City of Agawam signs community compact with state

Agreement makes Agawam eligible for state resources that it may not have had otherwise

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Agawam was one of the first communities to sign a compact agreement with the state.

Governor Baker’s administration has been visiting with communities throughout the state over the past several months. They collected feedback on what communities would like to see done and discussed how they could work together.

On Wednesday, Agawam became the third community to officially sign a compact agreement with the Baker administration. The agreement focuses on infrastructure, housing, economic development, the Walnut Street extension area, and job creation downtown.

This makes the town eligible for state resources that it may not have had otherwise.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito told 22News, “It places Agawam in a more competitive position for some of the statewide grants, whether it’s a MassWorks grant, or a parks grant, or complete streets grant that can help Agawam with economic development.”

Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen said, “I’m very grateful to have this kind of relationship with the state government to be able to get projects that are very important to us that will help create jobs.”

Mayor Cohen said within 24 hours of signing the compact the Undersecretary of Economic Development has already contacted him.

Agawam is already looking at MassWorks grants and has been working with the DEP to clean up the Games and Lanes site.

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