For Immediate Release - October 18, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MASSWORKS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT FOR BROOKFIELD ROAD PROJECT

MassWorks Grants Create Local Jobs, Boosts Economic Recovery Statewide

BROOKFIELD - Monday, October 18, 2010 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today awarded the Town of Brookfield a $500,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to help reconstruct portions of three roads within the town.

These funds will be used to reconstruct nearly two miles of Town Farm Road and sections of Gay Road and Rice Corner Road in Brookfield. The roadway upgrades will address certain public safety issues by improving several limited sight areas and through the installation of drainage facilities to mitigate frequent flooding in an elderly community. These investments in public infrastructure will put individuals to work immediately and will help unlock new economic development opportunities for the town by ensuring it is properly equipped to support new business growth. The total project cost is estimated at $625,000, with the Town of Brookfield providing the remaining funding.

"From day one we have been focused on managing state funds efficiently, and the consolidation of these infrastructure grants allows us to make timely investments in communities, putting people to work and continuing to improve our economy," said Governor Deval Patrick.

"MassWorks grants have added thousands of jobs and supported business growth throughout the Commonwealth by providing public infrastructure grants for such improvements as sewers, roadways, pedestrian walkways, and water treatment systems," said Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray. "This investment in Brookfield will improve safety, reduce roadway flooding, and enhance economic development."

The Patrick-Murray Administration this year launched the MassWorks Infrastructure Program as a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding. The program consolidates six existing infrastructure programs, each aimed at supporting job creation and economic development, to provide increased efficiency, service, and communication when cities and towns apply for infrastructure grants and resources. This approach has reduced duplication, improved accountability, and provided for the most effective management of state resources.

"The MassWorks Infrastructure Program allows us to put people to work immediately while fostering long-term growth for the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki. "Through investments like this grant to Brookfield, Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray are creating the conditions for business growth and community advancement for years to come."

"The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are committed to investing in transportation infrastructure as a key strategy in boosting the local economy in communities across the Commonwealth, and these MassWorks grants for roadways, public transit, and improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists are a successful part of that effort," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan.

"The Brookfield Highway Department has put a lot of time and effort into collaborating with the Town and Department of Transportation to make this grant application a successful one. I applaud them, especially Herb Chaffee and the Board of Selectmen, for bringing this funding to the Town for these essential road improvement projects," said Senator Stephen Brewer.

"I congratulate Brookfield on obtaining this highly competitive grant which will greatly improve the road and its safety. The Highway Department made a fantastic presentation and Herb Chaffee and his entire crew deserve the credit on making such a compelling case," said Representative Anne Gobi.

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program consolidates six grant programs: Public Works Economic Development Grant (PWED), Community Development Action Grant (CDAG), Growth District Initiative (GDI) Grant, Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE), Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP) and the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grant Program.

Learn more about the newly created MassWorks Infrastructure Program, a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding to support job growth and long term, sustainable economic development at www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.

Learn more about how the Patrick-Murray Administration's agenda has led Massachusetts out of a global recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation here.

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