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Boston (January 20, 2023) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06) and Lori Trahan (MA-03) today touted their successful efforts to secure more than $27 million in federal funding in the end-of-year omnibus spending package for 17 community-based projects across the North Shore and Merrimack Valley.

“I am proud to have worked with Senator Warren and Representatives Moulton and Trahan to ensure these community-led projects along the North Shore and Merrimack Valley have the federal funding they need to expand public transit access to the area’s workforce centers, invest in the future of our commercial fishing and seafood industry, ensure coastal communities are made more resilient against extreme weather, and so much more,” said Senator Markey. 

“I fought hard with Representatives Moulton and Trahan and Senator Markey for federal funding for the Commonwealth, and I am glad that more than $27 million will help support seven projects across the North Shore and Merrimack Valley,” said Senator Warren. “From public health, to workforce development, to protecting and preserving the future of our fishing and seafood industry – the impact of these grants demonstrates the importance of my continued fight for the federal government to be a strong partner for the Commonwealth.”

“I'm thrilled to have secured funding for so many important projects across the 6th District. This money will increase mobility, help our fishing industries create a more sustainable future, and expand access to healthcare. Despite the political gridlock in Washington, investments like these reaffirm what this work is all about: putting people over politics and helping communities thrive. I look forward to seeing these projects — and many others across the North Shore — get underway this year. I'm grateful for the partnership of Senators Warren and Markey and Congresswoman Trahan,” said Congressman Moulton.

“Delivering for our state and our communities has always been my top priority in Congress. I’m proud of all that the Massachusetts delegation has achieved together in securing funding that will make the Commonwealth an even better place to call home,” said Congresswoman Trahan. “From upgrading our beloved parks to investing in child care, these federal funds will make a real difference in the lives of Merrimack Valley families.”

The North Shore and Merrimack Valley are home to 17 projects that have received funding in the FY23 spending package, including:

  • $2,300,000 to propel the City of Salem’s expansion of the Salem Skipper, an on-demand mobility service, to extend service to the City of Peabody, the Town of Danvers, and key workforce centers on the North Shore, including Essex Tech, North Shore Community College, and Cherry Hill Industrial Park, which currently lack access to public transportation.
  • $1,991,000 for the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Development Program to connect the Massachusetts commercial fishing industry and seafood industry with energy efficiency and renewable technology experts who can improve their harvest, processing, and seafood sales, as well as reduce their emissions and carbon pollution.
  • $500,000 for the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea to research and develop new methods and tools that prevent and manage dramatic weather events along the coastline due to climate change.
  • $1,000,000 for the Lynn Community Health Center Pharmacy to renovate and staff a pharmacy to improve patient care and expand access to low-cost and affordable prescription medications, especially for those uninsured, underinsured, and/or low-income.
  • $700,000 for the City of Haverhill to repair and promote the Winnekenni Recreation Area—a city-owned conservation area home to the historic Winnekenni Castle—as an economic and cultural destination for residents and visitors.
  • $1,000,000 for the River Hawks Scholars Academy at UMass Lowell to extend its career pathway program to second-year students that includes one-on-one coaching, mentoring, leadership development, and other opportunity programs.
  • $1,397,000 for United Way of Massachusetts & Merrimack Valley to expand its Shared Services MA program to meet the economic needs of family childcare educators and families, and Family Child Care businesses, as well as provide developmental support for children.
  • $2,000,000 for the City of Gloucester to upgrade its Water Pollution Control Facility that supports the public health and safety of residents.
  • $1,500,000 for the Town of North Reading to construct a wastewater collection system that supports the commercial corridor along Main Street through the redirection of untreated, discharged wastewater from the ground to a wastewater treatment plant.
  • $2,000,000 for the Town of Reading to mitigate the impact of storm water on the Aberjona River to reduce inland flooding upstream and conserve space for the community.
  • $2,300,000 for Acquisition of Property for the Revitalization of Cliftondale Square Business District to revamp a longstanding commercial district central to supporting local businesses in the heart of Saugus.
  • $3,000,000 for Community Teamwork, Inc., to provide emergency housing for Lowell families through the Commonwealth’s Emergency Assistance Family Shelter Program.
  • $3,000,000 for Cawley Stadium to renovate its stadium grandstands and locker rooms in support of restoring the 68-acre Martin Athletic Complex.
  • $2,116,000 for Lawrence Community Works, Inc., to complete the transformational redevelopment of Lawrence’s East Island neighborhood from neglected post-industrial wasteland to vibrant mixed-use community.
  • $1,500,000 for Town of Dracut to support the Town’s plan to cap its landfill to enable the site to be reutilized.
  • $1,000,000 for Lawrence General Hospital to modernize the hospital’s imaging equipment in its Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory to improve efforts to diagnose and treat heart conditions.
  • $505,813 for Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. to support the Lowell Ending Trafficking of Youth (LET YOUTH) project that provides comprehensive services to address the needs for safety, security, and healing for child survivors of human trafficking in the Greater Lowell area.