3.4 Empower municipal leaders and their staffs with more local input and control (three action items)

3.4.1 Give priority in state infrastructure investments to local priorities that have been evaluated and supported by a regional process, building on the examples of the South Coast regional plan and the infrastructure priorities established by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Victoria Maguire

CY2012 Progress:

  • MassWorks 2012 awards exceeded 25% target for regionally significant projects – 53% of the total funds awarded were dedicated to projects that were considered regionally significant.

3.4.2 Establish accountability that state infrastructure investments are being made in a manner responsive to local priorities, building on the example of Executive Order 525, which requires annual state reporting on the consistency of state investments with local priorities in the South Coast region

Contact: Victoria Maguire

CY2012 Progress:

  • Completed South Coast Region, Three Year Retrospective Report (FY09 – FY11)
  • Posted South Coast Regional online map showing FY09-FY11 investment commitments and fiscal year spending
  • Completed FY12 South Coast Regional Annual Update Report

3.4.3 Create a clear and transparent feedback mechanism for municipalities when local priorities are not funded

Contact: Victoria Maguire

CY2012 Progress:

  • MassWorks 2012 award announcements were made 9 weeks after application period closed.
  • All projects were notified in writing of approval or denial.
  • In person, debriefing session with MassWorks staff offered to applicants whose projects were denied.