Plainville, Wrentham, Foxboro and Mansfield Get Mitigation Funding from Plainridge | Local News


PLAINVILLE — Funds from the state’s gaming industry will help promote area communities as tourist and shopping destinations.

The state game Commission this week announced it was awarding $136,000 to market Plainville, Wrentham and Foxboro and generate increased economic activity in towns near the Plainridge Park Casino on Route 1.

This is the latest of several awards given out by the commission to promote tourism in the area surrounding the casino, as well as Gillette Stadium and the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.

A total of four communities in the area will benefit from a series of grants, part of the annual allocation of so-called “mitigation funds” to help local governments that incur expenses by having a casino nearby.

Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield and Foxboro will receive a total of $414,000 for police training and traffic control as well as the regional marketing campaign.

Since 2015, the commission has awarded approximately $37.7 million in Community Mitigation Fund grants to communities and groups across the state. Grants support education, transportation, infrastructure, housing, environmental issues, public safety and emergency services. This year’s awards total $10.7 million to 34 cities, towns and organizations.

At the local level, in addition to marketing, funding will include:

  • $142,200 to the Plainville police to cover training costs on fair and impartial policing, human dynamics, and conflict resolution and de-escalation.
  • $71,400 to Foxboro Police to continue training officers in high-responsibility areas to improve public safety and mitigate casino impact areas.
  • $64,500 to Mansfield for traffic enforcement and education equipment to deal with the increased traffic volume on Route 106 since Plainridge Park opened.

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