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NEW: Mass Businesses to Receive $600,000 in Grants

Thursday, April 12, 2012

 

Small businesses and non-profit organizations in Massachusetts will benefit from four new grants from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute totaling $600,000.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray was joined by officials from the federal, state and local levels at the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts in New Bedford to announce the grants, which will be distributed evenly between four Community Development Corporations. The grants will provide resources and technical assistance for 40 small businesses and non-profit organizations across the state.

The $600,000 comes from the federal government, via support by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“Providing connectivity to small businesses is vital to our economic recovery,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We are working hard with the Obama Administration and our Congressional partners to connect businesses with broadband and other critical technologies to position Massachusetts for future growth and prosperity.”

The four Community Development Corporations that will receive $150,000 in funding are the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Dorchester Bay Community Development Corporation, Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation and the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation in Ware. These corporations will then spread the funds evenly across the state.

These grants are just a fraction of the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to expand access to broadband in Massachusetts. Patrick-Murray is leveraging $83.5 million in ARRA funding for other broadband-related infrastructure and improvement initiatives.

“Our Administration continues to build public-private partnerships to support job creation and economic development in Massachusetts,” Murray said. “We thank the Obama Administration, our Congressional Delegation and the awarded Community Development Corporations as we work with small businesses across the state to address their business needs, including access to broadband and other infrastructure, and foster regional economic growth across the Commonwealth.”
 

 

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