in the best practices they selected to strengthen their community,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito.  “The Commonwealth is looking forward to a robust partnership with these communities as they implement their best practices.  It is our hope that many of the municipalities in the Commonwealth will follow these municipalities and enter into Community Compacts.”

Community Compacts are one tool the administration is utilizing to strengthen the partnership between cities and towns and the Commonwealth. In entering into a Community Compact, a community agrees to implement self-selected best practices. As part of this partnership, the Commonwealth agrees to fulfill its own set of commitments and work to provide assistance for a community in implementing their chosen best practice.

In signing their Compact, Agawam committed to best practices centering on preparing communities for success, the development of a housing production plan, and increasing economic growth and supporting workforce development in community. Gardner has committed to best practices around implementing an open data plan, promoting vehicular and pedestrian safety, and the creation of a disaster recovery plans accounting for the preservation of digital and paper records. Worcester has committed to using technology to improve its public communication and engagement.

“The Baker-Polito Administration’s offer to help Agawam work towards sufficient and sustainable housing and economic development is an incredible opportunity for our city,” said Agawam Mayor Richard A. Cohen. “I look forward to working together to implement these best practices.”

“Ensuring that our community is safe and walkable is our top priority,” said Gardner Mayor Mark P. Hawke. “I appreciate the Baker-Polito Administration’s willingness to work with Gardner as we work to make our community a better place.”

“The opportunity to work with Lieutenant Governor Polito and leverage the resources of state government to improve Worcester’s communications and engagement is a wonderful opportunity,” said Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty. “I look forward to continued partnerships as we work together to make Worcester a better place to live and work.”

The Community Compact is a voluntary, mutual agreement entered into between the Baker-Polito Administration and individual cities and towns of the Commonwealth.  In a Community Compact, a community will agree to implement a best practice they select from across a variety of areas. The Compact also articulates the commitments the Commonwealth will make on behalf of all communities, including helping the community attain their chosen best practice.  For more information or to apply for a Community Compact go to www.mass.gov/ccc.

 

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