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Massachusetts governor to unveil development plan

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is unveiling a $100 million economic development proposal he says will better train Massachusetts' workers while promoting development and offering job creation incentives.

Patrick says he wants to expand the state's international marketing efforts, eliminate non-competition agreements, revamp the research and development tax credit program, and encourage more high tech companies to hire interns.

Patrick says his plan unveiled Thursday would also invest in the state's older, financially strapped municipalities known as Gateway Cities.

Patrick wants to boost training to help students and workers get jobs in advanced manufacturing and IT, promote market-rate housing in Gateway Cities, and contribute to the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, which cleans old manufacturing properties for re-use.

Patrick would also give communities greater control over the number of liquor licenses by ending statutory limits.

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