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    Presione soltar La administración de Baker-Polito anuncia asociaciones para la recuperación, plan de recuperación económica de $ 774 millones

    PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA:

    22/10/2020

    [La administración de Baker-Polito anuncia asociaciones para la recuperación, plan de recuperación económica de $ 774 millones]

    BOSTON - Hoy, la Administración de Baker-Polito anunció un plan integral de $ 774 millones para estabilizar y hacer crecer la economía de Massachusetts. El plan se centra en hacer que las personas vuelvan a trabajar, apoyar a las pequeñas empresas, fomentar la innovación, revitalizar los centros urbanos y garantizar la estabilidad de la vivienda. Partnerships for Recovery comienza hoy destinando $ 115 millones en nuevos fondos a las pequeñas empresas y las calles principales más afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19 y para los esfuerzos de capacitación de la fuerza laboral. Además, la Administración está alineando múltiples fuentes de financiamiento, tanto existentes como propuestas, para responder adecuadamente a la crisis.

    Partnerships for Recovery apoya cinco esfuerzos clave de recuperación:

    Hacer que Massachusetts vuelva al trabajo
    Apoyando a las pequeñas empresas
    Revitalizando los centros urbanos
    Apoyar la equidad y la estabilidad de la vivienda
    Fomento de la innovación

    El gobernador Charlie Baker, el vicegobernador Karyn Polito, el secretario de Vivienda y Desarrollo Económico Mike Kennealy, la secretaria de Trabajo y Fuerza Laboral Rosalin Acosta y el secretario de Administración y Finanzas Michael J. Heffernan se unieron a Joe Kriesberg, presidente y director ejecutivo de la Asociación de Corporaciones de Desarrollo Comunitario de Massachusetts para anunciar el plan en el Auditorio Gardner.

    “Este plan representa una estrategia integral para que la gente vuelva a trabajar y para apoyar a las pequeñas empresas más afectadas por la pandemia, poniendo al Commonwealth en el camino de la recuperación”, dijo el gobernador Charlie Baker. “Al aprovechar las herramientas y los programas existentes e implementar otros nuevos, este plan nos permitirá poner a disposición los recursos y la asistencia críticos para quienes más lo necesitan”. 

    “Mientras continuamos combatiendo esta pandemia, este plan adopta un enfoque que aborda las necesidades clave de las empresas en los centros urbanos y calles principales, brinda apoyo para la vivienda a familias vulnerables y abre nuevas puertas para las personas que buscan regresar al trabajo”, dijo el Tte. Gobernadora Karyn Polito. "Si bien reconocemos que todavía tenemos mucho camino por recorrer, este plan ayudará a impulsar nuestra economía de innovación y posicionará a Massachusetts en el camino del éxito".

    Poner $ 115 millones a trabajar de inmediato para pequeñas empresas y capacitación de la fuerza laboral, incluidos más de $ 25 millones para que las personas vuelvan a trabajar;
    Dirigir $ 323 millones en programas de capital existentes como parte de la respuesta para continuar haciendo más de lo que funciona;
    Solicitar $ 122 millones a través del presupuesto revisado H.2 para complementar los fondos existentes en apoyo de los negocios de Main Street que luchan y el desarrollo de habilidades para los residentes;
    Dirigir $ 43 millones en fondos federales, fiduciarios y otros fondos estatales hacia nuestras necesidades más críticas; y
    Comprometer $ 171 millones para mantener a las personas alojadas de manera segura durante la pandemia.

    Hacer que la gente vuelva al trabajo

    Con el fin de que las personas vuelvan a trabajar, se están realizando nuevas inversiones para desarrollar las habilidades de la mano de obra, ampliar los programas y vías de formación, forjar nuevas asociaciones entre empleadores y trabajadores y apoyar la conectividad a Internet para facilitar el trabajo remoto y el avance profesional en línea. Los más de $ 25 millones disponibles ahora incluyen:

    $ 10.4 millones para involucrar a los empleadores de Massachusetts mediante la expansión de las asociaciones de la fuerza laboral con los grandes empleadores en los sectores objetivo para crear vías alineadas de capacitación y empleo en todo el estado;
    $ 9.2 millones para subsidiar Internet para poblaciones de bajos ingresos y para expandir puntos calientes en comunidades desatendidas y desatendidas;
    $ 3.2 millones para modernizar las rutas virtuales de MassHire para evaluar y conectar a los solicitantes de UI con los servicios y apoyos apropiados;
    $ 2 millones para reforzar la capacitación en manufactura mediante la compra de un programa de capacitación virtual estandarizado para aumentar la fuerza laboral del sector manufacturero; y
    $ 300,000 para complementar $ 8.4 millones para los Institutos de Carreras Técnicas en H.2 para ayudar a cerrar la brecha de habilidades para trabajos de técnicos calificados y alinear la capacitación con las necesidades de la industria.

    Hay $ 54 millones adicionales disponibles para apoyar los esfuerzos de recuperación de la fuerza laboral a través de la programación existente, como el programa Skills Capital Grants, el Fondo fiduciario para la competitividad de la fuerza laboral y el Fondo fiduciario para la capacitación laboral.

    La Casa 2 revisada también propone $ 17,9 millones en fondos para la fuerza laboral, incluidos $ 8,4 millones en fondos para transformar las escuelas secundarias vocacionales en Institutos de Carreras Técnicas que funcionan en tres turnos por día. Esta iniciativa está diseñada para capacitar a 20.000 nuevos trabajadores durante cuatro años en oficios especializados y campos técnicos que incluyen plomería, HVAC, manufactura y robótica. Esto consistirá en una combinación de inscribir a más estudiantes de secundaria en programas de comercio vocacional de alto impacto y expandir la capacidad de los adultos para obtener credenciales basadas en la industria, alineadas con aprendizajes y títulos postsecundarios.

    "Estos fondos proporcionarán servicios críticos de reempleo para nuestra fuerza laboral, ayudando a las personas a hacer la transición de los beneficios por desempleo a empleos bien remunerados en algunos de los sectores clave de crecimiento laboral a largo plazo del Commonwealth", dijo la Secretaria de Trabajo y Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral, Rosalin Acosta.

    Soporte directo para pequeñas empresas y Main Street

    Para generar crecimiento económico en medio de la pandemia de COVID-19 y apoyar las calles principales de Massachusetts, la Administración está invirtiendo $ 322,8 millones en apoyo directo de pequeñas y diversas empresas y comunidades locales. Esta financiación incluye subvenciones (consulte los detalles a continuación) para las pequeñas empresas más afectadas, especialmente las pequeñas empresas propiedad de mujeres, minorías, veteranos o miembros de otros grupos subrepresentados. Estas subvenciones permitirán a las pequeñas empresas cubrir gastos como el alquiler, la nómina y los servicios públicos a medida que se recuperen. La financiación adicional apoyará a las pequeñas empresas a través de asistencia técnica práctica y personalizada, incluido el apoyo dirigido a empresas propiedad de mujeres y minorías en torno a la tecnología digital y en línea a medida que su modelo de negocio se aleja de una ubicación física.

    Muchas comunidades han visto sus calles principales y distritos del centro de la ciudad particularmente afectados por la pandemia, y los nuevos fondos apuntan a ayudar a las ciudades y pueblos a planificar innovaciones a corto plazo y recuperación a largo plazo. Una nueva ronda de $ 10 millones del Programa de Subvenciones para Calles y Espacios Compartidos continuará ayudando a las ciudades y pueblos a implementar o expandir rápidamente mejoras en aceras, bordillos, calles, espacios de estacionamiento en la vía y estacionamientos fuera de la vía en apoyo de la salud pública, seguridad movilidad y comercio renovado en sus comunidades. Por separado, las subvenciones para la planificación de la recuperación local pronto estarán disponibles para las ciudades y pueblos para ayudar con la planificación a largo plazo de sus distritos comerciales. Hay un total de $ 10 millones disponibles para este programa.

    Para apoyar a los museos y otras instalaciones culturales que se han enfrentado a una realidad particularmente desafiante este año, pero que siguen siendo una piedra angular de lo que Massachusetts ofrece a los visitantes, estas instituciones serán elegibles para $ 10 millones en subvenciones operativas de instalaciones culturales. Esta financiación ayudará a estas organizaciones a realizar mejoras de seguridad y otras actualizaciones para permitirles continuar ofreciendo sus atracciones y exhibiciones únicas.

    Como parte de este plan de recuperación, la propuesta de presupuesto revisada presentada recientemente por el Gobernador recomienda más de $ 100 millones en fondos adicionales para la recuperación económica y los esfuerzos de desarrollo, incluidos $ 35 millones para subvenciones y préstamos de instituciones financieras de desarrollo comunitario (CDFI), y $ 15 millones para subvenciones de contrapartida para inversiones de capital por empresas con 20 empleados o menos. Además, más de $ 115 millones en capital existente a través de programas como MassWorks y aquellos en la cartera de MassDevelopment (Fondo de Reurbanización de Brownfields, Programa de Preparación del Sitio, Iniciativa de Desarrollo Transformativo y Espacios de Trabajo Colaborativos), serán apalancados en apoyo de la recuperación económica. Este plan de recuperación complementa el paquete de recuperación económica de $ 275 millones de la Administración, que se anunció en junio.

    Puntos destacados de las pequeñas empresas y la calle principal (nueva financiación):

    $ 50,8 millones en subvenciones para pequeñas empresas para ayudar a las empresas más afectadas;
    $ 10 millones para continuar financiando el Programa de Calles y Espacios Compartidos;
    $ 10 millones para subvenciones de planificación de recuperación local para apoyar ciudades y pueblos;
    $ 10 millones para apoyar instalaciones culturales como museos;
    $ 8,3 millones en asistencia técnica para pequeñas empresas para ayudar a las empresas a acceder a programas de subvenciones y préstamos, así como ayudar a desarrollar habilidades de gestión empresarial, resiliencia y otro tipo de apoyo para afrontar los impactos de la pandemia;
    Incluyendo $ 2.3 millones para brindar asistencia técnica personalizada a empresas propiedad de mujeres y minorías;

    “Nuestras circunstancias actuales exigen un plan con el tamaño y el alcance que coincida con la urgencia que necesitamos para abordar los desafíos más urgentes que enfrentamos ahora”, dijo el secretario de Vivienda y Desarrollo Económico Mike Kennealy. “Al dirigir recursos vitales hacia estas áreas clave, esta estrategia nos permitirá sentar una base sólida para nuestro camino hacia la recuperación”.

    “Durante esta emergencia de salud pública sin precedentes, la Administración de Baker-Polito continúa invirtiendo importantes recursos para apoyar iniciativas de recuperación y crecimiento para pequeñas empresas y calles principales de Massachusetts”, dijo el secretario de Administración y Finanzas Michael J. Heffernan. “A través de una estrecha coordinación con socios federales, estatales y locales, incluidos nuestros colegas legislativos, estamos orgullosos de presentar un plan que invierte cuidadosamente fondos de múltiples fuentes para equipar a los empleadores con las herramientas, recursos y apoyos para ayudar a navegar el nuevo COVID -19 paisaje ".

    "Apreciamos enormemente el sentido de urgencia del gobernador Baker de mover estos dólares de subvenciones ahora, mientras también trabajamos con la Legislatura para asegurar fondos adicionales en el presupuesto estatal y el proyecto de ley de desarrollo económico", dijo Joseph Kriesberg, presidente de la Asociación de Corporaciones de Desarrollo Comunitario de Massachusetts. y miembro de la junta de Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation . “Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas se han sacrificado para ayudar a mantenernos a todos seguros y saludables. Esta iniciativa es nuestra oportunidad de respaldarlos ”.

    Inversiones adicionales

    Para mantener a las personas seguras en sus hogares durante la pandemia y ayudar a los pequeños propietarios con los gastos, la Administración anunció recientemente 171 millones de dólares en apoyo de la Iniciativa de desvío de desalojos. Esta estrategia integral incluye fondos para ayudar a cubrir los costos de la vivienda, como los pagos de alquiler e hipoteca, invertir en nuevos programas en torno a la mediación y la representación legal, y proporcionar realojamiento reembolsado cuando un inquilino es desalojado. Además, la Administración continúa invirtiendo en las existencias de viviendas de alquiler asequibles del Commonwealth con $ 121 millones en subsidios directos.

    Massachusetts ha sido durante mucho tiempo un semillero de innovación y creatividad en ciencia y tecnología, y sectores como las ciencias de la vida y la fabricación avanzada no solo son fundamentales para la economía de la innovación, sino que también continúan contribuyendo a la respuesta al coronavirus. Para asegurar que sigamos liderando en este espacio, $ 62 millones en fondos de capital existentes a través del Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative y MassVentures están disponibles para apoyar la recuperación y el crecimiento.

    Detalles del programa de subvenciones para pequeñas empresas

    Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) está administrando el programa de Subvenciones para Pequeñas Empresas, con $ 50,8 millones disponibles a partir de hoy. Las subvenciones oscilan entre $ 25,000 y $ 75,000, y los criterios de elegibilidad y las solicitudes están disponibles aquí .

    Como parte de este programa de subvenciones, se da preferencia a las pequeñas empresas cuyos propietarios son mujeres, minorías, veteranos, miembros de otros grupos subrepresentados o que se centran en servir a las ciudades Gateway de Massachusetts, que no han podido abrir y las personas más afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19. También se da preferencia a los solicitantes que no han podido recibir ayuda de otros programas federales, incluido el PPP y otro alivio relacionado con COVID-19.

    El programa tiene dos “puertas” de financiamiento distintas según el tamaño de la empresa, con diferentes criterios de elegibilidad, que está disponible en línea . Los solicitantes deben revisar la información para determinar qué programa proceder con la solicitud.

  • This is an important Public Safety Communication. For more information contact Lt. Betz at dbetz@chelseama.gov .

    On 10/12 and 10/13, an area PD received several reports of a fraudulent Covid-19 scheme targeting Hispanic owned and operated businesses. At this time we have no credible source stating this has, is or will occur in Chelsea, rather it is being generated as an awareness campaign to inform the community to remain vigilant for potential scams during this pandemic.

    In one instance, the subject in the middle photo below represented himself as an employee of a local city Inspectional Services Department (ISD). (He may or may not be the same subject in the far left photo). It has been confirmed that no City agency is involved any such initiative.

    In the scheme, either one or (2) subjects enter a business and wave the lanyard around their neck as if to display an ID. Businesses are advised to purchase the “Covid-19 Workplace Guidelines” poster which is shown below for $49.99. Those who question the purchase are told that they may be fined or have their businesses shut down if they do not purchase and display the posters. Businesses are then given a receipt for the purchase. The receipt and poster display what appears to be a Federal agency insignia with the label “Labor and Compliance Services”. The subjects involved in the scheme spoke fluent Spanish.

    The receipt also contains language suggesting that the entity is in compliance with the law by stating; “Labor and Compliance Services is a non-governmental agency providing mandatory workplace posters and does not have a contract with any government agency. Certain posters may also be available for free from the issuing governmental agencies” Labor and Compliance Services notes an address of PO Box 353 – Yonkers, NY with a phone # of 1-800-677-3017. The phone number was contacted in attempt to have the subjects return to a business and were told that they reached the NY Office and they had (17) people working in MA. An arrangement was not made to convince these subjects to return.

    At least (2) vehicles are being used by these subjects, one is described as a white SUV and the other a black SUV. One business owner stated that the black SUV had blue license plates which led him to believe that the vehicle was a government vehicle. Anyone that has questions about this activity should contact the Chelsea Police Department Detective Division or the City Inspectional Services. A city agency will never charge their resident/business stakeholders for public safety awareness campaign workplace posters.

    The persons in these photographs are not wanted for any criminal charges. It is for awareness only. Should you encounter these individuals you are advised to contact the Police right away

     

    Español:

    El 12 de octubre y el 13 de octubre, un departamento de policía del área recibió varios informes de un esquema Covid-19 fraudulento dirigido a empresas de propiedad y operación de hispanos. En este momento, no tenemos una fuente confiable que indique que esto ha ocurrido, está o ocurrirá en Chelsea, sino que se está generando como una campaña de concientización para informar a la comunidad que se mantenga alerta ante posibles estafas durante esta pandemia. La foto del medio de abajo se representa a sí mismo como un empleado del Departamento de Servicios de Inspección (ISD) de una ciudad local. (Puede que sea o no el mismo sujeto en la foto de la izquierda). Se ha confirmado que ninguna agencia de la ciudad está involucrada en tal iniciativa. En el esquema, uno o (2) sujetos ingresan a un negocio y agitan el cordón alrededor de su cuello como para mostrar una identificación. Se recomienda a las empresas que compren el póster “Pautas para el lugar de trabajo Covid-19” que se muestra a continuación por $49.99. A quienes cuestionan la compra se les dice que pueden ser multados o cerrar sus negocios si no compran y exhiben los carteles. A continuación, las empresas reciben un recibo por la compra. El recibo y el cartel muestran lo que parece ser una insignia de una agencia federal con la etiqueta "Labor and Compliance Services". Los sujetos involucrados en el esquema hablaban español con fluidez. El recibo también contiene un lenguaje que sugiere que la entidad cumple con la ley al indicar: “Labor and Compliance Services es una agencia no gubernamental que proporciona carteles obligatorios en el lugar de trabajo y no tiene contrato con cualquier agencia gubernamental. Ciertos carteles también pueden estar disponibles de forma gratuita en las agencias gubernamentales emisoras ”Labor and Compliance Services'' indica una dirección de PO Box 353 - Yonkers, NY con un número de teléfono 1-800-677-3017. Se contactó al número de teléfono en un intento de que los sujetos regresaran a un negocio y se les dijo que habían llegado a la oficina de Nueva York y tenían (17) personas trabajando en MA. No se hizo ningún arreglo para convencer a estos sujetos de que regresaran. Al menos (2) vehículos están siendo utilizados por estos sujetos, uno se describe como un SUV blanco y el otro como un SUV negro. El propietario de un negocio declaró que el SUV negro tenía placas azules, lo que lo llevó a creer que el vehículo era un vehículo del gobierno. Cualquiera que tenga preguntas sobre esta actividad debe comunicarse con la División de Detectives del Departamento de Policía de Chelsea o con los Servicios de Inspección de la Ciudad. Una agencia de la ciudad nunca cobrará a sus residentes / partes interesadas comerciales por los carteles en el lugar de trabajo de la campaña de concientización sobre seguridad pública. Es solo para la conciencia. Si se encuentra con estas personas, se le recomienda que se comunique con la policía de inmediato.

     

     

                                                                        

     


  • PRESS RELEASE

    Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces Partnerships for Recovery, $774 Million Economic Recovery Plan

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    10/22/2020

    Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
    Governor's Press Office
    Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
    Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
    Executive Office for Administration and Finance

    [Baker-Polito Administration Announces Partnerships for Recovery, $774 Million Economic Recovery Plan]

    BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $774 million comprehensive plan to stabilize and grow the Massachusetts economy. The plan focuses on getting people back to work, supporting small businesses, fostering innovation, revitalizing downtowns and ensuring housing stability. Partnerships for Recovery begins today by directing $115 million in new funding to small businesses and Main Streets hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and for workforce training efforts. Additionally, the Administration is aligning multiple funding sources, both existing and proposed, to appropriately respond to the crisis.

    Partnerships for Recovery supports five key recovery efforts:

    Getting Massachusetts back to work
    Supporting small businesses
    Revitalizing downtowns
    Supporting housing equity and stability
    Fostering innovation

    Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, Labor and Workforce Secretary Rosalin Acosta, and Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan joined Joe Kriesberg, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations to announce the plan at the Gardner Auditorium.

    “This plan represents a comprehensive strategy to get people back to work and to support the small businesses hit the hardest by the pandemic, putting the Commonwealth on a path to recovery,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By leveraging existing tools and programs and implementing new ones this plan will allow us to make critical resources and assistance to those who need it most available now.” 

    “While we continue to combat this pandemic, this plan takes an approach that addresses key needs of the businesses in downtowns and main streets, provides housing support for vulnerable families, and opens new doors for people seeking to return to work,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “While we acknowledge we still have a ways to go, this plan will help to jumpstart our innovation economy and position Massachusetts to be on a path for success.”

    Putting $115 million to work right away for small businesses and workforce training, including more than $25 million to get people back to work;
    Directing $323 million in existing capital programs as part of the response to continue doing more of what works;
    Filing for $122 million through the Revised H.2 budget to supplement existing funding in support of struggling Main Street businesses and skill building for residents;
    Steering $43 million in Federal, trust and other state funding toward our most critical needs; and
    Committing $171 million to keep people safely housed during the pandemic.

    Getting People Back to Work

    In order to get people back to work, new investments are being made to build workforce skills, growing training programs and pathways, forging new partnerships between employers and workers, and supporting internet connectivity to facilitate remote work and online career advancement. The more than $25 million available now includes:

    $10.4 million to engage Massachusetts employers by expanding workforce partnerships with large employers in target sectors to create aligned statewide training-employment pathways;
    $9.2 million to subsidize internet for low-income populations, and to expand hot spots in unserved and underserved communities;
    $3.2 million to modernize MassHire virtual pathways to assess and connect UI claimants to appropriate services and supports;
    $2 million to bolster manufacturing training by purchasing a standardized virtual training program to increase workforce for the manufacturing sector; and
    $300,000 to supplement $8.4 million toward Career Technical Institutes in H.2 to help close the skills gap for skilled technician jobs and align training to industry needs.

    An additional $54 million is available to support workforce recovery efforts through existing programming such as the Skills Capital Grants program, the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, and the Workforce Training Trust Fund.

    Revised House 2 also proposes $17.9 million in workforce funding, including $8.4 million in funding to transform vocational high schools into Career Technical Institutes running three shifts per day. This initiative is designed to train 20,000 new workers over four years in skilled trades and technical fields including plumbing, HVAC, manufacturing, and robotics. This will consist of a combination of enrolling more high school students in high-impact vocational trade programs and expanding capacity for adults to earn industry-based credentials, aligned to apprenticeships and post-secondary degrees.

    "These funds will provide critical re-employment services to our workforce, helping people make the transition from unemployment benefits to good paying jobs in some of the Commonwealth's key long term job growth sectors," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta.

    Direct Support to Small Business and Main Street

    To generate economic growth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and support Main Streets across Massachusetts, the Administration is investing $322.8 million in direct support of small and diverse businesses and local communities. This funding includes grants (see details below) to the hardest hit small businesses, especially small businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, or members of other underrepresented groups. These grant awards will allow small businesses to cover expenses such as rent, payroll, and utilities as they get back on their feet. Additional funding will support small businesses through hands-on and personalized technical assistance, including targeted support for women- and minority-owned businesses around digital and online technology as their business model pivots away from a brick-and-mortar location.

    Many communities have seen their Main Streets and downtown districts hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and new funding aims to help cities and towns plan for short-term innovations and long-term recovery. A new $10 million round of the Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program will continue to help cities and towns quickly implement or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in their communities. Separately, local recovery planning grants will soon be available to cities and towns to assist with long-term planning for their business districts. A total of $10 million is available for this program.

    To support the museums and other cultural facilities that have faced a particularly challenging reality this year, but remain a cornerstone of what Massachusetts offers to visitors, these institutions will be eligible for $10 million in Cultural Facilities Operating Grants. This funding will help these organizations to make safety improvements and other upgrades to allow them to continue to offer their unique attractions and exhibits.

    As part of this recovery plan, the Governor’s recently filed revised budget proposal recommends over $100 million in additional funding for economic recovery and development efforts, including $35 million for community development financial institutions (CDFI) grants and loans, and $15 million for matching grants for capital investments by businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Additionally, more than $115 million in existing capital through programs such as MassWorks, and those in the MassDevelopment portfolio (Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, Site Readiness Program, Transformative Development Initiative, and Collaborative Workspaces), will be leveraged in support of economic recovery. This recovery plan complements the Administration’s $275 million economic recovery package, which was announced in June.

    Small Business and Main Street Highlights (new funding):

    $50.8 million in Small Business Grants to help the hardest hit businesses;
    $10 million to continue funding the Shared Streets and Spaces Program;
    $10 million for local recovery planning grants to support cities and towns;
    $10 million to support cultural facilities such as museums;
    $8.3 million in small business technical assistance to help businesses access grant programs and loans, as well as help build business management skills, resilience, and other support in navigating pandemic impacts;
    Including $2.3 million to provide personalized technical assistance to woman- and minority-owned businesses;

    “Our current circumstances call for a plan with the size and scope to match the urgency we need to address the most pressing challenges we now face,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy. “By targeting vital resources toward these key areas, this strategy will allow us to lay a solid foundation for our path to recovery.”

    “During this unprecedented public health emergency, the Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to invest significant resources to support recovery and growth initiatives for small businesses and Main Streets across Massachusetts,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan. “Through close coordination with federal, state, and local partners – including our Legislative colleagues – we are proud to put forth a plan that thoughtfully invests funds from multiple sources to equip employers with the tools, resources, and supports to help navigate the new COVID-19 landscape.”

    “We greatly appreciate Governor Baker’s sense of urgency to move these grant dollars now, while also working with the Legislature to secure additional funds in the state budget and the economic development bill,” said Joseph Kriesberg, President of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and Board Member of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.  “Small business owners have sacrificed to help keep all of us safe and healthy.  This initiative is our opportunity to have their back.”

    Additional Investments

    In order to keep people safely in their homes during the pandemic and support small landlords with expenses, the Administration recently announced $171 million in support of the Eviction Diversion Initiative. This comprehensive strategy includes funding to help to cover housing costs such as rent and mortgage payments, invest in new programs around mediation and legal representation, and provide repaid rehousing when a tenant is evicted. Additionally, the Administration continues to invest in the Commonwealth’s stock of affordable rental housing with $121 million in direct subsidies.

    Massachusetts has long been a hotbed of innovation and creativity in science and technology, and sectors such as the life sciences and advanced manufacturing are not only critical to the innovation economy, but also continue to contribute to the response to the coronavirus. To ensure we continue to lead in this space, $62 million in existing capital funding through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and MassVentures is available to support recovery and growth.

    Small Business Grant Program Details

    Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) is administering the Small Business Grants program, with $50.8 million available beginning today. Grant awards range between $25,000 – $75,000, and eligibility criteria and applications are available here.

    As part of this grant program, preference is given to small businesses whose owners are women, minorities, veterans, members of other underrepresented groups, or focused on serving the Gateway Cities of Massachusetts, who have been unable to open and those most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Preference is also given to applicants that have not been able to receive aid from other federal programs, including PPP and other relief related to COVID-19.

    The program has two distinct funding “doors” based on business size, with different eligibility criteria, which is available online. Applicants must review the information to determine which program to proceed with applying.

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    Commonwealth of Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission 95 Fourth Street, Suite 3

    Chelsea, MA 02150

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CONTROL COMMISSION ADVISORY REGARDING INDOOR TABLE AND BAR SERVICE

    Local Licensing Authorities are reminded of the mandatory Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Restaurants to Address COVID-19. The text of the updated safety standards may be found HERE.

    All Licensees licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption must provide seated food service, at a table or the bar, with the sale of alcohol. The food must be prepared on-site and under a retail food permit issued by a local licensing authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.00. When taking reservations or seating walk-in customers, Licensees should obtain a phone number from someone in each party to be used in the event contract tracing becomes necessary.

    All Licensees providing indoor table and bar service must comply with the following:

    I.MASKS/FACE COVERINGS

    1. Patrons must wear a mask/face covering at all times when standing or walking inside a licensed premise;
    2. Licensee employees must wear masks/face coverings at all times while working on a licensed premise.

    Exception- Where an individual is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability that individual is not required to wear a mask/face covering.

    II.SOCIAL DISTANCING

    1. Tables must be positioned at least 6 feet from other tables;
    2. The size of a party seated at a table cannot exceed 10 people, however a municipality may set a stricter limit;
    3. Recreational amenities such as pool tables/arcade games may be used provided patrons are not eating or drinking while playing and are wearing masks/face coverings. Licensees may not provide food or drink service in these playing/gaming areas;
    4. In general, Licensees must ensure a separation of 6 feet or more between all individuals (patrons and employees).

    1. All customer-facing employees (servers, bus staff, etc.) must minimize time spent within 6 feet of patrons.
    2. The opening of dance floors is prohibited in any licensed premises until the commencement of Phase IV.

    III.BAR SERVICE

    1. Licensees may allow bar seating provided that either there are no active work areas or working staff behind the bar are at least 6 feet away or there is a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglas) separating customers from the bar space that is at least 30 inches high. A gap/opening at the bottom of the barrier is allowed for food and drink service as long as the gap/opening is no more than 8 inches high;
    2. Parties seated at the bar must be spaced at least 6 feet from other parties.
    3. Patrons being served at the bar must remain seated;

    D.Service to standing patrons is prohibited.

    As always, all Licensees must ensure that they comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that sales of alcoholic beverages take place only as authorized by federal, state, and local law.

    All questions concerning entertainment should be directed to your local licensing authority. Any questions pertaining to public health should be directed to your local health department or the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS). All other questions should be directed to ABCC Executive Director Ralph Sacramone at rsacramone@tre.state.ma.us or (617) 727-3040 ext. 731.

    (Issued October 13, 2020)

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    Jean M. Lorizio, Esq.

    Chairman

     

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission 95 Fourth Street, Suite 3

    Chelsea, MA 02150

     

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CONTROL COMMISSION ADVISORY REGARDING INDOOR EVENTS HELD BY HOTELS AND OTHER ON-PREMISES LICENSEES

     

    Hotels and other on-premises Licensees are reminded of Governor Baker’s Covid-19 Order No. 52- Phase III, Step 2 Order Regulating Gatherings in the Commonwealth which set a limit of 25 people at indoor gatherings/events in a single enclosed space. The text of the Order may be found HERE.

     

    Licensees are reminded that:

    • Until Phase IV commences, all Licensees licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for on- premises consumption must provide seated food service with the sale of alcohol. The food must be prepared on-site and under a retail food permit issued by a local licensing authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.00.
    • In all municipalities, Licensees holding indoor events/gatherings are limited to 25 people in a single enclosed space. Licensee employees working at an indoor event do not count towards the capacity limitations.
    • In addition to the capacity restriction specified above, all participants of indoor events/gatherings at licensed premises must maintain 6 feet of physical distance from every other participant in the gathering except where individuals are members of the same household. An indoor event/gathering violates the Governor’s Covid-19 Order No. 52, no matter the number of participants present if conditions or activities at the gathering are such that it is not reasonably possible for participants to maintain six feet of separation.
    • Self-serve, unattended buffets are prohibited. Buffets may only be used if an employee wearing a mask serves the food from the buffet to a patron wearing a mask. Patrons must be wearing a mask/face covering when approaching the buffet.

    Licensees must remain in compliance with all applicable Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards, including but not limited to those for Restaurants.

    As always, all licensees must ensure that they comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that sales of alcoholic beverages take place only as authorized by federal, state, and local law.

     

    All questions concerning entertainment should be directed to your local licensing authority. Any questions pertaining to public health should be directed to your local health department or the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS). All other questions should be directed to ABCC Executive Director Ralph Sacramone at rsacramone@tre.state.ma.us or (617) 727-3040 ext. 731.

     

    (Issued October 13, 2020)

     

     

     

    Telephone: (617) 727-3040 * Fax: (617) 727-1510 * www.mass.gov/abcc

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  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission 95 Fourth Street, Suite 3

    Chelsea, MA 02150

     

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CONTROL COMMISSION ADVISORY REGARDING INDOOR EVENTS HELD BY HOTELS AND OTHER ON-PREMISES LICENSEES

     

    Hotels and other on-premises Licensees are reminded of Governor Baker’s Covid-19 Order No. 52- Phase III, Step 2 Order Regulating Gatherings in the Commonwealth which set a limit of 25 people at indoor gatherings/events in a single enclosed space. The text of the Order may be found HERE.

     

    Licensees are reminded that:

    Until Phase IV commences, all Licensees licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for on- premises consumption must provide seated food service with the sale of alcohol. The food must be prepared on-site and under a retail food permit issued by a local licensing authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.00.
    In all municipalities, Licensees holding indoor events/gatherings are limited to 25 people in a single enclosed space. Licensee employees working at an indoor event do not count towards the capacity limitations.
    In addition to the capacity restriction specified above, all participants of indoor events/gatherings at licensed premises must maintain 6 feet of physical distance from every other participant in the gathering except where individuals are members of the same household. An indoor event/gathering violates the Governor’s Covid-19 Order No. 52, no matter the number of participants present if conditions or activities at the gathering are such that it is not reasonably possible for participants to maintain six feet of separation.
    Self-serve, unattended buffets are prohibited. Buffets may only be used if an employee wearing a mask serves the food from the buffet to a patron wearing a mask. Patrons must be wearing a mask/face covering when approaching the buffet.

    Licensees must remain in compliance with all applicable Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards, including but not limited to those for Restaurants.

    As always, all licensees must ensure that they comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that sales of alcoholic beverages take place only as authorized by federal, state, and local law.

     

    All questions concerning entertainment should be directed to your local licensing authority. Any questions pertaining to public health should be directed to your local health department or the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS). All other questions should be directed to ABCC Executive Director Ralph Sacramone at rsacramone@tre.state.ma.us or (617) 727-3040 ext. 731.

     

    (Issued October 13, 2020)