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Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and Secretary for Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez today announced the 28 recipients of the $4 million Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program.

The CIC is designed to promote innovative regionalization and other cost saving initiatives that will help local governments increase cost efficiency while maintaining service delivery. In addition to the $4 million, $1 million was provided through the 2012 supplemental budget signed in February for projects in Norfolk County.

The 28 recipients span the length and breadth of the Commonwealth.

In Education, Recipients are:

— Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District, $173,900 for special education cost saving through full regionalization

— Manchester-Essex Regional School District, $109,000 for regionalizing special education services for children with dyslexia

— Hampshire Regional School District, Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School District, towns of Southampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg, $78,000 for regionalized technology support services

– Southwick-Tolland Regional School District, town of Granville, $44,000 for Granville to join district

– Monomoy Regional School District, Towns of Chatham and Harwich, $204,000 for Monomoy Regional School District transition

— Towns of Cheshire and Lanesborough, Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional Distirct, $23,975 for vocational/technical school district expansion

In Environment/Public Works Projects, recipients are:

— Towns of Spencer, Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Webster and West Boylston, $310,000 for regionalizing municipal stormwater management in Central MA through collaborative education, data management and policy development

— Towns of Brookfield, Brimfield, E. Brookfield, Warren and W. Brookfield, $58,000 for regional equipment sharing cooperative

— Towns of Harwich and Chatham, $25,500 for shared municpal closed loop pressure wash water recycle system for commercial fishing fleets in both towns

— Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, $132,455 for conservation commissions compact

In Civic Engagement Projects, the recipient was:

— Boston, $400,000 for Commonwealth Citizens Connect App development for local governments across the state

In Online Muncipal Services and Systems Projects, recipients were:

— Cape Cod Commission (Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orlenas, Nantucket, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet and Yarmouth), $500,000 for digital regionalization: permit, license and inspection automation

— Town of Royalston and other communities in the Community Software Consortium, $290.710 for cloud-based open source integrated municipal financial management

— Towns of Becket, Dalton, Lee, Monterey, Lenox, Richmond and Sheffield, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, $110.835 for on-line municipal building permits

In Performance Management Projects, the recipient was:

— Amesbury, Lowell, Somerville, Woburn and Worcester, $373,400 for a statewide performance management program

In Public Health Projects, recipients were:

— Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Towns of Buckland, Charlemont, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Monroe, Granby and Plainfield, $119,375 for Franklin County Cooperative Public Health Service 

 – Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Towns of Adams, Alford, Becket, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Great Barrington, Hancock, Lanesborough, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, North Adams, Peru, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown and Windsor, $40,000 for Berkshire Health Alliance Public Health Nurse Program 

— Towns of Ashland, Medway, and Hopkinton, $15,000 for provision of electronic food inspections 

In Public Safety Projects, recipients were:

— Towns of Ashland and Hopkinton, $175,000 for Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Services Collaborative 

— Northampton, Springfield, Greenfield, Chesterfield, Easthampton, Granby, Montague, Turners Falls and Ware, $47,000 for NoFIRES – Northwestern Juvenile Fire Intervention Response, Education, and Safety Partnership 

 – Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Greenfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Heath, Montague, Warwick and Whatley $19,000 for Franklin County Regional Dog Officer Control and Kennel 

– Norfolk County ,$150,000 for Regional Animal Control Officer 

 – Abington, Avon, Hanover, Hingham, Holbrook and West Bridgewater, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District, South Shore Vocational Technical High School and Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, $199,690 for Southeast Technology Network 

 – Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, Taunton, Seekonk, North Attleboro, Fairhaven, Easton, Swansea, Somerset, Freetown, Dighton, Westport and Wareham, $76,800 for Southeast Fire Department Electronic Records and Permitting Collaborative

 In General Government Projects, recipients were:

— East Bridgewater, $73,633 for Town-School Facilities Management and IT Consolidation 

 – Norfolk County, Plainville and Walpole, $200,000 for Regional Payroll Program 

In Facilities Management Projects, recipients were:

–Town of Hanover, $46,000 for Centralized Facility and Infrastructure Asset Maintenance System

 –Town of Middleborough $28,210.60 for Consolidation of IT and Maintenance Services

 Other Projects

— Towns of Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, Maynard and Stow, Clock Tower Place Office Park in Maynard, $184,575 for Shared Transportation Resources among Five Municipalities and One Business in the Acton Region 

 – Town of Andover, $29,967 for Libraries as Part of Emergency Response Teams 

 – Norfolk County, $244,000 for Regionalized Veterans’ Services ; $89,000 for Regional Services Coordinator, $237,000 for Regional Municipal Engineering Services








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