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Tuesday, January 19 2016

Greenfield Wins Urban Agenda Grant

Adapted from a Massachusetts Governor's Office press release:

Recently, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the inaugural round of awards from the Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda Grant Program, a new grant program that seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local economic opportunities through partnership-building, problem-solving, and shared accountability. The awards, totaling $3 million in grant funding, will fund 16 economic development, planning, and housing development initiatives, across 13 communities.

“The focus of our urban agenda is community empowerment across the Commonwealth, to meet local needs with locally driven solutions,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The partnerships that have formed in response to this new program will be essential to building leadership, collaboration, and capacity, while creating economic opportunities in the short term, and building a foundation for long-lasting economic development in our urban communities.”

The Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda promotes economic vitality and cultivates safer, stronger, urban neighborhoods and communities throughout Massachusetts. The Urban Agenda grant program seeks to advance vibrant communities, and unlock economic mobility for residents, through community-based partnerships that address workforce development, entrepreneurship, and mixed-income housing development. The inaugural round of the grant program received 54 applications, requesting a total of $12.7 million in funding, from both Gateway Cities and non-Gateway communities of varying sizes. The grant program made awards to three types of projects: economic development implementation grants, economic development planning grants, and housing grants.

Greenfield won in the category of Economic Development Implementation, which provides grants to empower urban communities to advance employment and economic opportunity by providing flexible funding that supports creative local partnerships and capitalizes on local economic opportunities. It challenges urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts to form partnerships that leverage existing economic assets, target specific workforce populations, and define their economic development and quality of life goals and then deliver on those goals.

Greenfield's Grant Award Listing:

Greenfield and North Adams - $200,000

The communities of Greenfield and North Adams will spur downtown revitalization and deepen community-based entrepreneurship through a coordinated program of small business training, mentorship, business succession planning, and capital access. The grant will implement priority opportunities outlined in the Sustainable Berkshires and Sustainable Franklin County regional plans.

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