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Easthampton and 2 Hampshire County towns get grants fromGov. Baker’s office

  • Gov. Charlie Baker’s office has awarded three Hampshire County municipalities — Easthampton, Huntington and Middlefield — state Community Compact grants. AP FILE PHOTO



Friday, March 10, 2017

Three Hampshire County locations are among the 38 municipalities and eight school districts in Massachusetts to receive a portion of roughly $850,000 in what the governor’s office calls Community Compact Cabinet grants.

The towns Huntington and Middlefield were named among the areas in the regionalization and shared services category while the city of Easthampton will share a $38,000 grant with its public schools’ IT department, according to a news release from Gov. Charlie Baker’s office. Huntington and Middlefield were among a cluster of six municipalities that collectively received $100,511 for rural economic development planning. Also included in this group were Chester, Blandford, Montgomery and Russell.

Baker’s office announced the grants Friday afternoon. The administration announced its first round of Community Compact Cabinet grants last December, in which about $1 million was awarded to 70 municipalities, according to the governor’s office.

“Our administration formed the Community Compact Cabinet, led by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, to solidify state government’s role as a reliable partner for cities and towns,” Baker said in the release. “We are proud to announce the second round of grants to help cities, towns and school districts from across the Commonwealth work together on improving their regionalization and efficiency efforts to better serve their residents.”

These grants, according to the governor’s office, are intended to help fund “one-time or transition costs,” for the municipalities or school districts that are selected.