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The purpose of this blog is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the public and employees of Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED). We encourage your comments, ideas and concerns and hope that you will find the information here helpful in understanding what your government is doing and what you can do to help. This is a moderated blog, so all comments will be reviewed for compliance with our policies before posting. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage state resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.
• This is a place for collecting suggestions and new ideas and to encourage conversations between and among citizens and their government, not a substitute channel for services or general questions. Visit our contact page at http://www.mass.gov/eohed, to get help from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
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• Off-topic comments (if you have topics you’d like to hear more about, please suggest them here. If you have off-topic comments that are relevant to the agency, please email them to Darrell.LeMar@state.ma.us.
• Questions from the media
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