Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito signed a Community Compact agreement with the town of Swampscott, marking a milestone as the Commonwealth\u2019s 300th\u00a0Compact Community. \u00a0\u00a0\n\n\t\t\t\u201cThe Community Compact program has been successful in strengthening the relationships between state and local government in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth under the leadership of Lt. Governor Polito who has worked tirelessly to travel the state visiting local officials and stakeholders as part of this program,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Charlie Baker.\u00a0\u201cI am proud to see Swampscott sign our administration\u2019s 300thcompact to regionalize services, combat long-term financial challenges and implement the Complete Streets Program.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tIn 2015, Governor Baker\u00a0signed his first Executive Order\u00a0establishing the Community Compact Cabinet (CCC) chaired by Lt. Governor Polito, in order to elevate the Administration\u2019s partnerships with cities and towns in all communities of the Commonwealth.\n\n\t\t\t\u201cThe Community Compact Cabinet is proud to have signed 300 Compacts with municipalities across the state in order to help build stronger communities and a stronger Massachusetts,\u201d\u00a0said Lt. Governor Polito,\u00a0Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet.\u00a0\u201cFrom grants and technical assistance to connecting resources, we are pleased to work with communities to be a better partner, making all cities and towns a better place to work, live and raise a family.\u201d\u00a0\n\n\t\t\t\u201cSwampscott\u2019s commitment to improving and highlighting its scenic coastal town is illustrated by today\u2019s Community Compact signing,\u201d said Senator Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn).\u00a0\u201cThe institution of best practices such as regional and shared services, intermodal transportation efforts and enhanced long-range capital planning, will continue to advance the economic growth of the town and the quality of life for its residents.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tRepresentative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) said, \u201cI\u0027m thrilled to celebrate the 300th compact signing in Swampscott. Partnering with Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, and hard-working local officials for municipal best practices is good governance at its best. The genius behind the compact is that when our communities are provided resources and support, we all win.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tCurrently, 311 municipalities have applied to participate in the Community Compact program, with 688 total chosen best practices. Including Swampscott, 300 communities have signed compacts representing 660 best practices. Implementing these best practices distinctly improves the operations of local government, creating a stronger community and in many cases, a better experience for residents.\n\n\t\t\tIn addition to the Best Practice program, two other grant programs under the Community Compact Cabinet have benefitted municipalities.\u00a0 The IT Grant program has provided a total of $4 million impacting more than 130 municipalities for various projects that will drive innovation and transformation at the local level.\u00a0 Similarly, the Efficiency \u0026 Regionalization Grant program has resulted in $2 million of grants being awarded for projects impacting more than 120 communities and school districts that support regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability.\n\n\t\t\tCommunity Compacts are one tool the administration is utilizing to strengthen the partnership between cities and towns and the Commonwealth. By entering a Community Compact, a community agrees to implement self-selected best practices. As part of this partnership, the Commonwealth agrees to fulfill a set of commitments and works to provide assistance for a community based on their chosen best practice.\u00a0\n\n\t\t\tThrough these Compacts, Swampscott will partner with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to implement the following best practices:\n\n\t\t\tRegionalization/Shared Services:\u00a0The Commonwealth will award a Community Compact Grant for Swampscott to continue to explore ways to expand regional services.\n\t\t\t\tLong-range Capital and Financial Planning/Forecasting:\u00a0The Commonwealth will award a Community Compact Grant for Swampscott to develop a long-range financial forecast that helps the Town understand both its long-term financial challenges and capacity for capital investment.\n\t\t\t\tTransportation/Public Works \u2013 Active Transportation: Complete Streets:\u00a0In order to implement the Complete Streets Program, the Commonwealth will provide technical assistance to the community through MassDOT\u2019s zero-cost certification process.\u00a0 This will make Swampscott eligible for prioritization planning funding and construction grants.\n\t\t\tFor more information or to apply for a Community Compact go to\u00a0www.mass.gov/ccc.