For Immediate Release - January 15, 2008



BOSTON- Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Governor Patrick today announced his appointment of Elizabeth Cardona as the director of the Governor's Western Massachusetts Office in Springfield.

"Elizabeth has been a leader in the Springfield public schools and she brings a great spirit of community organizing and a shared vision for the possibilities of Western Massachusetts to the job. I hope our constituents will lean on her to help bring the best of state government to bear on the region," said Governor Patrick. "I am excited about this new office, which serves as a symbol of my promise to govern the entire state, and to create a resource for the people of this treasured area of the Commonwealth."

Cardona, a Springfield resident, has been a community leader in the city for years. She has worked in the Springfield Public School system as both an education specialist for documentation compliance date, parental involvement and community relations; and as a manager of volunteer recruitment.She is a board member and regional chair for ¿OISTE? - the Massachusetts Latino political organization - and a member of the Springfield Cultural Council. Cardona is also a graduate of Springfield College.

The Western Massachusetts office will be open on a full-time basis starting Jan. 15 to help address constituent concerns for the tens of thousands of people from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties. The office is located in the State Office Building at 436 Dwight Street in Springfield, and the phone number is: (413) 784-1200.

The Western Massachusetts office will act as a crucial link between the State House and the people we represent across the western sections of the state.

In October, Governor Patrick launched the Springfield Partnership - a new collaboration between the City and the Commonwealth to augment the work of the Finance Control Board to develop a working economy that will sustain a working community. The Springfield Partnership includes state investments in public safety, education and housing to help spur economic development in the City and the region.