Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed a Community Compact agreement with Chelsea City Manager Thomas Ambrosino on Thursday afternoon.
“We are excited to announce our new partnership with the City of Chelsea,” said Polito. “The Commonwealth is looking forward to working with local officials to implement their chosen best practices in business continuity and job creation.”
Community Compacts are one tool the administration is utilizing to strengthen the partnership between cities and towns and the Commonwealth. By entering a Community Compact, a community agrees to implement self-selected best practices. As part of this partnership, the Commonwealth agrees to fulfill a set of commitments and works to provide assistance for a community based on their chosen best practice.
Chelsea was the 53rd community to sign onto the Compact with the Baker Administration. There have been 130 applications made and 112 have been approved. The round of funding opened up in May.
Through this Compact, the City of Chelsea pledges to adopt a best practice in business continuity by developing a disaster recovery plan for critical systems as well as a plan to electronically back up and securely store municipal data.
“The continuation of government operations plan will give us the opportunity to have a solid plan in effect should something happen that prohibits us from getting to City Hall,” said Allan Alpert, director of emergency management. “It will help us have a plan for paying bills, doing the payroll and making sure City government continues in the event of some emergency. If all our systems fail, things are done electronically now. Nothing is done on paper. We’ll be able to create a plan if we can’t get to our systems in City Hall or if our systems fail.”
In addition, city officials pledge to promote job creation and retention through an economic development plan which leverages Chelsea’s local strengths and regional assets while promoting entrepreneurship and collaboration with educational institutions.
The Community Compact is a voluntary, mutual agreement entered into between the Baker-Polito Administration and individual cities and towns of the Commonwealth. In a Community Compact, a community will agree to implement a best practice they select from across a variety of areas. The Compact also articulates the commitments the Commonwealth will make on behalf of all communities, including helping the community attain their chosen best practice.