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Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito celebrated $8.4 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program investments in five projects, directly impacting six communities and benefitting Central Massachusetts. Ribbon cuttings in Leominster, Phillipston, Gardner, Shirley and Groton marked the completion of public infrastructure projects that will strengthen communities and benefit local economies.

These investments have supported the development of 50,000 square feet of commercial space, more than 100 new housing units and have attracted tens of million in private investment dollars.

Governor Charlie Baker called MassWorks “one of our administration’s most effective tools to spur economic development by allowing both large cities and small towns in Massachusetts to tackle local projects through a flexible resource. These infrastructure projects create new growth opportunities and strengthen existing regional assets, supporting housing production, job growth and commercial development across the Commonwealth.”

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “I am thrilled to spend the day here in Central Massachusetts celebrating these projects that are pivotal to local economic development. These investments enable communities to take real action against their local growth plans, attracting private investment and driving regional economic prosperity.”

In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), which included a $500 million reauthorization of the MassWorks program to fund investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $250 million in new MassWorks authorization.

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “We are pleased to fund shovel-ready projects that make an outsized impact in the community, including the five Central Massachusetts projects we celebrate today, and many more to come thanks to the signing of the new economic development package.”

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation. Since 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $274 million to 134 projects in 106 communities throughout the Commonwealth, spurring the development of over 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space, over 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space, 1,200 new hotel rooms, and commercial/retail space.

Read the full press release of today’s announcement here.