Ver­mont Wins Two Grants for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Burling­ton, VT

TheNorth­ern Bor­der Re­gional Com­mis­sion has awarded grants to­tal­ing $373,447 for re­gional de­vel­op­ment projects in Ver­mont, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) an­nounced to­day.

The grants will sup­port the Lamoille Val­ley Rail Trail in Lamoille County and de­velop key re­gional busi­ness clus­ters in the North­east King­dom.

The $249,982 grant for the Lamoille Val­ley Rail Trail will be lever­aged by a $5.2 mil­lion grant San­ders pre­vi­ously se­cured for the con­struc­tion of a 93-mile, four-sea­son, multi-use trail across north­ern Ver­mont.

The $123,465 grant to the North­east King­dom will com­ple­ment the re­cently an­nounced $170 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the Jay Peak Re­sort expected to de­liver 5,000 new jobs to the re­gion.

“These grants match fed­eral in­vest­ments to lo­cal pri­or­i­ties, mov­ing these ideas from plans, into ac­tion,” Leahy said. “They align with key eco­nomic strengths and goals of these com­mu­ni­ties and will help with tourism, re­cre­ation and other community goals.”

“These two grants will help bol­ster ef­forts to pro­mote con­ser­va­tion, tourism and re­cre­ation, which are fun­da­men­tal to the econ­omy of north­ern Ver­mont,” San­ders said.

“These grants will bring fund­ing to two projects that are vi­tal to both Ver­mon­ters and our vis­i­tors,” Welch said. “Projects that build on Ver­mont’s tourism in­dus­try while cre­at­ing jobs and boost­ing lo­cal economies are sim­ply com­mon sense.”

Ver­mont’s del­e­ga­tion was in­flu­en­tial in cre­at­ing the bor­der com­mis­sion, which di­rectly in­vests fed­eral re­sources for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and job cre­ation in eco­nom­i­cally dis­tressed re­gions of north­ern New Hamp­shire, New York, Maine and Ver­mont. Last year, the com­mis­sion awarded nine grants to the four states to­tal­ing $1.45 mil­lion, in­clud­ing $206,690 for projects in Ver­mont.

El­i­gi­ble projects in­clude those that de­velop re­gional in­fra­struc­ture, sup­port job cre­ation and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, pro­mote sus­tain­able land use or de­velop re­new­able en­ergy sources.

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