Pittsfield, Alford Receives Shared Winter Streets Funds

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BOSTON — The Department of Transportation awarded Pittsfield and Alford funds from the Shared Winter Streets and Spaces program.
Pittsfield received $162,880.82 to create two quick-installation parklets to be available to local businesses and restaurants and buffered bike lanes on both sides of the street along a 0.7 mile long corridor.
Alford received $24,002 to construct the Seekonk Brook Wetlands Trail Project, an off-road, ADA-compliant 500-foot walking trail on the southern portion of the Parsonage, a Town-owned historic property.
36 municipalities in the Commonwealth received funding totaling $5,318,845.57. This is the fifth round of funding from the program.
The program aims to provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design, and implement tactical changes to curbs, streets, and parking areas in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce, with a special focus on the challenges of winter.
Of the awarded municipalities, 50 percent are designated Environmental Justice communities and 18 percent are considered high-risk for COVID-19 infections. A total of 58 percent have never received a Shared Streets and Spaces award before.
Grants can be as small as $5,000 and as large as $500,000.

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Keva Health Wins COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — On Friday, April 9th, 2021, a panel of  judges declared Keva Health of Lexington the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, a competition focused on entrepreneurs and startups working on innovative solutions to enhance resiliency and guard against potential future disruptions in industries like ecommerce, manufacturing, digital health, FinTech, and EdTech.
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