MILTON – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today, April 17, announced $2 million in technology grants will be awarded to 45 cities and towns across the Commonwealth, benefiting more than 120 municipal entities, through the Community Compact Information Technology (IT) Grant Program.
Among the 45 communities awarded a grant was the Town of Ashland for $103,000.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of municipal IT grants issued over the past three years to 144, assisting more than 250 communities with $6 million in grant funding to modernize their technology systems and deliver service to their residents more efficiently.
Lt. Governor Polito made the announcement while visiting the Milton Fire Department, which will receive a $46,800 grant to purchase software to enhance tracking and reporting of critical fire department data while also allowing for the integration of the police and fire call dispatch systems.
The Town of Ashland will purchase new software for its fire department to better track emergency calls, reporting, asset management, permits and inspection data, and maintenance management.
“We are proud of the work the Community Compact Cabinet is doing to strengthen critical partnerships with the Commonwealth’s cities and towns,”said Governor Baker, in a media release. “As the use of technology continues to expand in our everyday lives, these grants provide an opportunity to deliver better service at the municipal level to our residents.”
“The IT grants are a great way to support cities and towns who develop best practices and are resourceful in solving major technological challenges,” said Lt. Governor Polito, Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet.
Cities and towns have used the IT grant funding to upgrade their websites, implement new systems that allow residents to apply for permits and licenses online, improve the security and capacity of municipal IT systems, digitize records, and develop other solutions to costly technological challenges.
In addition to the IT grants, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $7 million in technical assistance grants and $4 million in efficiency and regionalization grants since starting the Community Compact Program in 2015.
“The Baker-Polito administration is pleased to partner with cities and towns that are striving to improve the customer experience and maximize available resources,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “Throughout the budget development process we keep the needs of local communities top of mind.”
For a full list of awardees and projects, click here.
Formed in January 2015, the Community Compact Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and is composed of the secretaries of Housing & Economic Development, Education, Transportation, Energy & Environmental Affairs, and Technology Services and Security, and the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services and the Assistant Secretary of Operational Services. The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration’s partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor’s Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities. The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations, and accountability for both partners. On May 3, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito participated in the signings of the 350th and 351st Community Compacts, ensuring every city and town in the Commonwealth will enjoy the benefits of the partnership.