Week of August 10, 2009
The Massachusetts Recovery Update is a periodic email update of recovery-related news in the Commonwealth. If you find this information useful, please forward it to others and encourage them to subscribe or follow our updates via Twitter, RSS, or http://Mass.Gov/Recovery.
Opportunities for Individuals: Find a Job using JobQuest
Employers who create jobs using Recovery funding must post those job announcements to the Commonwealth's JobQuest system. A wide range of stimulus-related positions--ranging from career counselors to communication specialists are available. This system is constantly updated, so residents should check back for new opportunities.
Opportunities For Businesses: Search for Contracts
For the most up to date ARRA business opportunities , head to Comm-PASS, the Commonwealth's sole online procurement record site which supports all bid and grant records related to any ARRA funds distributed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Comm-PASS is available for use free of charge and provides you with the ability to search for a variety of contracts by either category or department.
Opportunities for Municipalities: Police & Fire
$71 million of Federal Recovery funds will help ensure police and firefighters are retained during these challenging financial times for cities and towns. Additionally, cities and towns should apply by August 21 for a share of $26 million in ARRA grants to retain firefighters and police.
Additional Resources: ARRA Information for Cities and Towns
General Program Updates
Technology: Mass. Applies for Broadband Grants
All federal broadband stimulus funding will be awarded based upon a competitive review and scoring process of grant applications from across the nation. Two additional federal broadband stimulus grant funding rounds will be held in 2010. The MBI expects to learn about its round one federal award funding for broadband in November 2009. View a map of the project and communities and learn more >>
Labor & Workforce: 10,000 Summer Jobs for Youth
Housing: $40 million in Community Development Block Grants
Sixty-five Massachusetts cities and towns will receive regular CDBG program funding from the Department of Housing and Community Development. With the addition of recovery funds, nine of those communities, and an additional 10 towns, will also receive support for projects that were not successful in getting funded in FY 2008. According to DHCD Undersecretary Tina Brooks, "We are delighted that many good projects, including a number of public housing capital improvement proposals, that weren't accepted in 2008 can now move forward thanks to the use of these federal recovery funds."
For the latest recovery news and updates:
- visit mass.gov/Recovery
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- view the interactive Recovery Timeline
As always, please feel free to visit our website or contact the stimulus office at 617-979-8380 if you have any questions.