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LRTA PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Notice of parking garages closing effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Gallagher I and Gallagher II parking garages located at the Gallagher Terminal, Thorndike Street in Lowell will be closed due to the construction of a new parking garage, effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The Rourke parking garage on Chelmsford St. will remain open.

The Rourke Garage located on Chelmsford St. at the the intersection of Westford Street, will be the only entrance open for pre-assigned monthly passholders and daily parkers. There will be a limited amount of spaces for the daily parkers and this parking will be on a first come/first serve basis.

The LRTA anticipates that there will be ample spaces for evening and weekend parking at the Rourke parking garage.

ALSO REMAINING OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
The Gallagher Terminal Lobby (Thorndike St)
The drop-off and pick-up area at the Gallagher Terminal (Thorndike St)
The LRTA bus hub at the Kennedy Center (Thorndike St)

The LRTA thanks you for your patience

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this major construction of a new garage at the Gallagher Terminal.

Please feel free to the LRTA at 978-459-0164 if you have any questions.

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Farewell Public Reception in honor of City Manager Bernard F. Lynch

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The Lowell Sun has recently conducted an interview with the City of Lowell’s Data Management Analyst, Conor Baldwin and brings good news about the programs in Lowell.  The interview goes on to speak about the achievements Baldwin and Rodney Conley have had since Baldwin took his new position as a data management analyst.  Conley, who is the junior data management analyst for the City of Lowell, has become a great asset for Baldwin.

The article titled “Driving City Decisions with LowellSTAT” by Sun staff reporter Lyle Moran, goes on to promote the success of programs such as the LowellSTAT, Numbers 4 Neighborhoods, and SeeClixFix.

Read more at http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_25140581/driving-city-decisions-lowellstat to see the full interview with Baldwin.

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Holiday Schedule

Just as a heads up for the City of Lowell.

Our offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, 2014. Therefore the date for pick up of ALL RESIDENTIAL CURBSIDE trash/recycling routes are ‘bumped’ by one day.

** Friday collections will be done on Saturday 1/25

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Theresa Park
Title: Director of Economic Development
Phone: 978-446-7200
Email: tpark@lowellma.gov

Open Doors to Federal and State Government Contracting

Lowell, MA, January 9, 2014 — The City of Lowell, through the Department of Planning and Development’s Economic Development Office, is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer a workshop on “Open Doors to Federal and State Government Contracting.”

The workshop, to be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, will cover how businesses can better position themselves to access government contracting opportunities, a $500 billion market, by obtaining certification as a small business, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small business, or a veteran and service disabled business. In addition, other relevant topics will include the 8(a) Business Development Program and the HUBZone Program. Speakers from the U.S. SBA and the State’s Supplier Diversity Office include Pauline Swanson, SBA’s Business Opportunity Specialist, Lisa Gonzalez Welch, SBA’s Economic Development Specialist, and Bonnie Hayman, Outreach Coordinator for Massachusetts’ Supplier Diversity Office.

“The U.S. Government is the world’s largest customer, and they routinely do business with small businesses,” said Bernie Lynch, Lowell City Manager. “And we’d like to open up these opportunities to the many capable local businesses in the City of Lowell. The workshop will demystify the process by which small businesses can position themselves for government contracts.” The workshop will also avail information on how small businesses can also tap into the City of Lowell’s procurement pipeline.

The procurement workshop will be held at Middlesex Community College Morse Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell. For additional information including registration for the workshop, go to http://www.mktix.com/colow or call/email us at (978) 674-1437 or efindlen@lowellma.gov. Parking is available in the Davidson Lot and snow date is set for January 29th.

About The City of Lowell

A crossroad of commerce and creativity, the City of Lowell is a diverse urban environment. Named one of the best places to live by Boston Magazine, the City is characterized by its established arts community, distinct residences and commercial vitality. The fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lowell is home to an eclectic mix of cultural attractions and events including the Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Tsongas Arena. A leader in urban redevelopment, Lowell offers a variety of residential and commercial space from renovated mills to modern high-rises. Strategically located at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3, Lowell has established itself as a leading business and entertainment destination throughout Massachusetts and Greater New England.
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City of Lowell, MA Recognized with the Kenneth E. Pickard Award for Regional Economic Development by the Massachusetts Municipal Association

City Manager, Bernie Lynch, announces that the City of Lowell has been chosen by the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) to receive the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award along with the Towns of Bedford, Billerica, Burlington and Chelmsford.
The City of Lowell has been recognized for this award as part of the Middlesex 3 Coalition as an example of an exceptional Regional Economic Development Public/Private Partnership.
In receiving this award, the City of Lowell and other regional members of the Middlesex 3 Coalition have demonstrated their dedication, commitment and ability to increase the effectiveness of local government by successfully implementing a unique and creative program.
The Middlesex 3 Coalition is a regional partnership consisting of five Middlesex County Communities that surround the Route 3 corridor. The coalition communities seek to foster economic development as well as create job growth and retention. Additionally, diversification of the tax base and enhancement of quality of life are major goals of the Middlesex 3 Coalition. Members include stakeholders in local government, business, finance, education and development who have combined resources to promote the competitive advantages of the region and advance the economic vitality of the corridor. Lowell will continue to work with other surrounding communities to offer opportunities for residents, students and businesses and is committed to promoting strong economic leadership and innovation.

For more information, please visit http://www.middlesex3.com/

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130909 Public mtg notice

A public meeting will be held in the Mayor’s Reception Room (at City Hall) on September 17th, starting at 6:00, to present and discuss the 25% designs of the restoration of two-way traffic patterns in downtown. The City’s consulting engineers from Nelson Nygaard and TEC will make a presentation on restoring two-way traffic flow on Merrimack, Market, Central, and Shattuck Streets as well as the extensive traffic analysis they have conducted during their feasibility study.

The City is keenly interested in hearing from Downtown stakeholders to help refine and improve the design, prior to bidding this winter and construction following in the spring/summer of 2014.

Please contact Traffic Engineer Eric Eby with any questions (including special accomodations) about this meeting at (978)674-4252 or eeby@lowellma.gov

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The City of Lowell has an open seat on the Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission is responsible for overseeing the protection of wetlands, riverbanks, and wildlife as defined by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and City Wetlands Ordinance (Ch. 280, Sec. 1-13). Projects either directly in a resource area (ex. Floodplain) or within a certain distance of a resource area (ex. within 100 feet of wetlands) can be subject to Commission review. The level of review from the Commission generally varies upon the size and scale of the proposed project, as well as the affected resource area.

If you would like to volunteer to contribute to how your City looks and operates, please consider serving your City on the Conservation Commission.

Contact Lynda Clark at (978) 674-1001 or lclark@lowellma.gov for further details.

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The job fair is sponsored by the Career Center of Lowell and ValleyWorks Career Center and will take place at LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners, Tuesday, August 27, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 450 Aiken Street, Lowell.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with employers on the ball field. Over 40 businesses will be on hand to discuss job openings. Job seekers can bring resumes and meet directly with employers.

Free shuttle service available from the Career Center of Lowell, 107 Merrimack Street, every half hour starting at 9:30 AM.

More information including a list of employers and job openings is available at: www.careercenteroflowell.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT:
August2,2013 Press Office (617) 727-2543

AG COAKLEY TO AWARD $1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO REVITALIZE DISTRESSED PROPERTIES
21 Municipalities to Receive Grant Funding; Program in Partnership with Registries of Deeds
BOSTON – To encourage the rehabilitation of distressed properties, Attorney General Martha Coakley has awarded $1 million in grants to a total of 21 communities across the Commonwealth.
In May, AG Coakley announced the Distressed Properties Identification and Revitalization (DPIR Grant) program in collaboration with registries of deeds across the Commonwealth after recovering funds from a multi-state settlement over unlawful foreclosure methods. The DPIR Grant was created to mitigate the impacts of the foreclosure crisis by identifying distressed and vacant bank or creditor Real Estate Owned properties (REO) in order for municipalities to advocate for prompt rehabilitation. So far this year, there are more than 5,300 distressed properties in the DPIR-funded municipalities.
“Many Massachusetts municipalities have high rates of distressed and vacant properties and we are pleased to bring this direct relief through our grant program,” AG Coakley said. “These funds will help a wide range of communities who have suffered from foreclosure crisis, by effectively identifying these properties and encouraging productive rehabilitation.”

“The DPIR program, spearheaded by the AG’s Office, is a valuable tool which will aid communities in the recovery from the recent foreclosure crisis,” said Bristol County Northern District Register of Deeds Barry Amaral, President of the Massachusetts Register of Deeds Association. “Registers of Deeds from across the Commonwealth are eager to work in partnership with the Attorney General’s Office to do our part in helping our cities and towns.”

“This is another example of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office partnering with local organizations to address a layer of the foreclosure crisis,” said Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell, Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Massachusetts Register of Deeds Association. “These grants will turn unproductive properties into a productive part of our communities.”

Recipients include the municipalities of Adams, Ashburnham, Athol, Barnstable, Brockton, Chicopee, Fall River, Fitchburg, Greenfield, Haverhill, Holyoke, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, Montague, New Bedford, North Adams, Orange, Springfield, and Winchendon.

The goal of DPIR Grant program is to not only identify and prioritize a list of REO properties in eligible municipalities, but to ensure that the property owners comply with all state and local ordinances to bring properties into a state of good repair.

The selected municipalities are tasked with working with the appropriate registers of deeds and municipal departments to identify and prioritize properties, followed by creating strategies to engage with property owners and advocate for proper rehabilitation and returning the properties to productive residential use. If further enforcement is needed, the properties identified can also be referred to AG Coakley’s Abandoned Housing Initiative (AHI).

Applications were requested from municipalities, either individually or jointly, to work in collaboration with the appropriate register(s) of deeds to research ownership of post-foreclosure, distressed, and vacant REO properties.

More information can be found at the Attorney General’s website.
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