In fall 2010, Governor Patrick issued Executive Order 525 (E.O. 525) providing for the implementation of the Corridor Plan and Corridor Map through state agency actions and investments. The Executive Order calls for state investments to be consistent with the Corridor Plan’s recommendations to the maximum extent feasible. These state actions have the potential to leverage local and private investments in the priority areas. The Executive Order also directs state agencies to conduct a retrospective analysis to determine how consistent their actions and investments in the region have been with the Corridor Plan goals.
Based upon the issuance of E.O. 525 in fall 2010, state agencies must now consider plan consistency when making funding decisions. In order to facilitate the consideration of E.O. 525 in the decision making process, all state agencies have outlined the steps they will take to maximize compliance with the Corridor Plan into their investment decision making process. As an example of the type of actions that have been taken, many state program applications now require that applicants from the 31 cities and towns in the South Coast Corridor outline how their project is consistent with the Corridor Plan.
Executive Order 525 directed the Executive Office of Administration and Finance (A&F) to develop a retrospective analysis. To complete this analysis, A&F directed five state agencies to conduct a retrospective review of investments that were made in the South Coast Rail Corridor Region and to assess the consistency of those investments with the Corridor Plan. To complete the retrospective reporting state agencies reviewed investment decisions that were made within the South Coast Region between Fiscal Year 2009 and Fiscal Year 2011, or July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2011. In total, over 245 investment commitments were reviewed .
Executive Order 525 also directed the Executive Office of Administration and Finance (A&F) to develop a web based state investment commitment tracking tool. This online interactive tracking tool, developed in partnership with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), displays the investment commitment information that is summarized in the State Investment in the South Coast Region and Implementation of the Corridor Plan: A Retrospective Analysis. Each of the state investment commitments is geographically displayed on the map and information, such as the project name, total investment commitment, consistency with the Corridor Plan and Priority Area descriptions, are provided as part of the tracking tool.