Vermont Business Magazine U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) along with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) and Governor Phil Scott, and the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC ), announced Wednesday that 14 communities in Vermont will receive a total of $5.8 million from NBRC’s state economic development and infrastructure program.
Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has long been an advocate for NBRC funding, securing funding increases in each of the past five fiscal years. NBRC supports economic development in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Maine.
Leahy said, “This current round of grants will once again provide federal dollars to help address real issues, including the need for housing and child care. These funds will build infrastructure to support future development, as well as workforce development and training. This series of grants is an investment in our present and our future.
Sanders said, “It’s no secret that these are tough times. That’s why it’s especially important today to invest in our communities and ensure that Vermonters receive the resources they need. This federal funding – the largest investment ever made in community projects – will do just that. It will, among other things, expand health centres, create affordable housing, improve public lands and outdoor recreational trails, provide job training in critical areas such as community education, early childhood and health care, and to increase the capacity of child care centres. Quite simply, it will improve the lives of Vermonters across our state, which is precisely what the federal government should be doing. »
Welch said, “From renovating a beloved community health center in Wells River to revitalizing local infrastructure in Winooski, this series of state economic development and infrastructure awards invests in our communities in a record level. I am pleased to have played a role in securing this essential funding with Senators Leahy and Sanders during the appropriations process. And I am grateful to the staff of the Northern Boundary Regional Commission for their leadership and to the people of Vermont who are spearheading these important projects. Together, we can continue to work to expand economic opportunity, improve local infrastructure, and build healthier communities across Vermont.
Scott said, “Vermont’s 2022 list includes investments in 11 counties, the most geographically diverse lineup in years. These awards deploy millions to support economic and infrastructural development, which are priorities for my administration. We look forward to the transformational impacts these investments will bring in the years to come, and I thank Senator Leahy and our entire congressional delegation for their advocacy in Washington.
“This year’s State Economic and Infrastructure Development Awards builds on our region’s natural assets by investing a record $24.2 million in community projects across the Commission’s four states. With investments in new trails and outdoor recreation infrastructure, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs, and basic water and wastewater infrastructure, these resources will create economic opportunities for area residents,” said NBRC Federal Co-Chair Chris Saunders. “The Commission is especially proud that this year’s slate of projects reaches some of the smallest and most rural areas of New York and New England.”
One of the recipients, Otter Creek Child Center, will receive $350,000 as part of an $829,000 renovation and expansion project. “When completed, the Community Child Care Expansion Project will increase child care capacity in rural Addison County by adding 77 child care spaces in a modern ADA-compliant facility. said Linda January, executive director of Otter Creek Child Center. “We hope this project will inspire the corporate, higher education, and nonprofit sectors to collaborate in new and creative ways to create a model for the rest of the state of Vermont to address the problem. chronicle of childcare capacity that impacts every sector.
A $460,020 grant to the City of Hinesburg will help pay for a $911,000 expansion of the city’s drinking water system, which will result in an 87% increase in capacity and enable the construction of 66 affordable housing units in permanence. “The NBRC award will bring many benefits to Hinesburg and the region. Locally, it will enable the municipality to double its drinking water capacity at a lower cost for its users. Regionally, this additional capacity will help address the housing shortage, as the large number of housing developments planned for Hinesburg require it,” said Hinesburg City Manager Todd Odit.
The remaining rewards are:
- Bennington County Industrial Corporation – $350,000: Supports the construction of a 92,000 square foot mixed-use, energy-efficient building, providing space for Southwest Vermont Healthcare (SVHC), retail and the creation of 63 new households downtown.
- Little River Health Care – $350,000: supports the creation of 10 new exam rooms, two new procedure rooms, eight offices, a laboratory, a new group medical visitation room and a reception area.
- Lake Champlain Sailing Center – $350,000: Supports the construction of a boat launch, an educational dock accessible to all, a safe launch site and winches for a wet pond deep, improving functionality and safety, while expanding lake access and educational opportunities.
- Porter Medical Center – $346,223: supports the creation of a simulation lab to provide basic training and refresher training for healthcare workers.
- Springfield Area Parent Child Center – $196,732.50: Supports the purchase of a nearby building to increase capacity for the Learning Together program, which provides intensive education and job training for teen and youth parents.
- City of Lyndon – $350,000: Supports the rehabilitation of the Sanborn Bridge, one of the last existing Paddleford truss covered bridges in the United States, and one of only two in Vermont, while creating a 1. 5 acre adjacent to bridge, connecting recreational trails and nearby waterways.
- City of Greensboro – $153,553: Supports the creation of a rail trail hub by adding trail amenities to include a parking area, bike racks, tables, benches, artwork, bins with flowers, enclosures for toilets and vending machines, a pad for a food truck and construction of a new collective of companies.
- Town of Winooski – $817,908.37: Supports the Winooski Falls East Development Project and Main Street Revitalization Project with sidewalk, water and sewer improvements, burying of telecommunication lines and cable, allowing future high-density commercial and residential development accessible by foot, bicycle, and public transportation.
- Rutland Economic Development Corporation – $89,746.40: Supports the creation of over 40 acres of prime developable real estate for manufacturing property inventory, enabling the expansion of manufacturers and producers, creating high-quality jobs quality and benefiting all of Rutland County and surrounding areas.
- Vermont Agency of Transportation – $350,000: Supports cost-effective freight forwarding for rural businesses in the Northeast Kingdom and northern Vermont.
- City of Montgomery – $817,908.37: Supports the Montgomery Gateway project, which will build 1,600 feet of sidewalk, bike path, marked crosswalks and parking along the north side of Route 118, creating a multimodal connection between the municipal recreation center and the state designated Center Village and shopping area.
- Greater Rockingham Area Services, Inc. – $817,908.36: Supports the replacement of an outdated heating system with a new energy-efficient biomass boiler, backup boiler and outdoor woodchip silo.
Established in 2008, the Northern Boundary Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership whose mission is to help alleviate economic distress and encourage private sector job creation in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. In its 13 years of existence, including these new awards, the commission has awarded 387 grants, representing more than $114 million in direct investments and $416 million in additional leveraged investments, in the four states. through its major State Economic and Infrastructure Development (SEID) grant program and other special initiatives.
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