For Immediate Release - June 30, 2008

Governor Patrick Announces $3.1 Million Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Grant in Boston

City of Boston Receives Funds to Build Infrastructure for Jackson Square Development Project Creating 131 Jobs

BOSTON- Monday, June 27, 2008 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced the City of Boston will receive $3.1 million Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion (MORE) jobs grant to improve the streetscape and public way for the Jackson Square Development project in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, generating 131 new jobs and boosting the local economy of these two neighborhoods.

"MORE grants support partnerships between local municipalities and private investors to create new jobs," said Governor Deval Patrick. "I am proud to partner with cities and towns in this way to help local economies flourish."

The announcement comes after Governor Patrick laid out his economic stimulus plan to create a culture of opportunity focused on restrained spending with immediate and long-term investments, while preparing for the impacts of a softening national economy. The MORE Jobs Program is another tool to help the administration stimulate economy growth across the state.

The Jackson Square Development project, located in close proximity to the Jackson Square MBTA station and South West Corridor Park, is a mixed-use project that will transform a blighted, contiguous area in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain into a residential and retail district with improved pedestrian connections and a community facility. MORE funds will be used to improve the streetscape and public way necessary to reconnect the fabric of the area. Phase I of the project will create 131 new permanent jobs.

The Patrick Administration will continue to announce MORE job grants in municipalities throughout Massachusetts.