The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, the Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation received approval for status as a Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) for Fiscal Year 2012, Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) announced today.
The new partnership will be identified as the South Shore/Canal Regional Economic Development District which covers 11 communities on the South Shore and will receive a $75,000 grant as part of the application approval to support their mission of helping local businesses locate and expand on South Shore and Cape Cod.
“A lot of hard work went into securing this status and this is great news for my district,” Murray said. “Our local and regional chambers of commerce, tourism councils and economic development agencies know their communities better than their counterparts at the state level and they are very successful advocates for the needs of local businesses. Our towns rely on these organizations to help grow our economy and add new jobs in our Commonwealth and this partnership will support the great work that they already do.”
“Small businesses are the heart of our communities and it is our priority to employ our residents and bring money into our local economies,” Denis Hanks, executive director of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “This partnership will further support our regionally-based efforts to grow and retain existing business and attract new business to the South Shore and Cape Cod, and I want to thank Senate President Murray and Representatives Calter and deMacedo for their help and support.”
“As a Regional Economic Development Organization, we will be able to provide an even stronger focus on regional development and assisting our small businesses,” Marie Oliva, president and CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, said. “This will open many new doors for us and allow us to serve as the driving force behind local economic growth in our communities. Thank you to Senate President Murray for continuing to support the Chambers of Commerce in the Plymouth and Barnstable District.”
The purpose of the REDO Program is to support regional economic development organizations whose activities significantly strengthen regional economies. This partnership with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and regional economic development organizations in the Commonwealth supports regionally-based efforts to grow and retain existing businesses, attract new businesses, and provide an efficient and consistent response to businesses seeking assistance.