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Governor Deval Patrick announced Tuesday a plan to produce 10,000 multi-family housing units a year in an effort to keep young, educated professionals in the Bay State.

The program, called Compact Neighborhoods, is meant to “encourage and create” housing near jobs, transit stops, and city and village centers, according to state officials.

Patrick introduced the initiative at a Worcester-based meeting Tuesday called “Under One Roof,” sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

“Access to housing for our middle-and moderate-income families is an important component in the Commonwealth’s continued growth to retain and build our young and innovative workforce,” he said in a prepared statement. “By working to strengthen and expand our current initiatives and through greater collaboration with organizations and agencies across the Commonwealth, we aim to produce 10,000 multi-family housing units annually. This will further support our state’s continued growth and economic competitiveness for generations to come.”


Jenifer B. McKim can be reached at jmckim@globe.com.