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Governor Baker Attends Lowell Plan Board Meeting
Governor Charlie Baker attended the Lowell Plan board meeting on April 5 and spoke about economic development, education, and infrastructure. He discussed his proposed $918 million State investment in economic development over the next five years. He explained that the money would be borrowed and spread across numerous programs, many of which provide grants to municipalities. The single biggest portion of the proposed investment is $500 million for MassWorks, a program that provides grants to cities and towns for public infrastructure tied to economic development.
Board members thanked Governor Baker for the $4.7 million MassWorks Grant for infrastructure improvements to support the City’s Hamilton Canal District Project. The grant will allow the City to extend Broadway Street and add utility infrastructure into the northern half of the District bounded by the Merrimack and Pawtucket canals. Manager Murphy said the grant will spearhead the development of parcels where the City has received bids from Watermark, Genesis HealthCare, WinnCompanies, and Anchor Line Properties.
Governor Baker said, “Lowell is poised to be the premier alternative to Boston and Cambridge.”