For Immediate Release - June 02, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Opens Sixth Round of MassWorks Infrastructure Awards

Reauthorization will provide continued support for public infrastructure improvements, housing creation and economic growth.

Worcester – Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Today Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the opening of the sixth annual round of MassWorks Infrastructure Program, with online applications available on June 3. The competitive grant program invests in projects in local communities that can leverage private funding and open up areas to further residential, commercial, or industrial development.

“MassWorks funding is a critical part of our support for cities and towns throughout Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The legislature’s reauthorization of MassWorks through our economic development bill will allow us to continue its success in helping communities unlock potential opportunities for job creation and economic growth.”

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Economic Development Bill, An Act to Provide Opportunities for All (H. 3983) authorizes an additional $500 million in capital funding over the next five years for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, allowing the Administration to award funds in the next round and in the future.

"Our partners at the local level know the needs of their communities, and our economic development bill provides funding and technical assistance to help them achieve their goals" said Lt. Governor Polito. "The Massworks infrastructure award program allows us to support local solutions, creating jobs and helping communities to prepare for success."

“Public infrastructure investments can catalyze significant private funding and business growth, helping to generate jobs and homes for residents,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “MassWorks’ investments are an important part of our work to grow businesses, create jobs, and build housing throughout the Commonwealth.”

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking funding to support housing, economic development and job creation. In addition, the Program supports municipalities with a population of 7,000 or less that may seek grants for roadway improvements to enhance public safety.

The 2016 grant round will support housing and commercial growth opportunities that contribute to the long-term strength and sustainability of Massachusetts, with a particular emphasis on projects that support the production of multi-family housing in appropriately located mixed-use districts and projects that support economic development in weak or distressed areas.

The MassWorks Program encourages municipalities to apply with projects that have been well planned, exhibit prompt and predictable permitting, and have implemented zoning that supports future growth.

The reference materials for the 2016 MassWorks grant round and the electronic application system will be available online beginning June 3, 2016, giving public entities a 12-week head start to gather the information they need in order to submit their applications between August 22 and September 2. The 2016 application, guidelines, FAQs and other relevant materials are available at http://mass.gov/hed/massworks. Applicants will have access to previous MassWorks grant round submissions. All decisions will be rendered within approximately eight weeks after the September 2 application deadline.

In total, the MassWorks Infrastructure Program has invested over $333 million to over 181 infrastructure improvement projects across the Commonwealth during the past five grant rounds. These public investments have leveraged millions of private dollars and created thousands of new housing units and jobs.

To learn more about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and how it is supporting job growth and long-term, sustainable economic development, please visit the MassWorks webpage: MassWorks Infrastructure Program .

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