For Immediate Release - August 05, 2015

Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Continued Commitment to Local Investment

MassWorks Program helps communities invest in infrastructure and economic development

Boston – Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash highlighted the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, an integral part of the Baker-Polito administration’s continued commitment to investing in communities and building a platform for economic growth across Massachusetts.

“I am proud of our ongoing commitment to MassWorks, and the vital role it serves in our communities,” said Governor Baker. “Investments in local infrastructure and community-based economic development efforts are key to the continued growth of the Commonwealth.”

“We are committed to deepening partnerships between the Commonwealth and its municipalities, and MassWorks is a key part of these efforts,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “By partnering with cities and towns to make strategic infrastructure investments, we will ensure the strength of all our communities.”

Governor Baker toured CitySquare, an ambitious redevelopment of Worcester’s downtown core that was unlocked by MassWorks infrastructure funds. The tour highlighted the Baker-Polito administration’s commitment to supporting local economic growth. The Baker-Polito administration’s 2016 capital budget increases funding for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to $75 million, a $20 million increase from the previous capital budget.

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation. MassWorks makes strategic investments in public infrastructure that leverages private investment in jobs and smart growth housing. Since 2011, MassWorks has awarded over $287 million for public infrastructure projects in 102 communities across the Commonwealth.

“MassWorks is an important tool to help us prepare our communities for success,” said Secretary Ash. “We will continue to leverage MassWorks to help municipalities create jobs, meet local housing needs, and unlock smart economic development projects.”

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program is administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation and Executive Office for Administration and Finance.  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 award cycle.