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Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) recently announced three grants for MA3 communities totaling $1,532,356.
The first grants come in the amount of $70K and are awarded to the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, under the direction of Karen Conard. The organization’s work has established economic development planning and strategies that support capital investment and job creation in the district. This award comes from the Economic Development Administration.
The second grant comes in the amount of $120K and is awarded to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. This is in support of a research project titled ‘Development of Test Methods and Benchmarks for Industrial Robot Systems,’ overseen by Susan Puryear. The provider of this grant is the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Lastly, Trahan announced a grant from the Administration for Children and Families at the Office of Head Start in the amount of $1,342,356. This is for a program that will support the vital Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships under the direction of Deborah Linett in Haverhill.
Background: This EDA planning investment supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, which comprises the cities and towns of Essex County, including Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.