SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Baker and city officials held a news conference, promoting the Administration’s FORWARD legislation and the effect it would have on infrastructure in the area.

The Governor joined Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at the Overland Lofts on Chestnut Street.

The FORWARD Bill stands for an act investing in future opportunities for resiliency, workforce, and revitalizing downtowns. It would allocate Federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to projects to help cities recover from the pandemic.

The idea would be to invest in clean energy projects as well as parks, housing and infrastructure. At Tuesday’s event in Springfield, Governor Baker said this would go towards water infrastructure in the city,
as well as the Housing Development Incentive Program, that provides cities like Springfield to develop market rate housing.

“Several of them are water projects. The HDIP program would be sort of a bid up but we’ve already heard from a number of folks in Springfield about particular sites they would like to pursue that project on,” said Baker.

The Baker Administration said funding will come from over $1.25 billion in capital bond authorizations and $2.3 billion would come from the American Rescue Plan funds from the federal government.