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Gov. Patrick Authorizes Spending On Several Projects

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New barns at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has released a plan to spend $1.8 billion on construction projects including several in western Massachusetts.

The plan includes $3 million for a drainage project at the Three County Fairgrounds and surrounding neighborhood in Northampton.  Mayor David Narkewicz said resolving flooding problems will help advance a $40 million redevelopment of the fairgrounds.

"This project was unique in that it is going to help us deal with a municipal issue that affects homes and properities, but it is also going to be critical to the ongoing redevelopment of the Three County Fairgrounds that has local and regional economic development and tourism impact."

Also, the state will spend $51 million to upgrade a science building at UMass Amherst, $400,000 for a student activity center and library at Springfield Technical Community College and $10 million to expand broadband in western Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.