For more information on ARRA projects and programs in Massachusetts, please visit www.mass.gov/recovery.

Education:As in previous reporting quarters, ARRA education funding was spent to maintain the fiscal stability of the K-12 and higher education systems.

  • This quarter, over 16,000 teachers and professors, administrators, staff members, and others across the state were directly supported with ARRA funds.

  • In June, Massachusetts submitted its application for Round 2 of the ARRA-funded Race to the Top competition.

Transportation: ARRA funds are being invested in road, bridge and transit projects that create jobs today and will provide long-term benefits for tomorrow:

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  • 84 ARRA highway construction projects are underway, including Assembly Square in Somerville, Route 7 improvements in Pittsfield, and the Route 24 exit ramp in Fall River will support economic growth and make long-awaited road repairs in every corner of the Commonwealth.

  • $46M of work was completed toward $363 M of construction, supporting almost 2,500 jobs. In addition, 15 projects are over 98% complete.

Human Services:ARRA funds for The Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative have been invested with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease through statewide policies and environmental change to create healthier communities. These awards will:

  • Support DPH in promoting healthy eating and physical activity for more than 156,000 children in approximately 10,650 child care centers/site across the Commonwealth

  • Support implementing policies to reduce the influence of the tobacco industry in the retail environment and expand capacity of the statewide smokers Quitline to improve the health of all residents of the Commonwealth.

  • Also, as part of the healthy eating campaign, DPH will engage in a health promotion campaign to educate the public about the importance calories play in maintaining a healthy weight.

Energy/Environment:Massachusetts has recently been recognized nationally as a leader in its energy and environmental projects, including, this past quarter:

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  • The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, which includes energy conservation and solar PV projects for more than 90 Massachusetts municipalities, was nationally commended for having more than 90% of its funds obligated by June 30 th.

  • Massachusetts was also recognized nationally for having obligated and broken ground on all 110 of its ARRA waterworks projects. Construction is fully underway on 74 percent of the Clean Water projects and 82 percent of the Drinking Water projects. Nearly $93.8 million of the $770 million construction costs has already been spent. Our clean energy initiatives set national standards, paving the way for ARRA-required investments in efficiency and renewable energy at these energy-intensive facilities.

  • The State Solar Program has invested $8.7 million to develop 3.8 MW of solar power at 26 public sites (42 total installations) around the Commonwealth. These projects will generate roughly 4.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year - reducing annual carbon emissions associated with displaced fossil fuels by over 1,000 metric tons.

Public Safety:Through this quarter, over $41 million in ARRA funds are supporting public safety programs throughout the Commonwealth:

  • ARRA funds have supported 83 municipal police officers in 35 communities and 263 firefighters [1] in 83 communities.

  • The Massachusetts National Guard upgraded and increased energy efficiency at their barracks

Housing:Over $235.3 million in Recovery funds continue to support housing and community development programs in the Commonwealth. As of this quarter:

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  • These awards have allowed 26 stalled housing projects to restart work, representing over 1,200 affordable units and hundreds of jobs.

  • Over 3,700 homes have been weatherized through the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program. [2]

  • More than 20,000 people have participated in programs such as job training, homelessness prevention, and financial literacy.

Labor and Workforce:Recovery funds in Massachusetts have made it possible for the Commonwealth's 16 workforce regions and the 37 One-Stop Career Centers to provide services to over 109,000 individuals seeking employment. In addition, as of June 30:

  • Over 636,000 Massachusetts residents have been able to benefit from the additional Federal Unemployment Compensation.

  • The Commonwealth received three National Emergency Grants (NEGs), in response to large job losses at specific companies or within particular industries. These funds support close to 900 laid-off workers with access to intensive career services and training through their local One Stop Career Centers.




[1] Firefighters are funded through the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund - Government Services. This grant is awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Spending and jobs numbers for these awards appear under the Education category in the charts on pages 6 and 7.

[2] The Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Spending and jobs numbers for these awards appear under the Clean Energy & Environment category in the charts on pages 6 and 7.