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42 Vt. communities get planning grants

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - About $450,000 in grants will go to 42 Vermont communities for revitalization and to help plan for future growth and development and protect them from future floods.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the municipal planning grants on Wednesday.

The Department of Housing and Community Development picked the projects from 63 communities that had requested more than $733,000 in funding.

Officials say the projects range from an examination of retail needs in Middlebury and assessing housing needs in St. Albans City to creating new wastewater treatment options in Waitsfield village to making bike and pedestrian connections in Bennington.

Jeffersonville and Ludlow are among many communities looking at ways to minimize damage and costs from future flooding.

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