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Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)
The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, the result of several years of work by The Center and many organizations across the region and by much 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. A basic overview of the Commission is available from the National Association of Development Organizations.
The NBRC is an important regional coordination mechanism for the Northern Forest states as well as a potentially significant new source of investment for economic and community development in the region. The Center coordinates with NBRC 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.
Contact Sandy Blitz, Co-Chair of the Northern Border Regional Commission for more information:
(207) 745-4998 Send Email
Northern Border Regional Commission announces 2013 grants - 10/10/13
The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced the winners of its 2013 round of grants. 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.
New York – The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority received $100,000 for a high-speed telecommunications fiber optic system at the commerce park. The Port of Oswego is receiving $192,000.
Maine – The town of Dover-Foxcroft received $200,000 to refurbish a hydroelectric plant at a former downtown woolen mill. Also, Jackman, ME is applying $68,000 to expand the Newton Field Airport hangar.
New Hampshire – The Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Association will receive $200,000 and $145,000 goes to the Grafton County Economic Development Council.
Vermont – The Vermont Center for Geographic Information has been awarded $169,100. Similarly, the Vermont Global Trade Partnership is getting $186,000.
Northern Border Regional Commission Opens 2013 Grant Process- Applications Due July 15 - 05/24/13
The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) has begun accepting applications for grants to be awarded by the end of September, 2013. Approximately $1.2 million is available with a maximum grant size of $200,000. The application deadline is July 15, 2013.
Eligible projects must develop the infrastructure of the region; assist in providing job skills and employment related education; provide basic health care and other public services for areas that are severely economically distressed; promote resources conservation, tourism, and recreation; or promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources.
Interested applicants should contact:
Maine: Department of Economic Development, 207-624-9804
New Hampshire: Department of Resources and Economic Development, 603-271-2341
Vermont: Agency of Commerce: 802-828-5236
New York: Department of State: 518-473-3355
Northern Border Commission Announces 2012 Grant Awards - 10/10/12
According to press articles, Northern Border Regional Commission grants in 2012 include the following. Detail on each of these projects can be found by clicking on the “News Articles” tab above.
$250,000 to three St. John Valley communities to promote expanded tourism and economic development opportunities
$200,000 to Northern Community Investment Corp. to construct a 195-foot tower on Groveton's Morse Mountain to improve broadband and cell service for central Coos County.
$249,982 to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail for construction of a 93-mile, four-season, multi-use trail across northern Vermont.
$123,465 grant to the Northeast Kingdom will to complement the recently announced $170 million expansion of the Jay Peak Resort.
$123,500 to the Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena to construct a rail spur on the existing CSX St. Lawrence Subdivision
$158,120 to The Wild Center to help implement its Northern New York Maple project.
Northern Border Commission Announces 2011 Grant Awards - 11/10/11
According to press articles, Northern Border Regional Commission grants in 2011 include the following. Detail on each of these projects can be found by clicking on the “News Articles” tab above.
$200,000 to the town of Van Buren toward the construction of a vegetable-processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers.
$50,000 to Northern Maine Finance Corp. in Caribou to establish a public-private partnership aimed at linking entrepreneurs with investors to grow business and jobs in Aroostook and Washington counties.
$200,000 to Northern Community Investment Corp. for visitor information kiosks for tourists along Route 3 in New Hampshire’s North Country.
$225,000 to the Grafton County Economic Development Council for construction of a business incubator in Plymouth.
$225,000 to the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council to extend the access road to the Technology Village off Route 16 in Conway.
$128,500 to Lyndon State College and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association to create collaboration among Northeast Kingdom manufacturers and expand training programs.
$78,190 to the town of Brighton to build a 2,100-foot lakeside walking path that will connect to downtown to enhance tourism and recreation in the community.
$250,000 to Clayton Local Development Corp. to install water and wastewater systems for the proposed $35 million Frink Hotel.
$95,320 to Lewis County Development Corp. to rehabilitate a railway spur that connects to the former Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill site, which the agency is attempting to redevelop as a business park.
House Appropriates $1.35 million for Northern Border Regional Commission in FY12 - 07/29/11
On July 15 the House approved a fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill containing $1,350,000 for the Northern Border Regional Commission and continuing a waiver of the 10% cap on the Commission’s administrative expenses. The bill must pass the Senate before becoming law. The Commission received $1.5 million in annual funding in FY10 and FY11.
Northern Border Regional Commission Opens 2012 Grant Process- Applications Due Aug 29 - 07/29/11
The region’s congressional delegation announced July 26 that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) will begin accepting applications for federal assistance beginning August 1st, with the goal of awarding approximately $1.25 million by September 30th. Eligible projects must develop the infrastructure of the region; assist in providing job skills and employment related education; provide basic health care and other public services for areas that are severely economically distressed; promote resources conservation, tourism, and recreation; or promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. Applications are due August 29.
As with last year, the application process is different in each state. Contact the appropriate group listed below to get more information.
Contact your local economic development district:
Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments in Auburn, (207) 783-9186
Eastern Maine Development Corporation in Bangor, (207) 942-6389
Kennebec Valley Council of Governments in Fairfield, (207) 453-4258
Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou, (207) 498-8736
Contact North Country Council (603) 444-6303
Contact one of the Vermont delegation’s district offices by calling:
Ted Brady (Senator Leahy): 802-229-0569
David Weinstein (Senator Sanders): 802 862-0697
Brent Raymond (Representative Welch): 802-652-2450
Application forms and additional information are available at www.dos.ny.gov/communityprojects/funding.html. Submissions must be postmarked by August 29, 2011 and mailed AND emailed to: New York Department of State, Attention Kyle Wilber, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231, (518) 473-3355, email@example.com
$1.25 million in border development money on the way - 07/28/11
Due: August 29, 2011
The Northern Border Regional Commission has announced a new round of funding for economically strapped Canadian border regions of Maine, New York and Vermont.
The commission plans Aug. 1 to begin accepting applications for the money and to announce how it will award the $1.25 million available by Sept. 30.
Bangor Daily News article link
House Committee Recommends $1.35 million for Northern Border Regional Commission in FY12 - 06/16/11
On June 15 the House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill containing $1,350,000 for the Northern Border Regional Commission and continuing a waiver of the 10% cap on the Commission’s administrative expenses. The bill must pass the full House and Senate before becoming law. The Commission received $1.5 million in annual funding in FY10 and FY11.
Northern Border Regional Commission Receives $1.5 million in FY11 Funding - 04/25/11
The continuing resolution for the remainder of federal FY11- passed by Congress on April 15- includes $1.5 million in appropriations for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). The Commission was funded at the same level in FY’10, when it awarded over $1 million in grants to economic development projects across the Northern Forest. With the FY11 appropriation, NBRC Federal Co-chair Sandy Blitz reports that the Commission will have a grant award program this year. He expects the grant announcement to be available in June.
The FY11 appropriations bill also includes a waiver of the 10% cap on NBRC administrative expenses.
NBRC Federal Co-chair meets with NY Stakeholders - 01/10/11
On October 25 and 26, 2010, The Center and New York partners hosted a series of stakeholder meetings in the Adirondack and Tug Hill regions for NBRC federal co-chair Sandy Blitz. The “Northern Forest Conversations,” held with the NY State Tug Hill Commission in Watertown, NY, and with Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, NY, provided a first chance for many New York interests to hear directly from Mr. Blitz about the commission, and an opportunity for him to learn about the economic development opportunities and challenges in that part of the region. Northern Forest Center Program & Policy Director Joe Short also spoke at both sessions about the NBRC and the Northern Forest Investment Zone.