For Immediate Release - December 04, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES CAPITAL INVESTMENTS THAT WILL CREATE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITIES

Capital plan makes record Investments in education, innovation and infrastructure

BOSTON – Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today released his Administration's seventh Capital Investment plan. This plan builds on the Administration's efforts to stimulate job creation and support long-term economic growth by making record level investments in higher education, innovation and infrastructure projects.

“Opportunity is central to who we are as a Commonwealth, and to expand opportunity to every corner of the state, we must choose to invest in this generation and the next,” said Governor Patrick. “Government cannot and should not do everything, but through both reform and investments in education, innovation and infrastructure, we are growing jobs and spurring economic growth throughout Massachusetts.”  

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Capital Investment Plan reflects the Patrick Administration’s priorities of creating growth and opportunity across the Commonwealth by investing in public education, supporting our innovation industries and strengthening our infrastructure. Through this plan, the Administration is investing in the state’s public assets – roads, bridges, classrooms, academic buildings and public infrastructure - and innovation industries to create thousands of jobs and set the stage for future economic growth.

“The Patrick Administration is committed to making strategic investments that promote economic growth and opportunity now and for the long haul,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor.

Highlights of the FY14 Capital Plan include:

Education: 

The FY14 Capital Plan reflects the Administration’s efforts to create an affordable, accessible public higher education system, continuing the Governor’s commitment to fund more than $2 billion to higher education infrastructure projects over ten years. State spending for higher education in FY 14 is over four times greater than in FY07 when Governor Patrick took office and today, higher education investments represent more than 10 percent of the Commonwealth’s entire bond cap, up from three percent in FY07. 

By the end of 2014, capital projects will be completed or underway at every one of the Commonwealth’s 29 public campuses, including new science facilities at the UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst, Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Framingham State and Mass College of Liberal Arts; libraries at UMass Dartmouth, Salem State and Mass Maritime Academy; and classrooms at UMass Amherst and UMass Boston. 

The FY14 Capital Plan also includes $4 million to launch the Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund.  This fund will be used to address substandard early education or out of school time programs across the Commonwealth.  Eligible facilities will house licensed, non-profit early education or out of school time programs. Funding will be used for the planning, acquisition, renovation, and/or construction of facilities. 

Investments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM):  

The FY14 Capital Plan continues the Administration’s focus on tying economic development to educational enhancement in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Massachusetts is recognized as a national leader in STEM education as a result of the Patrick Administration’s strategic investments in programs and initiatives that are helping develop a highly skilled workforce, fostering economic development and ultimately positioning the Commonwealth as a leader in the 21st century innovation-based global economy.  The Administration is funding six new investments in STEM facilities across the Commonwealth’s public higher education system in FY14.  These investments include:

 

  • $27.4 million for a new Allied Health and Science Building at Massasoit Community College;
  • $36 million for a new Science Building at Cape Cod Community College;
  • $32.9 million for the expansion of Salem State University’s Meier Hall;
  • $9.3 million to increase to the ongoing Framingham State University Hemenway Hall modernization;
  • $51 million for modernization of UMass Amherst’s Morrill Science Center; and
  • A $20 million investment in UMass Lowell’s Perry Hall.

Economic Development: 

To ensure continued advancement of the Commonwealth’s innovation economy the FY14 Capital Plan will focus on opportunities to maximize growth and spur regional development through targeted investments. These FY14 investments include  $62.6 million for the Governor’s Life Sciences Initiative capital program; $13.4 million for the ongoing Massachusetts Broadband Institute program; an additional $10 million for the new Last Mile program that will expand high-speed broadband access in the 45 Western Massachusetts communities identified as being the most unserved; and $56.2 million for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which provides a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation.

Energy and Environment: 

The energy and environment investments made in the FY14 Capital Plan focus on the Patrick Administration’s goals of investing in urban parks, preserving working farms and forests and protecting large natural landscapes for habitat. Funding to further these goals includes $10 million for Urban Signature Parks; $5 million for urban playgrounds and spray parks; $10 million to address critical coastal infrastructure needs; and $250,000 to “green” the Gateway Cities. 

Cultural Facilities: 

Funding for cultural facilities in the FY14 Capital Plan represents a three-fold increase over last year, from $5 million to $15 million.  This funding supports cultural facilities and programs that make the Commonwealth a special place to work, live and visit.  In 2006, the Cultural Facilities Fund was established to increase investments from both the public and private sector in cultural facilities across Massachusetts.  The Fund, which is administered by MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, provides Capital Grants to promote the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities in the state, and all grants from the Fund must be matched with cash contributions from the private or public sector. Since 2007, CFF has awarded nearly 400 grants to 269 cultural organizations and communities throughout the Commonwealth. According to a recent survey conducted by the MCC in November 2012, CFF grantees reported that cultural facilities supported by the MCC have seen 20.8 million visitors; supported 9,057 full-time jobs and $551 million in wages and salaries; employed 14,808 architects, engineers, contractors and construction workers working on CFF projects; and created an estimated 1,413 new permanent jobs as a result of CFF projects.

Today’s release of the Capital Plan follows a series of events Governor Patrick has held throughout the Fall to demonstrate the types of investments his Administration is making in every region of the Commonwealth to expand growth and opportunity to all of our residents. To read the FY14 Capital Plan, please visit www.mass.gov/capital

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