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From today's Boston Globe.

Governor Deval Patrick will spend up to $200 million in state funds this year to get 50 building projects around Massachusetts off the ground, hoping the money will lead to thousands of jobs for the moribund construction sector and significant additional economic activity.

The money, a mix of already budgeted and new funding, will support construction of hundreds of new homes, stores, and offices.

Among the projects are a 17-acre shopping complex in New Bedford, a new medical office building in Hingham for South Shore Hospital, and an expansion of offices at MathWorks, a Natick software maker.

Patrick??s chief economic development aide, Gregory Bialecki, predicted the government aid will result in an additional $1 billion in spending by private developers.

A map and short list of projects that have already gotten underway are available at the website for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

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