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A state economic development board on Tuesday awarded more than $31 million in state and local tax breaks to companies for 17 projects.

The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved $10 million in state tax credits for 10 firms, including $3.3 million to defense contractor General Dynamics Corp., $3 million to retailing giant TJX Cos., and $1.7 million to Saint-Gobain SA, a French building materials company.

The council also approved $21 million in local property tax breaks negotiated with cities and towns, including nearly $18 million for TJX. TJX, which operates the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls chains, pledged to create 300 jobs and invest $264 million to expand in Framingham, where the company is based, and Marlborough, where it has agreed to buy buildings vacated by Fidelity Investments.

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General Dynamics plans to create 100 full-time jobs and retain more than 1,100 as part of an $18 million upgrade of its Pittsfield manufacturing plant.

Saint-Gobain, which has about 2,000 employees in Massachusetts, plans to use nearly half of bankrupt Evergreen Solar’s old plant in Devens to make a component of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. The firm plans to create 90 full-time jobs and invest $31 million in the facility.


Todd Wallack can be reached at twallack@globe.com.