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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

   Plans for major improvements to a downtrodden neighborhood in the city of Holyoke have received a big financial boost from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 


   One of the major pieces of legislation still pending final approval in the waning days of the legislative session on Beacon Hill is an economic development bill.

Bills are stacking up on Beacon Hill as the Massachusetts Legislature prepares to make its typical rush to the July 31st finish line of the two-year legislative session.  Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-dominated legislature seem to be in general agreement on their priorities. 

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During a tour of Western Massachusetts last week, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito touted the work of the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. The group is receiving state funding for an affordable housing project.

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During a tour of Western Massachusetts late last week, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito championed Mount Washington's partnership with the state on infrastructure improvements.


          The largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England is said to be ahead of schedule. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the project in Ludlow Thursday.

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The Baker administration announced its first round of grants for critical infrastructure projects in rural Massachusetts communities Tuesday. 

A new study finds highways and bridges in New York and Massachusetts rank among the most deteriorated in the nation.


        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $1.9 million grant award today for a western Massachusetts city to complete a highway project that will allow for an $8 million commercial development.

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    Massachusetts will fund enhancements to a riverwalk project in Ludlow that is part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England. 

     The town of Ludlow has officially signed an agreement with the state to accept a $429,500 grant from the MassWorks program. It will be used for lighting, benches, signage explaining the history of the property, and other amenities along the 1.7-mile Ludlow Mills Riverwalk. 

      Plans to redevelop two old mill complexes are being called a “game-changer” for the downtown of a western Massachusetts city.


More than $9 million in state funding has been awarded to three western Massachusetts cities to pay for infrastructure such as new sewer and water mains and streetscape work needed to support housing and other economic development projects.

The state grants will help support an effort to repair and preserve one of the oldest public housing complexes in the nation located in the city of Holyoke, convert an old mill building in Chicopee into loft apartments, and reconfigure one of the most dangerous traffic intersections in the region: the “Six Corners” in Springfield.