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October 22, 1998

Breaking Ground for Multi-Tenant Facility
Represents New Opportunity for Industry

GLOUCESTER – The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP) praised the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cape Ann Fisheries Development Association for breaking ground and beginning construction of a new multi-tenant stalls building on the Gloucester State Fish Pier.

"This project represents new opportunity for the fishing industry of Cape Ann and all Massachusetts," David Bergeron, MFP Coordinator, said in a press release issued at the event. "This new building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for a number of small to medium companies and will greatly enhance the ability of the Gloucester and Massachusetts fishing industry to compete in a changing market," he said. It will also assist the Gloucester community to preserve the working waterfront that has made Gloucester famous all over the world as a fishing port for almost four centuries.

The MFP acknowledges the commitment of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MDFA) to the project and the fishing industry of the Commonwealth. Without the hard work of the MDFA it is clear that this important development for family owned businesses would not have occurred.

Bergeron said that this project represents the second major economic contribution of the Archdiocese of Boston to the fishing community. Last year the health care wing of the Archdiocese, Caritas Christi, partnered with the MFP and Tufts Health Plan to establish the Fishing Partnership Health Plan (FPHP). The new health plan just received an additional $1 million in federal funding from Congress which will help increase the number of lives covered by the plan beyond the 1300 people already covered. Last year the FPHP was awarded a $2 million federal grant to launch the plan, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts committed $10 million over five years to support the health plan.

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