Business View Civil and Municipal | May 2021

122 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL MAY 2021 introduced a program called PACE, which stands for Properly Assessed Clean Energy. The program provides financing for existing business owners who want to make their buildings energy efficient. Designated a scenic and wild river by the National Park Service, the Taunton River has recently seen some care and attention following the removal of a contaminated 54,000 square foot mill building. The city was able to complete this project with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Roth explains, “We have turned the area into a Riverwalk park and a boat ramp. It is one of the first true public access points to this newly- designated river, and one of our crown jewels. It was finished about four years ago, but it took seven years to secure the funding, remove the mill, and partner with the EPA.” The City of Taunton is a diverse community, rich with history, and perfectly positioned for growth in Southeastern Massachusetts. Mayor O’Connell sums it up well: “Taunton has always been a desirable destination because of our great location, our affordability, resources, entertainment, and recreation. As we work toward implementing our Master Plan, we will continue to revitalize our downtown and our neighborhoods with business development, housing, and recreation. And we will continue to improve our municipal operation, so we have a 21st-century government that provides superior service to all our residents. The City of Taunton is a great place to live and work, and the improvements and updates we have planned will ensure that we continue to be an appealing and welcoming home for businesses and residents.” PREFERRED VENDORS/PARTNERS n Taunton Development Corporation The Business Park at Myles Standish constitutes the final phase of the 220 acre Taunton Development/ MassDevelopment MSIP expansion project offering ready to go building lots located on I-495 between I-95 and Route 24. Currently 116 manufacturing, distribution, and service companies in MSIP enjoy full City services including dark fiber optic. n Bristol Community College n Justice Resource Institute