The following is a press release from the Governor’s office submitted to SOURCE media. (photo is a file photo)
WORCESTER – Today, October 8, Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Secretary of Technology Services and Security Curt Wood at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s 2019 Annual Statewide Conference for Municipal Officials and Staff to announce the launch of the Community Compact Connector.
This new, synthesized online portal will support the Community Compact program to offer all 351 communities in the Commonwealth information on state resources and grant opportunities available to local municipalities.
“Since taking office, Lt. Governor Polito has been a champion for local municipalities and has made it a priority to provide each city and town with the resources and tools they need to grow and succeed,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is committed to its continued support of our partners at the local level through this new and innovative tool for communities.”
“Through my work as the Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet, I have had the honor of visiting all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, and have worked closely with each and every municipality to ensure that they are well prepared for continued economic and community development,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I am proud to announce further support for Massachusetts communities through the Community Compact Connector.”
“The Executive Office of Technology Services and Security has prioritized making the interaction with state government as streamlined and efficient as possible for municipalities and constituents,” said Secretary Curt Wood. “The Community Compact Connector is yet another entry into the Commonwealth’s ‘digital toolkit’ that further strengthens our state and municipal partnership. I would like to thank Lt. Governor Polito for her leadership on this initiative and for empowering my team to have a hand in its creation.”
The Community Compact Connector provides a streamlined interface for cities and towns to interact with state government when seeking partnership and grant funding opportunities and is equipped with pages offering services such as a municipal grant finder, technical assistance finder and a grants calendar.
The municipal grants finder and the technical assistance finders provide a central source of information for cities and towns to learn more about state grant opportunities available to them, regardless of state agency management. Areas of support include community development, emergency management and planning, environmental resources and more.
Municipalities are also offered the opportunity to efficiently submit a question or comment to the Community Compact Connector directly on the website, ensuring continued and effective partnership between state and local governments.
In addition to these main features, the Community Compact Connector will also provide varying resources to municipalities, including new fiscal budgets, cherry sheets and announcements.
Visit www.mass.gov/communityconnector to learn more.
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.