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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces Awards to 125 Communities for Local Downtown Recovery

$9.5 million technical assistance program is part of the administration’s Partnerships for Recovery Plan
For immediate release:
3/09/2021
  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Awards to 125 Communities for Local Downtown Recovery

Michael Verseckes, Director of Media and Public Relations

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary Mike Kennealy, and Undersecretary Maddox.

BOSTONToday, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, and Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox announced $9.5 million in awards for 125 communities to address COVID-19 impacts on local downtowns. Communities will partner with consultants to pursue locally-driven, actionable strategies to support downtown and commercial districts.
 
The Local Rapid Recovery Planning (LRRP) program is part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Partnerships for Recovery Plan to help communities stabilize and grow the Massachusetts economy. The plan invests in efforts to get people back to work, support small businesses, foster innovation, revitalize downtowns, and keep people in stable housing. These awards will help downtown and commercial districts, and benefit more than 15,000 small businesses across the state.
 
"Massachusetts' downtowns and main streets drive local economic activity and provide a wide range of opportunities to residents in communities throughout the state," said Governor Charlie Baker. ​"Our administration recognizes the challenges the pandemic has created for these districts and the businesses that comprise them, and we are glad to provide $9.5 million in awards to help municipalities plan for a strong and sustained recovery."
 
"As we continue to navigate the pandemic and work toward recovery, our administration remains committed to collaborating with the local officials that know their communities best to address their unique challenges," said Lt. Governor Polito. "We are grateful to our municipal colleagues for their continued partnership, and look forward to these funds supporting plans that help cities and towns best leverage their local assets to help residents and businesses thrive."​
 
Through Partnerships for Recovery, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $600 million to small businesses, and has opened new grant programs to revitalize downtowns, create winter community spaces, support cultural institutions and foundations, and fund regional economic development organizations. 
 
“Among its many facets that position the Commonwealth for growth, Partnerships for Recovery includes this program to continue making investments that support our small businesses and downtown districts as we continue the process of safely reopening the economy this spring,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Kennealy. “These investments are critical to helping our downtowns rebound from the impacts caused by this public health crisis, and will ensure our communities can develop individual plans to become more resilient and responsive to unexpected challenges.”
 
“I am incredibly proud our Community Services Division, which has worked with municipalities throughout this pandemic to meet unanticipated local needs to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Maddox. “This new funding for municipalities will allow them to undertake projects that will directly benefit residents, and builds on the success of our Massachusetts Downtown Initiative.”
 
The Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) offers funding to municipalities to increase local capacity and engage expert consultant services to implement downtown revitalization effort. Funding enables municipalities to pursue projects that will help residents and small businesses, including parking management, wayfinding, branding, and access. MDI helps municipalities create community spaces that prioritize community investment, preserve and enhance local character, enhance accessibility, walkability, and transportation, and promote downtown living.
 
With public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, including a decline in average daily COVID cases and hospitalizations, and as vaccination rates continue to increase, the Administration is taking steps to gradually reopen the Commonwealth’s economy. On Monday, March 1, 2021, the Commonwealth advanced to Step 2 of Phase III of the Administration’s reopening plan. In addition, the Administration also recently announced its plan to transition to Step 1 of Phase IV on Monday, March 22, provided that public health metrics continue to improve.
 

LRRP Awardee Communities:

Town of Acton

Town of Adams
Town of Amherst
Town of Andover
Town of Arlington
Town of Ashburnham
Town of Athol
City of Attleboro
Town of Auburn
Town of Barnstable
Town of Barre
Town of Bedford
Town of Belmont
City of Beverly
Town of Blandford
Town of Boylston
Town of Braintree
City of Brockton
Town of Brookline
Town of Buckland
Town of Burlington
City of Cambridge
Town of Canton
City of Chelsea
Town of Chester
City of Chicopee
Town of Clinton
Town of Danvers
Town of Dartmouth
Town of Dracut
Town of Dudley
Town of East Longmeadow
Town of Eastham
City of Easthampton
Town of Easton
Town of Edgartown
Town of Essex
City of Fall River
Town of Foxborough
City of Framingham
City of Gloucester
Town of Grafton
Town of Great Barrington
City of Greenfield
Town of Halifax
Town of Hanson
Town of Hardwick
Town of Hingham
Town of Holliston
City of Holyoke
Town of Hudson
Town of Hull
City of Lawrence
Town of Leicester
City of Leominster
Town of Lexington
Town of Littleton
City of Lowell
City of Lynn
City of Malden
Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea
Town of Marblehead
Town of Marshfield
Town of Maynard
Town of Medfield
City of Medford
Town of Mendon
City of Methuen
Town of Middleborough
Town of Millbury
Town of Milton
Town of Monson
Town of Montague
Town of Natick
City of New Bedford
City of Newburyport
City of Newton
City of North Adams
Town of North Brookfield
City of Northampton
Town of Northbridge
Town of Northfield
Town of Norton
Town of Norwood
Town of Oak Bluffs
Town of Oxford
City of Peabody
Town of Pepperell
City of Pittsfield
Town of Plymouth
Town of Princeton
City of Quincy
Town of Reading
City of Revere
Town of Rockland
Town of Rockport
City of Salem
Town of Shelburne
Town of Shrewsbury
Town of South Hadley
Town of Southbridge
Town of Spencer
City of Springfield
Town of Sterling
Town of Stoneham
Town of Sturbridge
Town of Sunderland
City of Taunton
Town of Tyngsborough
Town of Upton
Town of Uxbridge
Town of Wakefield
Town of Walpole
Town of Ware
Town of West Brookfield
Town of West Springfield
Town of Westborough
City of Westfield
Town of Williamstown
Town of Wilmington
Town of Winchester
City of Woburn
City of Worcester
Town of Wrentham

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Awards to 125 Communities for Local Downtown Recovery

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