Four Bristol County Towns Selected Under Economic Expansion Program

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Since the program’s inception in 2015, MassDevelopment has previously supported 16 Commonwealth districts.

NEW BEDFORD, MA (WLNE) – Four gateway cities in Bristol County have been chosen to be part of the next group to receive funding from a program aimed at accelerating economic growth.

On Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, along with other state and local officials, announced that Taunton (Whittenton District), Fall River (South Main), Attleboro (Downtown) and New Bedford (Acushnet Ave/North End) were among 12 new cities added to this state-run program, with more than $23.7 million in assistance available.

This is the second time an area of ​​New Bedford has been selected.

This Massachusetts development program is called the Transformative Development Initiative. It focuses primarily on one sector of a gateway city and works to revive and propel its local economy.

The state says that for a city to be chosen, it must be a “gateway city”:

  • “Medium-sized” – 35,000-250,000 inhabitants.
  • Have a median household income below the state median.
  • To be below the state average among college graduates.

Officials say that once an area of ​​a city is chosen, a “companion” or representative will be appointed for that area. There, they will help recruit diverse candidates, conduct leadership workshops, give advice on how to spruce up a storefront, help businesses apply for local grants and other avenues of economic stimulus.

The other cities chosen are Barnstable (Hyannis), Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Pittsfield, Revere, Springfield and Worcester.

Since the program’s inception in 2015, MassDevelopment has previously supported 16 Commonwealth districts.

For more information on this program, please click here.

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