2015 Massachusetts Technical Assistance Grantees

2014 Massachusetts Technical Assistance Grantees:

2013 Massachusetts Technical Assistance Grantees:

2012 Awards for Technical Assistance Site Visit Program


2011 Awards for Technical Assistance Site Visit Program


2010 Awards for Technical Assistance Site Visit Program


2009 Awards for Technical Assistance Site Visit Program


Program Description

DHCD's Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) offers a range of services and assistance to communities seeking help on how to revitalize their downtowns. The primary mission of the MDI is to make downtown revitalization an integral part of community development in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. MDI's guiding principles are that the most effective approach to downtown revitalization is a holistic one; that it addresses economic and community development needs; and that it provides a framework of interrelated activities that promote positive change in a downtown to keep it healthy and prosperous.

Successful downtown revitalization is comprehensive and includes a well-balanced community strategy composed of seven downtown building blocks:

* Encouraging Community Involvement & Ownership;
* Preserving & Enhancing Downtown Character;
* Ensuring Economic Vitality;
* Promoting Downtown Assets;
* Getting Into & Around Downtown;
* Living Downtown; and,
* Keeping Downtown Safe.


Currently, MDI provides assistance through the following components:
"Desktop" Technical Assistance
Ongoing technical assistance on downtown-related issues is provided by staff via telephone, fax, and written materials based on requests from communities as well as referrals from DHCD staff. Recent requests have included how to develop business recruitment programs, upper story spaces, and downtown organizational bylaws.

TA Site Visit Program

The MDI Technical Assistance Site Visit Program provides assistance to communities, through consultant services, targeting specific issues related to a community's downtown revitalization efforts. The goal of this technical assistance is to address and overcome obstacles to a community's downtown revitalization efforts. The TA Site Visit Program is limited to non-entitlement CDBG communities.

TA Connect

Education and Training

MDI is charged with development of downtown education and training opportunities that meet the needs of communities at various stages of downtown revitalization. A series of workshops is held each year on topics such as business recruitment and retention, design issues, creating a business improvement district, or upper-story housing.

Eligible Applicants

Eligibility requirements vary among program components and restrictions may apply. The TA Site Visit Program is restricted to non-entitlement CDBG communities.


For more information contact Emmy Hahn, Program Coordinator/MDI, at 617-573-1364 or elizabeth.hahn@state.ma.us .