Massachusetts Recovery Update
Week of October 26, 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.
General Program Updates
Over 23,000 Jobs Created Or Retained By $1.9 Billion In Federal Stimulus Investments
Governor Patrick announced on Wednesday that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has created or retained 23,533 jobs in Massachusetts since the start of the 27-month program in February. Based on the data submitted to the federal government through the state's first quarterly report, set to be released on Friday, Massachusetts state agencies received approximately $4 billion in recovery money through September 30, 2009. Of these funds, state agencies have already invested nearly $1.9 billion, including $1.3 billion on direct benefits such as Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid, and over $500 million on other programs and infrastructure projects to create or retain jobs and fund essential services."The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was designed to help states bridge to a better tomorrow by putting people back to work immediately and making smart investments in our future. This report shows that our work is paying off," said Governor Patrick. "Real jobs are being created or saved, real projects are underway and we're making real investment in our long-term economy." The Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Office, tasked with overseeing stimulus spending, also released its first Citizens' Update, a report outlining ARRA spending by state agencies through Sept. 30th. Learn more about Governor Patrick's jobs announcement
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More Stimulus Funds For Highway Investments
The Patrick-Murry Administration this week released a list of 33 priority highway projects, estimated to cost over $165 million. When approved by the regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations and put out to bid, they will complete the state's investment of the $437.9 million in ARRA highway funds allocated to the state by the federal government. The projects include a $3.6 million bike path connector for the Alewife Greenway Corridor, $7.5 million in improvements to Worcester's Canal District, a $10 million "flex" of highway dollars to support improvements in MBTA bus service and reliability, and over 25 important road improvement projects that stretch across the state from Attleboro, Amherst, Chicopee, Ludlow, and Norwood. "These projects put stimulus money and Massachusetts people to work," said Governor Patrick. "This administration is all about investing in our future, and these funds help." Learn more about highway investment plans
Opportunities for Municipalities:
Additional ARRA Information for Cities and Towns.
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.
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.
For the latest recovery news and updates:
As always, please feel free to visit our website or contact the stimulus office at 617-979-8380 if you have any questions.