In the 10 years since the Mass­a­chu­setts School Building Authority was cre­ated, the agency has dis­trib­uted $10.5 bil­lion to help build and ren­o­vate hun­dreds of schools to improve the quality of edu­ca­tion around the state, but the funding also has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in cre­ating jobs and gen­er­ating tax rev­enue, a new report shows.

The eco­nomic impact was par­tic­u­larly mean­ingful during the recent down­turn, which hit the con­struc­tion industry hard, according to the report, written by Alan Clayton-​​Matthews and Barry Blue­stone of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Plan­ning. The building authority com­mis­sioned the report to find out what kind of impact its invest­ments have had on the state’s economy.

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