Massachusetts Recovery Update

Week of September 14, 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.

Find a Job

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: Solar Power Installations

The for installation of solar power at 12 water and wastewater treatment plants in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth, helping those facilities to reduce both energy bills and greenhouse gas impacts while creating jobs and growing the state's solar industry.
Learn more about this opportunity >>

Comm-Pass

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:

ARRA Information for Cities and Towns

General Program Updates

Transportation: TIGER Application Submitted for 28X bus and South Coast Rail

photo: bus
The Mass. Department of Transportation has submitted an application for $147 million of stimulus funding under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program to replace the unreliable and inadequate Route 28 bus service from Mattapan Square to Ruggles with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure and service. This will benefit 12,000 bus riders per day and provide a four-fold economic benefit by bringing new construction related employment, increasing mobility for residents to reach jobs throughout the Boston area, improving transportation options for workers and patrons of small and locally-owned businesses along the corridor, and encouraging new economic growth in the business districts throughout the area.

An additional $71.4 million is being requested to support the Fast Track New Bedford initiative to provide a new hub for transportation in New Bedford that will integrate local bus services and shuttles, intercity buses, the Fast Ferry service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, and regional passenger rail. Learn more about the South Coast Rail Project >>

Environment - Conservation, Recreation, Transportation: TIGER Application Submitted for Harbor Islands and Seaside Communities

photo: boat
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has submitted TIGER applications for $25.6 million in stimulus funds to rehabilitate piers and docking facilities serving the Boston Harbor Islands and $50.6 million to create a "Gateway to Coastal Massachusetts." The Gateway project will replace existing port infrastructure to create and establish a new network for water transportation between Boston and Quincy as well as to many seaside communities along the coast of Massachusetts.

Contact Us

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.