The 2008 Farm Bill authorized the Northern Border Regional Commission as a result of several year’s work by the Center and other organizations, with support from members of the region’s congressional delegation. The Commission’s focus is to help address the community and economic development needs of the most severely distressed portions of the Northern Forest region.
The Commission is an important regional coordination mechanism for the Northern Forest states as well as a significant source of investment for economic and community development in the region. The Center coordinates with stakeholders across the region, with the Commission members (a federal co-chair and the region’s four governors), and with the regional congressional delegation to align the work of the Commission with regional priorities and to secure additional funding for its activities.
The Center is updating a regional economic strategy for the Northern Forest, on behalf of the Commission, to guide its next several years of regional investment.
For more information about the Northern Border Regional Commission and current grant opportunities, please visit www.nbrc.gov
- $650,000, Rockland, to upgrade an aging fish pier and accommodate growing cruis ship activity.
- $650,000 Winslow, to expand the Winslow Business Park.
- $194,400 Lancaster Rotary Club to improve parking and the Phase 1 of a river greenway
- $399,200, Whitefield for wastewater improvements
- $75,000, Northern Forest Center, to deliver technical assistance to 57 forest-based businesses
- $100,000 New Hampshire Academy of Science, to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) laboratory for the future workforce.
- $70,000, New Hampshire Department of Business & Economic Affairs, Division of Travel and Tourism for construction and renovation projects at the Intervale and Rumney Rest Areas.
- $150,000 G.A.L.A. Community Center, to purchase and improve a vacant building in Conway for makerspace and business incubator services.
- $78,750, North Country, to repair an inactive ATV/snowmobile trail in Stratford and add wayfinding signage.
- $400,000, Town of Colebrook, to replace up to 600 traditional water meters with new “smart water meters.”
- $150,000, Bethlehem, to construct a new 32 bed treatment facility at Bethlehem Friendship House.
- $150,000, Opera North, to renovate the Charles Beaman home to serve as the base for a new summer festival for the performing and visual arts.
- $75,000, Bethlehem Village District, to replace water meters to enhance delivery of clean, safe, reliable drinking water.
- $149,650, Claremont Development Authority, to revitalize two historical city-owned buildings for end user tenants.
- $250,000, Town of Hardwick with the Center for an Agricultural Economy, to create a multi-tenant facility for growing local agricultural enterprises.
- $191,753, Green Mountain United Way, to fund an employee-assistance program, Working Bridges, at three NBRC regional businesses.
- $250,000, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, to expand the HEAT Squad program to Orleans, Essex and Caledonia counties.
- $162,500, Northern Forest Center, to provide technical assistance to more than 57 forest-based businesses, including wood product manufacturers, wood-energy businesses, and tourism businesses.
- $46,000, Vermont Brewers Association, to create a mobile internet application of the Brewery Challenge Passport Program.
- $20,000 Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, to undertake repairs and construction along the Lamoille Valley rail bed
- $128,548, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, to assist the museum in reducing its dependency on fossil fuels by converting to 90 percent renewables.
- $150,000, Northern Community Investment Corporation, to create a revolving loan fund
- $425,000, Vermont Land Trust, to construct a multi-use path, creating a four-season, seven-mile waterfront recreational corridor connecting downtown Newport to high-usage paths in Quebec.
- $250,000, Fulton, to upgrade storm water and sewer lines at the former Nestle facility.
- $200,000, Nelson, to service the water district east of the Village of Cazenovia.
- $500,000, St. Lawrence, to “re-establish safe access” to rail infrastructure at the former Jones & Laughlin (J&L) Steel site in the town of Clifton.
- $500,000, Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, construct water and utility infrastructure to create a new business park next to the Watertown International Airport.
- $250,000, Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corporation, to cover subordinate loans to businesses that are creating new jobs in the community.
- $500,000, Plattsburgh, public water infrastructure upgrades.
- $250,000, Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation, to build a maple processing facility in Jackman.
- $250,000, Town of Hartland, to line the solid waste landfill facility.
- $226,000, Town of Ashland, to upgrade one mile of highway to support the town forest-products intermodal facility.
- $230,000, Maine Wood Products Association, to implement a training and credentialing program for wood products industry employees.
- $250,000, City of Ellsworth, to develop a hub station to expand the availability of high-speed internet along the city's main thoroughfare.
- $161,670, Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN), to create an entrepreneurial training center and “maker space.”
- $250,000, Town of Littleton, to support a Main Street revitalization project.
- $250,000, The Coos Economic Development Council, to construct a new cell tower on Cummings Mountain in West Dummer.
- $200,000, The Northern Community Investment Corp., to expand and improve the NH Grand website, a visitor information portal for Coos County.
- $106,695, The University of New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program, to extend and enhance its broadband availability and mapping activities to the rural addresses of Coos County.
- $226,739, Lyndon State College, to establish a new four-year BS Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
- $250,000, Northern Community Investment Corporation, to construct a telecommunications infrastructure.
- $250,000, The Towns of Troy and Jay, to make impovements to wastewater pump station.
- $250,000, Vermont Agency of Transportation, to create a new rail siding in Barton, connecting with the Washington Rail Road network.
- $114,940, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, to provide a technical assistance enhancement project, assisting small businesses.
- $250,000, City of Ogdensburg, to install water and wastewater infrastructure.
- $196,000, St. Lawrence Health System, to upgrade telemedicine services and increase healthcare access for people in the area.
- $250,000, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, to construct a new community health center in Champlain, NY.
- $175,000, Northern Forest Center, to install energy-efficient wood pellet heating systems in municipal buildings in Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties.
- $100,000, Lake Placid Ski Club, to build K35 and K65-70 International Ski Federation-qualified ski jumps to increase recreation and tourism in the North Country.
- $200,000, Dover-Foxcroft, to refurbish a hydroelectric plant at a former downtown woolen mill.
- $68,000, Jackman, ME, to expand the Newton Field Airport hangar.
- $200,000, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Association.
- $145,000, Grafton County Economic Development Council.
- $169,100, Vermont Center for Geographic Information.
- $186,000, Vermont Global Trade Partnership.
- $100,000, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, to install a high-speed telecommunications fiber optic system at the commerce park.
- $192,000, Port of Oswego.
- $250,000, three St. John Valley communities, to promote expanded tourism and economic development opportunities.
- $200,000, Northern Community Investment Corp., to construct a 195-foot tower to improve broadband and cell service for central Coos County.
- $249,982, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, for construction of a 93-mile, four-season, multi-use trail across northern Vermont.
- $123,465, Northeast Kingdom, to complement expansion of Jay Peak Resort.
- $123,500, Business Development Corporation, for Greater Massena to construct a rail spur on the existing CSX St. Lawrence Subdivision.
- $158,120, The Wild Center, to help implement its Northern New York Maple project.
- $200,000, Town of Van Buren, toward the construction of a vegetable-processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers.
- $50,000, Northern Maine Finance Corp., to establish a public-private partnership to link entrepreneurs with investors to grow business and jobs in Aroostook and Washington counties.
- $200,000, Northern Community Investment Corp., for visitor information kiosks in New Hampshire’s North Country.
- $225,000, Grafton County Economic Development Council, for construction of a business incubator in Plymouth.
- $225,000, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, to extend the access road to Technology Village in Conway.
- $128,500, Lyndon State College and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, to create collaboration among Northeast Kingdom manufacturers and expand training programs.
- $78,190, Town of Brighton, to build a 2,100-foot lakeside walking path to connect to downtown and enhance tourism and recreation in the community.
- $250,000, Clayton Local Development Corp., to install water and wastewater systems for the proposed Frink Hotel.
- $95,320, Lewis County Development Corp., to rehabilitate a railway spur for a new business park at the former Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill site.
- $141,150, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, to build recreational infrastructure and catalyze rural economic results along a 740 mile canoe trail in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
- $250,000, Eastport Port Authority, to automate the port to handle bulk materials.
- $75,000, Maine Huts and Trails, to complete construction of 40 miles of trails and bridges and a third hut
- $234,000, Northern Community Investment Corp, for the Northern Vermont Fiber Optic Connection project from Stanhope, Quebec to Norton, Vermont.
- $200,000, Village of Gouverneur, for the St. Lawrence County IDA Water Line project in support of economic development.
- $150,000, Lewis County Water/Wastewater Implementation Project, to strengthen infrastructure and promote shared services in three rural, economically depressed towns.