Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2 million in Community Compact Cabinet grants that will assist 92 communities and 8 School Districts across the Commonwealth. The Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program was started by the administration in 2016 \u00a0to assist municipalities and school districts interested in providing services to their constituents in a more efficient and cost-effective way. In Fiscal Year 2017, the administration awarded $2 million to over 110 municipalities and 18 school districts.\n\u00a0\n\u201cOur administration created the Community Compact Cabinet to enhance state government\u2019s role as a reliable partner for municipalities under the leadership of Lt. Governor Polito who has logged countless miles travelling Massachusetts working with local officials and stakeholders,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cWe are proud to announce this year\u2019s round of grants to help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth work together to share services that will better serve their constituents in a more cost-effective manner.\u201d\n\u00a0\n\u201cAs former local officials, Governor Baker and I understand the importance of continuing to support our cities and towns through this effective grant program,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet. \u201cWe are committed to using these grants to work with cities, towns, and school districts to better serve their residents and make Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family.\u201d\n\u00a0\n\u0022The Community Compact Cabinet grant program provides local leaders with the flexibility and support to pursue projects that best fit their communities,\u0022 said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. \u0022The administration is pleased to have provided over $17 million to cities and towns through this program to pursue important regionalization and efficiency efforts, best practices, and technology infrastructure upgrades.\u0022\n\u00a0\nThe Community Compact Cabinet\u2019s Efficiency \u0026 Regionalization grant program provides financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants will provide funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering \u00a0forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects.\n\nGrant Recipients:\n\nRegionalization / Shared Services\n\nMosquito Control District (Deerfield, Bernardston, Conway, East Longmeadow, Hadley, Montague, Northampton, Palmer, Shelburne, Southampton, South Hadley) - $150,000\n\tPioneer Valley Planning Commission Regional IT (Blandford, Chester, Cummington, Huntington, Montgomery, and the Gateway RSD) - $150,000\n\tShared Fire/EMS (Halifax, Plympton) - $132,300\n\tRegional IT (Danvers, Essex, Hamilton, Wenham) - $100,000\n\tRegional Animal Control (Palmer, Monson, Ware, Warren) - $67,000\n\tRegional Public Health Nurse (Avon, Holbrook, Randolph) - $46,000\n\tMetropolitan Area Planning Council Regional Opioid Programming (Chelsea, Medford, Winthrop) - $36,500\n\tRegional Treasury/Collections (Berkley, Cheshire, Chester, Conway, Egremont, Hawley, Heath, Middlefield, Oakham, Royalston, Tyringham, Washington, Windsor) - $22,109\nRegional Economic Development\n\nCentral Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Regional Economic Development Director (Barre, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, Oakham) - $95,000\n\tRegional Economic Development (Dedham, Norwood, Westwood) - $50,000\n\tMerrimack Valley Planning Commission Regional Economic Development (Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury) - $50,000\n\tRural Economic Development Planning (Chester, Blandford, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell) - $42,339\nRegional Wastewater\n\nCohasset, Hull, Scituate - $200,000\n\tBarnstable, Dennis, Harwich, Yarmouth - $150,000\n\tBourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich (with Joint Base Cape Cod) - $140,000\nRegional Transportation\n\nMetropolitan Area Planning Council (Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott) - $125,300\n\tMartha\u2019s Vineyard Commission Regional Transportation Planner (Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury,\u00a0 West Tisbury) - $100,000\n\tBedford, Burlington, Lexington - $85,000\nSchools\n\nRegional School District Consolidation / Collaboration (Gill-Montague RSD, Franklin Co. Tech, Pioneer Valley RSD) - $109,998\n\tAdd Member to Old Colony Regional VocTech (Freetown schools) - $30,000\n\tExploration of Regionalization (Amherst and Pelham schools) - $21,500\nEfficiencies\n\nGardner Combined Dispatch - $82,952\n\tWilliamsburg Police Records/Reporting - $10,350\n\u00a0\n\nAbout the Community Compact Cabinet:\n\nFormed in January 2015, the Community Compact Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and comprised of the secretaries of Housing \u0026 Economic Development, Education, Transportation, and Energy \u0026 Environmental Affairs, the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services, the Assistant Secretary of Operational Services, and the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth. The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration\u2019s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor\u2019s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities.\u00a0 The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners.\n\nAs of today, 323 compacts have been signed.