ROMNEY HONORS 9 COMMUNITIES FOR SMART GROWTH INNOVATION

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Department
State House Boston, MA 02133
(617) 725-4000

MITT ROMNEY
GOVERNOR

KERRY HEALEY
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 19, 2005

CONTACT:
Shawn Feddeman
Jodi Charles
(617) 725-4025
Phil Hailer (OCD)
(617) 573-1104

ROMNEY HONORS 9 COMMUNITIES FOR SMART GROWTH INNOVATION
Encourages cities and towns to participate in new state effort to create more housing

Governor Mitt Romney today honored nine cities and towns from across the Commonwealth who emerged from a statewide competition as leaders in smart growth innovation. 

 Romney also made a pitch to Bay State communities to participate in the new 40R zoning reform program, a state effort that financially rewards cities and towns who build more housing in city and town centers near transit, retail and other infrastructure already in place.

"We are working harder, but more importantly, we are working smarter to achieve a better quality of life in Massachusetts for all of our citizens," said Romney, who presented the awards for the second consecutive year.  "I am delighted to recognize cities and towns that are leading the way in spurring important smart growth projects throughout the state."

During a ceremony along the Charles River in Boston, Romney presented the communities of Salem, Easthampton, Lawrence, Marlboro, Newburyport, Newbury and Brockton with Smart Growth Innovation Awards.  He also honored Cambridge and Montague with honorable mention awards.

The winning entries were submitted to the Governor's Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD) for award consideration.  Each application was thoroughly evaluated by a screening committee made up of representatives from regional planning and state agencies.

In addition to recognition by the Governor, the winning cities and towns will receive:

  • OCD assistance to determine eligibility for project funding through the state Commonwealth Capital programs which exclusively targets smart growth projects
  • Technical assistance in preparing applications for Commonwealth Capital funding
  • Priority eligibility for the range of Commonwealth Capital infrastructure, conservation and housing grant programs
  • Opportunities for expedited state permitting, where possible
  • Project marketing exposure on the OCD Web site.

"The communities honored today are showing other cities and towns how future development should look in Massachusetts," said OCD Secretary Douglas I. Foy.  "These cities and towns are investing in their own strengths – revitalizing downtowns, preserving open space and bringing back village-style zoning."

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