Vermont gets $7.9 million in federal grants to improve communities

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SPRINGFIELD, VT– More than a dozen Vermont organizations are getting a boost thanks to millions in Northern Border Regional Commission grants. The money is aimed at growing the state’s workforce as well as developing communities.

Governor Phil Scott made the announcement alongside Vermont’s Congressional Delegation Wednesday afternoon in Springfield.

The $7.9 million is to ensure rural areas in Vermont have the same opportunities for success as urban areas. A new childcare center in Alburgh, improvements to Randolph’s town water system, and recreation facilities in the Northeast Kingdom are just a few of the projects funded.

“Giving children the chance to socially develop, emotionally develop,” said Beth Hemingway, Principal of the Alburgh Community Education Center. “To help them succeed in school because as we all know education is the ticket to life.”

Senator Patrick Leahy said while the recipients of the grants are diverse, they share the common goal of ensuring their community survives.

“It’s not one size fits all, it depends on what they need in the community,” said Sen. Leahy. “How do they create jobs? Whether it’s in forest projects, redevelopment, education, they tell us what they need.”

The Nothern Border Regional Commission has funded 72 projects in Vermont.

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