Community Development Digest

Massachusetts

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New Program Focuses on Women Employment

The Women in the Workplace Initiative, a new effort by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), seeks to advance opportunities for women in the workforce.

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Mass. Housing Law Takes Effect

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signs H 3492, a law providing money for the production and preservation of housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

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Quincy, MA, Honored for Community Development Efforts

For the third time in six years, the city of Quincy, MA is being recognized for its use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and federal funds to meet the needs of families and neighborhoods.

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Community Revitalization Funding Available

This foundation supports innovative strategies promoting economic prosperity in distressed urban communities. Preference is given to demand-driven projects integrating environmental sustainability practices.

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Local Brownfields Plan Tackles Regional Problem

The Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts has a rich history of industrial development rooted in an era of extensive production through numerous mills. But along with heavy industrial development comes the by-product of a slowly changing economy spawning manufacturing disinvestment and extensive brownfield sites.

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Boston Foundation Invests $10 Million for Development Efforts

The Boston Foundation will invest at least $10 million over the next four years towards community development projects along the Fairmount Corridor in the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan neighborhoods of Boston.

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Bonds Spur Massive Improvements in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, a $40 million tax-exempt bond, courtesy of economic development organization MassDevelopment, will markedly enhance – and enlarge -- The Windsor School, an independent school for girls.

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Boston LISC Releases Green Property Management Guide

The guide is designed to help organizations to establish tasks to be undertaken by owners and management staff to achieve the best results.

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MA Community Considers Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages

Using a private financial partner, the mortgages would be restructured with lower interest rates to help people stay in their homes. With the highest foreclosure rate in the state, Brockton has 7,000 homeowners whose homes are values below their mortgages.

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Massachusetts Multi-Housing Plan a Likely Boon for Developers

Dubbed the "Compact Neighborhoods program," the project entails building well-planned housing units near jobs and transit centers. It is designed to compliment smart-growth programs already in progress in the state.

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