Joined by MMA members from across the state, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito proclaimed May as Municipal Month in the Commonwealth during an event at the State House today.
Kicking off the event, Polito signed Community Compact agreements with Boston and Wilbraham, joined by Boston Chief of Economic Development John Barros and Wilbraham Selectman Susan Bunnell.
All 351 Massachusetts cities and towns have now signed compacts, agreeing to implement best practices in their community. For its part, the state provides technical assistance.
Through the compact initiative, Polito said, municipalities are implementing 835 best practices in areas such as financial policies, transportation planning, housing production, and municipal human resources.
She said the Community Compact program “unites us and better prepares us.” She and the governor said the personal contact the administration has had with local officials through the program makes a difference.
“This is a program that’s successful because it is locally driven,” Polito said. “It’s born by the people in the community and what they want to work on.
“We need to do more collaboration. We need to share our best practices. There’s innovation happening all around us.”
Local officials who spoke about the Community Compact program at the State House event were Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini, Littleton Town Administrator Keith Bergman, and Andy Myers, chair of the Hilltown Collaborative, which comprises the communities of Russell, Huntington, Montgomery, Blandford, Chester and Middlefield.
MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith said the proclamation of May as Municipal Month is a recognition of the work done by all the cities and towns in Massachusetts, and thanked the administration for investing in communities to build a strong future.
“Leadership requires great partnership. And that’s what we have here in Massachusetts right now with Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito, and the cabinet,” Beckwith said. “It serves as a model for the rest of the country in terms of working together, local government and state government, providing services in real ways that matter every single day.”
To close the event, Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito presented a Municipal Month proclamation to Beckwith and the MMA.