Letter to the Editor: Economic growth in North Quabbin worth praise

Published: 3/14/2018 9:01:36 AM

North Quabbin is a shining example of what’s possible when we invest in our local communities and give small businesses the tools they need to succeed.

Orange Innovation Center is at the heart of that success, and I was proud to highlight all that it’s done to help grow our region’s economy when I recently visited with Debra Beavin from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Beavin oversees federal funding to Massachusetts from the Commerce Department and we were thrilled she accepted our invitation.

During our visit, the Orange Innovation Center was filled with community and municipal leaders from across the North Quabbin region who gathered to learn about the important programs offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Beavin briefed attendees on how best to access important planning and development funding offered by the EDA to local businesses like ones right here in North Quabbin.

Joining us at the Feb. 13 meeting were elected and appointed representatives of the towns of Athol, Barre, Erving, New Salem and Orange, as well as executives from local businesses, local planning organizations and Chambers of Commerce.

I believe that the economic future of this region is bright, and it is important to me that the federal government partner with our local leaders to help fund that future.

Hosting our local elected and business leaders for this event was a great way to highlight the success we’ve achieved together and to ensure we continue to invest in our community for years to come.

Thank you to all who joined us. I am proud to represent you and look forward to all we can do to help more local businesses create good jobs and help grow our economy for years to come.

Jim McGovern


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