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HINGHAM — - Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Town Manager Thomas Mayo and other state and local officials to announce $3.6 million in Massachusetts Dredging Program grants to four communities, including a $2 million award for work on Hingham’s Inner Harbor.
Lt. Governor Polito also announced awards for Beverly, Chatham and Dennis through the first-ever grant round of the Massachusetts Dredging Program, which is part of a targeted effort to bolster the Commonwealth’s 78 coastal communities. Last week, Lt Governor Polito kicked off 2019 Grant Round announcements at an event in Nantucket, one of the five awardees from the $4.1 million 2019 Grant Round.
“The vitality of the Commonwealth’s coastal communities is an integral part of Massachusetts’ blue economy, and the state’s economy as a whole,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The success of last year’s pilot dredging program highlighted the impact of investing in locally focused initiatives, and led us to create the Massachusetts Dredging Program to continue to support the unique priorities of seaside cities and towns.”
“We are excited to establish this important new economic tool, which will have a direct impact on Massachusetts coastal communities like Hingham, Beverly, Chatham and Dennis,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “As chair of the Seaport Council Chairwoman, I have seen the tremendous effect dedicated dredging and coastal assistance funds can have on our maritime economy and we are committed to doing more through this new funding source.”
In March, the Baker-Polito Administration announced its first standalone grant program offering $4 million in focused funding for saltwater dredging on a competitive, annual basis. Dredging assistance is vital to help coastal communities to maintain and improve their navigational waterways and support the long-term growth and sustainability of the state’s maritime economy.
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