For Immediate Release - October 15, 2012

REDO Grants Oct. 2012

BOSTON – October 12, 2012 – The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Massachusetts Office of Business Development today awarded $950,000 in economic development grants to organizations across Massachusetts, targeting business expansion.

The Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) Grant Program was created by the 2010 economic development legislation signed by Governor Patrick. It represents a partnership with the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to provide a highly responsive, pro-business climate that stimulates job growth and builds on the core economic strengths of every region.

“Every part of the Commonwealth offers a unique set of industries and opportunities, and the Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to supporting and developing job creation and economic development opportunities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Greg Bialecki, the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development.  “Our long-term economic development plan recognizes the importance of empowering our communities and regions for growth, and these REDO grants are part of that important effort.”

“By partnering with these organizations across the state, we are able to expand our reach and ensure that businesses get the attention they need to grow to scale in Massachusetts,” said James Ermilio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. “We look forward to seeing these partnerships successfully create new opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.”

Awards are given through a competitive process, and awardees are chosen based on applicants’ demographics, history, and assessment of applicants’ ability to deliver effective economic development with measurable outcomes. The REDO grants were awarded in the following regions:

Berkshires $75,000 awarded to 1Bershire Strategic Alliance.

Pioneer Valley $115,000 awarded to the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

North Central – $75,000 awarded to the North Central Massachusetts Economic Development Council.

Central $75,000 awarded to the Central Regional Economic Development Alliance – represents an alliance between the Chamber of Central Mass South and the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce.

MetroWest – $110,000 awarded to the 495 Partnership/Metro West Chamber Alliance for Regional Economic Development – represents an alliance between the Metro West Chamber of Commerce and the 495/Metro West Partnership.

Metro South -- $95,000 awarded to the Metro South Chamber of Commerce.

Northeast –$75,000 awarded to the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development; and $70,000 awarded to the Merrimack Valley Regional Economic Development Alliance – represents an alliance between the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council.

Southeast –$80,000 awarded to the Cape Cod Economic Development Council; and $80,000 awarded to the Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation.

SouthCoast -- $100,000 awarded to the SouthCoast Development Partnership.