FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 5, 2017

Contact: Catherine Welker: cwelker@hcg-ma.org, (413)-584-1300 x122

HCG is pleased to announce that the historic Hampshire County Courthouse is set to receive $1.3 million in capital funding for critical repairs. The building is owned and occupied by HCG. The Baker-Polito administration today declared the release of The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) funds to HCG.

“The old Courthouse is a cornerstone of downtown Northampton,” says Mayor David Narkewicz. “This funding will ensure that the people of Massachusetts will fully benefit from this important landmark for many years to come. We are pleased to partner with HCG and the state on this vital restoration effort.”

In 2015, DCAMM released $500,000 for safety repairs to the building’s steps and roof. Northampton and Hatfield Community Preservation committees have played an integral role in the plans for this phase of renovation, and have contributed an additional $110,000 to the building restoration. Area banks have pledged $38,000, the Massachusetts Historical Commission has added $60,000, and the Hampshire Foundation Buy a Brick provided $8,800 from local residents and businesses.

“The old courthouse is a shared resource and we thank the entire community for coming together to save this iconic structure,” says Todd Ford, executive director, HCG. “We look forward to the restoration and we are one step closer to the building shining like a jewel once more.”

“We are pleased to work closely with Senator Rosenberg, Representative Kocot, and the local delegation, along with HCG to provide this important funding to improve safety at this historic building,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “Our administration has made it a priority to protect and maintain the Commonwealth’s existing assets, and these critical repairs will help preserve this building for future generations.”

HCG would like to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary Heffernan, Commissioner Gladstone, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Senator Eric Lesser, and State Representatives Peter Kocot, Stephen Kulik, Solomon Goldstein Rose, John Scibak, Todd Smola, and Suzanna Whipps for their continued support for upkeep to this historic landmark.

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HCG supports communities by empowering local, sustainable and efficient economies. The organization helps cities and towns, schools, nonprofits and businesses get the most value by pooling their buying power. HCG’s Hampshire Power provides electricity services, including green and locally produced electricity. The HCG Purchasing Co-op makes it easy for towns, cities, schools and nonprofits to save money, time and effort on major and everyday purchases. And HCG supports communities with its own, uniquely effective service organizations: RSVP and Tobacco Free Community Partnership. Every cent HCG earns goes back to supporting the communities of Western Massachusetts. HCG is funded by its own revenue.