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PRESS RELEASE: City Projects briefing and Enforcement Plans

Posted on September 19, 2022


Holyoke Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, along with Planning & Economic Development Director Aaron Vega, will provide an update on projects and plans for the City of Holyoke on Wednesday September 21, at 1 p.m. in the Mayor’s Office at Holyoke City Hall.

“The Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) has been busy,” Director Vega said. “The whole team is working hard and ready to report. Instead of a bunch of press releases, the Mayor and I decided to provide an update directly to the press and community on a number of great initiatives we’re working on.”

In addition to focusing on the internal systems within city government, Mayor Garcia will speak on the upcoming paving of High Street, the next round of ARPA funding and his recent formation of a Flex Squad to address urban blight. 

The mayor is focused on eliminating illegal dumping and litter in the city. His team is working with OPED and meeting with property managers and the manufacturing sector to encourage growth while maintaining clean and attractive properties.

“We all want a safe, clean and vibrant city” Mayor Garcia said. “Everyone has a role in making this happen: manufacturers, businesses, developers and residents are all part of the solution. City government alone can’t make it happen — this is an ‘all hands on deck’ challenge.”

Garcia and Vega will provide an update on a number of initiatives and projects as well as introduce new staff in the OPED.

The following will be among the topics addressed: tourism, OPED’s Rapid Recovery Plan, the Neighborhood HUB program and Developers Tool Kit, Flex Squad projects, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, housing rehab and economic development loan programs, the Adopt an Island program and the Cannabis Impact Fund.

For more information: Mayor’s Office, 413-561-1600.

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