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Joyce: State Infrastructure Grant Applications Now Accepted Online

Training sessions planned for August.

Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and state (D-Milton) say local officials can apply for MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants online.

The change will simplify the application process for communities seeking funding for projects that support housing, community development and job creation across the Commonwealth, Joyce said in a press release Friday.

HED will host seven online “Lunch and Learns” tutorial sessions this month to prepare officials to complete and submit applications for the upcoming Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 funding period, Joyce said.

The sessions are: Thursday, Aug. 11; Friday, Aug. 12; Tuesday, Aug. 16; Thursday, Aug. 18;  Monday, Aug. 22; Wednesday, Aug. 24; and Friday, Aug. 26. More information is found at www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.

Also, Joyce voted last week to pass landmark court reorganization legislation aimed at improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the state’s court system and restoring public trust at the Department of Probation.

Joyce was on the six-member conference committee that helped draft the compromise bill.

The bill establishes a civilian court administrator to run the general administration of the Trial Court and brings transparency to hiring and promotion practices at the Department of Probation.

The bill now goes to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature.

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