The regional effort involving designees from the towns of Montgomery, Russell, Blandford, Huntington, Chester and Middlefield has secured state-funded resources to both work with community development consultants Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture, PLL, and MassDevelopment, on an economic development strategy that will include public meetings and stakeholder interviews, as well as the Mass Department of Local Services (DLS) who will help the towns determine opportunities where regionalization can improve and lower the costs of municipal services and functions
Through utilization of a state Community Compact grant, the six towns of the Gateway Regional School District have formed the Hilltown Collaborative, which will be looking for ways the towns can share financial services and stimulate town economies.
Collaborative members will be working with the six towns, as well as the Mass Division of Local Services, MassDevelopment, community development consulting firm Elan, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), in an effort to respond to declining populations, shrinking property tax bases, and increasing municipal service costs.
MassLive.com: Massachusetts municipalities awarded $30.5 million in Community Development Block Grants: How much did your town get?
The Baker-Polito administration awarded 39 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 58 communities across Massachusetts. In total, the grants amount to $30.5 million.
L t . Governor Karyn Polito got a warm reception at Stanton Hall in Huntington on June 7 as she was there for the announcing of the new “Implementation Plan for a Shared Finance Operation
At the start of Wednesday’s Hilltown Collaborativ meeting in Stanton Hall, chair Andrew Myers of Chester announced that the new grant-funded position of economic development director had been filled.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has announced expansion of passenger rail service from Connecticut to Springfield.
Springfield Republican: Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase literacy
Molly Goren-Watts of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission recently tested the children of the South End Community Center Summer Program on their math and reading skills.
For years, the tag line has been “innovation runs through it.” In the coming year, there will also be more frequent rail service running through it, and that may make all the difference in the world.
After one week on the job as the Gateway HIlltowns Economic Development Director, Jeanne LeClair is setting her priorities.