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Category Archives: Recovery & Reinvestment

Lakeville, MA: A town tells its stimulus story Posted on Oct 22

Lakeville, MA: A town tells its stimulus story

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio If anyone doubts the breathtaking range of projects being funded by stimulus, they should have come with me on my recent visit to Lakeville. This picturesque, once rural South Coast town is struggling, like   …Continue Reading Lakeville, MA: A town tells its stimulus story

Providing the ability, to those with disabilities, to get a job Posted on Sep 28

Providing the ability, to those with disabilities, to get a job

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio As I travel around the state, seeing the impact stimulus awards have had on agencies, schools, towns and most significantly, people, I have come to appreciate one of the most powerful features of the stimulus   …Continue Reading Providing the ability, to those with disabilities, to get a job

In Worcester, An Anti-Poverty Agency Helps its Neediest Posted on Sep 8

In Worcester, An Anti-Poverty Agency Helps its Neediest

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio I have been to a number of anti-poverty agencies across the state and my awe at the dedication and effort of the people who work at these agencies has yet to subside. I know   …Continue Reading In Worcester, An Anti-Poverty Agency Helps its Neediest

PACE: Greater New Bedford’s Response to Poverty Posted on Aug 23

PACE: Greater New Bedford’s Response to Poverty

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio From the moment I walked into People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE), an anti poverty agency in New Bedford, I could tell that there was something special about the place. Maybe it was how   …Continue Reading PACE: Greater New Bedford’s Response to Poverty

A Haven For Kids Thrives in Brockton Posted on Aug 10

A Haven For Kids Thrives in Brockton

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio Entering the world of the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton is stepping into a whirlwind of activity. There are kids everywhere – on the basketball courts, in the teen lounge, in the game   …Continue Reading A Haven For Kids Thrives in Brockton

Providing A Head Start on Life Posted on Jul 29

Providing A Head Start on Life

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio There are a few things I feel passionate about and one of those is early education. I have often said that there is no bigger value than the investment made on early education and   …Continue Reading Providing A Head Start on Life

Fighting the Good Fight in Lynn Posted on Jul 16

Fighting the Good Fight in Lynn

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio One of the great things about the stimulus program is the sheer breadth of it. In my effort to get behind the numbers and see first hand the impact of stimulus on the citizens   …Continue Reading Fighting the Good Fight in Lynn

Providing the Ability to Help Those in Need: The Power of Stimulus Posted on Jun 23

Providing the Ability to Help Those in Need: The Power of Stimulus

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio I was just in Plymouth at the South Shore Community Action Council and my head is still trying to process the myriad of ways that the people who run this anti-poverty agency have used   …Continue Reading Providing the Ability to Help Those in Need: The Power of Stimulus

A New Era in Energy Begins in Charlestown Posted on Jun 10

A New Era in Energy Begins in Charlestown

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio I recently had the opportunity to see what will eventually be the largest wind blade testing facility in the world – and I didn’t have to leave Massachusetts to do it. The Wind Technology   …Continue Reading A New Era in Energy Begins in Charlestown

Generating Energy From Waste: Fairhaven Discovers the Power of Sludge Posted on May 27

Generating Energy From Waste: Fairhaven Discovers the Power of Sludge

Jeffrey Simon Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office View Jeffrey’s Bio I was recently in Fairhaven to check out the Green Energy Projects there that received approximately $7.9 million in stimulus funding. What I found was the Recovery Act at its very best: the projects   …Continue Reading Generating Energy From Waste: Fairhaven Discovers the Power of Sludge