Submitted by Massachusetts’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Bedford is one of 20 Massachusetts communities -Athol, Auburn, Bedford, Billerica, Dracut, Groveland, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Milford, Montague, Newburyport, North Adams, Reading, Shelburne, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Stoughton, Topsfield, and Wayland – to receive a $15,000 Downtown Revitalization Award through the Baker-Polito Administration.
The 2019 awards were presented by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan in Topsfield on February 7.
Alyssa Sandoval, AICP, Bedford’s Economic Development Director and Assistant Town Manager Mike Rosen represented Bedford at the ceremony. “We are excited to receive this award from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative to help our small businesses thrive in Bedford’s Town Center,” said Sandoval. “The $15,000 grant will be used to hire a retail consultant to provide individualized support to small businesses for marketing, architecture/interior design, and general improvements.”
Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $1 million to over 30 communities through the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative. The 2019 awards will enable Bedford and 19 other communities to implement strategies to strengthen downtown districts, support small businesses, and attract residents.
“Vibrant downtown districts that support housing, small businesses and amenities help to strengthen communities by driving local economies and attracting talent,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through programs like MDI, we’ve seen the impact a successful downtown district can have on cities and towns and the importance of enhancing existing programming as well as developing others, to create new resources for municipal officials to utilize.”