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Category Archives: Recovery & Reinvestment

The impact of stimulus: It goes on and on and on Posted on May 10

The impact of stimulus: It goes on and on and on

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio I was just reading this article in The Herald News about Meditech a medical software company based in Westwood, that is expanding like crazy. Meditech spokesman Paul Berthiaume boasts in the article that the   …Continue Reading The impact of stimulus: It goes on and on and on

Preventing homelessness before it starts Posted on Apr 22

Preventing homelessness before it starts

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio I was recently reading this article about the state of the homeless population in Worcester County and I was gratified – but not surprised – by what writer Lee Hammel notes: “Initiatives like the   …Continue Reading Preventing homelessness before it starts

Providing access and opportunity, with help from stimulus Posted on Mar 22

Providing access and opportunity, with help from stimulus

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio There were two developments in Massachusetts recently that readers might have overlooked but both of these projects will have enormous impact on a significant number of people in the state. The first is that   …Continue Reading Providing access and opportunity, with help from stimulus

Investing in clean energy: The cost-effective choice for a better future Posted on Mar 8

Investing in clean energy: The cost-effective choice for a better future

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio The value of clean energy is probably incalculable when taking into account not only pure cost savings but also the impact on our environment, our health and our planet. But of course, researching these   …Continue Reading Investing in clean energy: The cost-effective choice for a better future

Stimulus turns two: Why it matters Posted on Feb 17

Stimulus turns two: Why it matters

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio The second anniversary of stimulus means many different things to many different people. From Republicans to Democrats to the media to the pundits, everyone seems to have an opinion on what exactly this watershed   …Continue Reading Stimulus turns two: Why it matters

Stimulus in action: Creating jobs, building homes Posted on Jan 21

Stimulus in action: Creating jobs, building homes

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio Buried in The Boston Globe last week was a story that highlights everything that is right with the stimulus program. Titled, A Rental Revival , the article discusses the affordable housing “boom” that has struck   …Continue Reading Stimulus in action: Creating jobs, building homes

Reflections: A Year of Stimulus Posted on Dec 30

Reflections: A Year of Stimulus

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio The end of one year and the start of a new one are inevitably accompanied by reflection and resolution. For those of us involved in the stimulus program, we feel lucky to have seen some   …Continue Reading Reflections: A Year of Stimulus

Helping the most vulnerable heal Posted on Dec 16

Helping the most vulnerable heal

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio Until I paid a visit to Milford recently, I did not realize that this town had a sizeable immigrant population. I also had no idea that the segments of this population that were experiencing   …Continue Reading Helping the most vulnerable heal

Stimulus revs it up: Growing a business, fueling the economy Posted on Nov 18

Stimulus revs it up: Growing a business, fueling the economy

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio As readers of this blog know, I have been trekking across the state this past year, to see firsthand the impact stimulus funds have had on people, organizations and towns across the state. Today   …Continue Reading Stimulus revs it up: Growing a business, fueling the economy

Providing researchers with the tools to solve the problems of tomorrow Posted on Nov 5

Providing researchers with the tools to solve the problems of tomorrow

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio Over the past year, I’ve visited an awe-inspiring range of projects and programs that have received stimulus awards and heard about the direct impact these awards will have on the people of the Commonwealth.   …Continue Reading Providing researchers with the tools to solve the problems of tomorrow