For Immediate Release - October 07, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS FOR THE SOUTH COAST

BOSTON - Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - With a continued focus on job creation and economic recovery, Governor Patrick unveiled the Administration's latest five-year capital investment plan today, calling for significant investment in the Commonwealth's transportation, education, public safety, housing and environmental infrastructure and assets.

Among the projects funded in the Fiscal Year 2010-2014 plan are several for the South Coast, including funding for the construction of a new library at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and modernization of the Fall River Technology Center at Bristol Community College.

"These investments, along with many others in regions across the state, will put people back to work and keep Massachusetts on the road to economic recovery," said Governor Patrick. "The affordable, targeted projects included in this capital plan will help address our short-term challenges and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth."

"Even during these difficult fiscal times, we are committed to making smart investments for the long-term that will help spur the Commonwealth's economic recovery," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray. "The projects contained in the capital plan will help improve the state's infrastructure in communities across the Commonwealth and at the same time create jobs for our residents."

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Library

The Governor's capital plan commits $23 million for the construction of a new library building on the main campus of the Academy, including $6 million in Fiscal Year 2010.

The 42,000 square foot library building is planned as a four story building with three occupied library levels and a mechanical mezzanine. The building will contain library stacks, reading rooms and ancillary spaces for student support. The project will also feature a Ships Bridge Simulator.

"I am pleased to see that Massachusetts Maritime Academy will receive the funding for their library we asked be included in the Administration's capital plan," said Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth). "The Academy is deserving of this funding, which will allow the school to maintain its accreditation and fulfill its unique educational mission."

"It's great to see capital money being spent at the Maritime Academy," said Representative Matthew Patrick. "The jobs and economic activity created by the project are extremely important to this area."

Bristol Community College - Fall River Tech Building

The Governor's capital plan commits $26.5 million for the construction of a new Technology Center at Bristol Community College, including $75,000 in Fiscal Year 2010 to initiate a study.

The new technology center will be located on the main campus in Fall River. It will provide sorely needed technology-enhanced classroom and conference space. It will also consolidate campus computer labs into a single location and provide new lab space to house additional health and science programs and other academic instruction space.

"I am very excited about this award; BCC is a treasure to Bristol County," said Senator Menard said. "This grant will continue BCC's tradition of academic excellence and service to the community"

"I am pleased that the Governor has included $26.5 million for a new technology center as well as $75,000 to study modernization needs in the science and health technology buildings," said Representative David Sullivan. "It recognizes the importance of Bristol Community College for the entire region. Over-crowding and deteriorating infrastructure will be addressed so this vital institution can grow to meet its new demands."

"In order for Bristol Community College to continue to produce graduates that will be able to compete in this new economy, they need the tools and infrastructure to do so," said Representative Michael Rodrigues. "I commend Governor Patrick for recognizing how important this investment is, not only to Bristol Community College, but the future of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

The Patrick-Murray Administration's FY10-14 Capital Plan is a five-year plan that that reflects the current economic challenges the state is facing during this global recession. While the Administration continues to make significant, worthwhile investments in key areas including higher education, transportation and the innovation economy, the FY10 bond cap has been reduced by $226 million or 13 percent from the amount planned for FY10 in the five-year plan published last year.

To read the full plan, please visit www.mass.gov/capital

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