Massachusetts Recovery Update

Week of August 24, 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.

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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: Energy Grants Link to the image file.

Two Federal grant programs funded by ARRA are rapidly approaching application deadlines. Communities meeting the September 3rd application deadline for the Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CRED) program will compete for up to four grants from a total of $21,450,000 in available funding to support widespread deployment of renewable energy installations throughout communities on a sustained basis. Applicants to the Local Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP Initiative) have until October 8 to apply for funds to be used by cities to develop new, or refine existing, plans to integrate new energy portfolios (renewables, biofuels, etc) and new applications, such as Smart Grid technology, into energy assurance and emergency preparedness plans.

Additional Resources: ARRA Information for Cities and Towns

General Program Updates

Transportation: High Speed Rail "on Track"

The Patrick Administration submitted the first in a series of formal applications for High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail federal stimulus funds. The Track 1 applications seek funding for the Connecticut River Line and the Inland Route serving Boston, Worcester, and Springfield. Learn More >>

Housing: Updated Funding Commitments

The Department of Housing and Community Development has recently updated award lists to include some of the more recent programs announced. These include Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP). Over $200 million of ARRA funding has been awarded to support community services, weatherization, lead hazard abatement, low income housing, and infrastructure development. The award lists indicate the communities, grant amounts, and activities to be funded.

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As always, please feel free to visit our website or contact the stimulus office at 617-979-8380 if you have any questions.