Commission awards grants for development projects

BURLINGTON – The Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded $373,447 in grants for regional development projects in Vermont, the state’s three-member congressional delegation announced Tuesday.

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 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.

The Northern Border Regional Commission 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.

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