The City of North Adams was among 23 cities and towns in Massachusetts to receive funding through the Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda grant program. Mayor Tom Bernard and project coordinator Zachary Feury from the North Adams Office of Community Development were in Roxbury Wednesday to hear the news from Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy.

The Urban Agenda Grant Program is focused on promoting economic vitality in urban neighborhoods by fostering partnerships for growth that capitalize on unique local assets and community-driven responses to challenges.

In a release announcing the grant, Mayor Bernard said, “I’m grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for supporting community vitality and economic development in the City of North Adams.This grant will help to strengthen connections between our downtown business and cultural district and nearby residential neighborhoods."

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The city plans to utilize the $75,000 grant to partner with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition on a project that focuses on increasing accessibility and connectivity between the city’s downtown business district and surrounding neighborhoods, including the River Street/Bracewell/UNO area, with the goal of promoting circulation throughout the downtown.