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CEDS 2015 Annual Report Released

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2015 Annual Report has been released and is available on our Reports page.

Study Released on Plymouth's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

A study by the Center for Economic Development (CED) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst examining the impacts of a plant closure and decommissioning. The report can be downloaded here.

Draft Documents Available for Public Review Period

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is releasing the following documents for a 30-day public review and comment period. The public is invited to review and provide comments. The documents are:

Please send written comments to:
Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)
70 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Attention: Charles Kilmer

Environmental Notification for the Proposed Brockton Gaming Establishment

The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the Proposed Category 1 Gaming Establishment in Brockton is now available for review and public comment. Project documents are located below for your review. Comments are due to the MEPA Office by June 30, 2015. The documents can be viewed or downloaded below:

Please note that a MEPA Site Visit and Scoping Session for the project will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015 at The Shaw's Center at 1 Feinberg Way in Brockton. The Site Visit will occur at 4:30 P.M. and the Scoping Session at 6:00 P.M.

The MEPA staff contact for the project is Page Czepiga (617) 626-1021 and the project contact is Stephen Martorano at Bohler Engineering, (617) 849-8040.

If you should have questions for the Old Colony Planning Council, please contact Community Planner Eric Arbeene at (508) 583-1833 x213 or at earbeene@ocpcrpa.org

Additional Funding Available for Hazard Mitigation Grants

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are pleased to announce the availability of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDM) Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program funding. The HMGP is a post-disaster mitigation grant funding and has been made available statewide as a result of the federal disaster declaration for the January 2015 Severe Winter Storm. For more information, visit our Grants page.

TIP Amendment Notice of Public Review and Comment Period

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released Amendment 4 to the FFY 2015-2018 Old Colony Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for a 30-day public review and comment period. The public is invited to review this Amendment and provide comments. A public meeting of the OCPC and Old Colony MPO advisory committee, the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC), is scheduled for June 11, 2015 at 12 PM. Furthermore, a public meeting of the Old Colony MPO is scheduled for June 25, 2015 at 10 AM. Please contact Charles Kilmer at 508-583-1833 Extension 206 for more information.

Please send written comments to:
Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)
70 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Attention: Charles Kilmer

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Presentation to Region C Communities

OCPC Annual Meeting on May 28th

Please join us in celebrating the Old Colony Planning Council's 48th Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at The Villa (Ridder Country Club) in East Bridgewater. The guest speaker will be Dr. John R. Mullin, Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Mullin will present the results of a recent study: What are the Potential Socio-Economic Impacts on the Region from Closing or Decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant?

OCPC Area Agency on Aging now accepting Pre-Applications for Older Americans Act Title III Funding

OCPC AAA is now accepting pre-applications for the provision of elder services for Federal Fiscal Years 2016 & 2017. (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2017). The priority service categories for this two-year funding cycle are:

* = total annual service category funding available for entire region, minimum service provision requirements apply.

Interested parties must submit a pre-application to the OCPC-AAA by 4:00 p.m., May 12, 2015. The pre-application guidelines can be downloaded here, and the pre-application can be accessed here. Agencies with suitable pre-applications will be required to submit a full proposal packet. Contracts will be awarded for one year with the option of the second year contingent upon program performance, existing need for service, and funding availability. For more information, contact AAA Administrator Patrick Hamilton at phamilton@ocpcrpa.org or 508-583-1833 extension 204.

Older Driver Safety Summit at UMass Boston

You are invited to attend the Older Driver Safety Summit at UMass Boston, on June 16, 2015. Older driver-related crashes account for more than 12 percent of all fatalities and more than 20 percent of all crash-related hospital stays in Massachusetts. This event is a call to action, designed to develop a comprehensive blueprint to reduce crashes involving older drivers across the Commonwealth over the next five years. The summit will address issues surrounding older driver mobility, including infrastructure improvements, vehicle design innovations, policy, education for older road users and the public, transportation options for older adults, insurance and liability concerns, and medically impaired drivers. For more information, view the event flyer or visit the event website.

2015 District Local Technical Assistance Announced

OCPC is pleased to announce that funding for District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) for 2015 is now available! For more information or to submit an application, click here.

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