FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
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Town of Groveland Receives State Grant for Elm Square
GROVELAND — Finance and Personnel Director Denise Dembkoski is pleased to announce that the Town of Groveland has been awarded a $15,000 Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Technical Assistance Program Award.
The $15,000 grant will fund consulting services to assist the town as it reviews the economic conditions of the Elm Square area and assesses the potential for new business.
Town Planner Rebecca Oldham spearheaded the town’s application for the grant, and will oversee the Elm Square initiative.
“There is a high level of turnover among business owners in the downtown and the Town struggles to have strong public/private partnerships,” Oldham said. “However, we are hopeful that by having the planning documents that this grant will create, the Town will finally have the appropriate tools to forge these relationships and create effective collaboration efforts.”
Oh Thursday, Feb. 7, Dembkoski and Oldham attended an award ceremony at the Topsfield Town Hall at 8 West Common St., Topsfield. The grants were presented by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan. At the ceremony, $300,000 in grant funding was awarded to representatives from 20 communities to pursue downtown initiative projects.
“Rebecca has been eagerly researching and applying for grant opportunities and this type of initiative is paramount in a small town with minimal resources.” Dembkoski said. “In addition to her hard work, Groveland is fortunate to have continued support and outreach from the Baker-Polito administration.”