McGovern Votes to Secure Over $21 Million for Community Projects in Central and Western Massachusetts

WASHINGTON–Today, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, voted to finalize $21,376,031 in funding for local projects in Central and Western Massachusetts. McGovern secured the funding for Massachusetts’s 2nd District through the FY2024 appropriations process. It will help support projects throughout the district—from infrastructure and agriculture to the arts and small business.

This legislation will soon be considered by the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden this week.

“A new fire station for Bernardston. A new community center at the Double Edge Theater in Ashfield. A new senior center for Deerfield, Sunderland, and Whately. More space for after-school programing in Leominster. I am so proud to have secured $21 million for our district—but it’s about more than that. It’s about the impact these investments will have on our neighborhoods, and the difference these projects will make in people’s lives,” said McGovern. “I am proud to have fought for funding that will make our communities healthier, safer, and stronger. And I’m so grateful for the partnership of Senators Warren and Markey as we work together to deliver for Massachusetts families.”

Rep. McGovern championed funding for 15 projects that will directly benefit Massachusetts’s 2nd District residents. Complete descriptions of each of McGovern’s requests can be found here. The amounts listed below reflect the actual amount awarded in the consolidated appropriations bill that McGovern voted on today:

  • $1,000,000 for Bernardston Fire Station
  • $500,000 for Center for Urban Farming and Food Security
  • $4,000,000 for Deerfield 1888 Building Town Administrative Office Project
  • $1,000,000 for Double Edge Theatre Community Center
  • $1,000,000 for Goshen Highway Facility
  • $850,000 for Greendale Revitalization Initiative
  • $1,000,000 for Hilltown CDC Food Hub
  • $500,000 for Innovation Entrepreneurship Community Engagement Center at Clark University
  • $750,000 for Leominster East Side Community Center
  • $2,000,000 for Mill Street Planning and Design in Worcester
  • $1,616,279 for Oriol Drive Permanent Supportive Housing
  • $5,000,000 for a MetroWest YMCA Regional Early Learning Center
  • $959,752 for Town of Uxbridge for Elevated Water Storage Tank and Booster Pumping Station Replacement
  • $500,000 for UMass Amherst Water and Energy Technology Center (WET Center)
  • $700,000 for YMCA of Central Massachusetts Greendale Airnasium

House Democrats were also successful in removing harmful extreme House Republican policies from these bills that attempted to ban abortion nationwide, slash efforts to fight climate change, and threaten our national security. Instead, the final bipartisan FY2024 funding bills will help keep our communities safe, fight inflation, and boost our economy. Taken together, the funding for Massachusetts’s 2nd District and the funding increases for critical government programs will continue to grow our local economy and support our communities. A detailed summary of the appropriations bill is available here.