Brattleboro getting $1.4M federal grant for event venue

A government grant was given to Brattleboro to build an event venue to increase tourism to the town
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 7:57 AM EDT
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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (WCAX) - A grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will help fund a project aimed at boosting tourism in Brattleboro.

The Retreat Farm is getting $1.4 million in ARPA funds from the department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to renovate its North Barn facility.

The goal is to create an event venue that will attract tourists.

“The travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sector is a critical economic driver for many communities and the Economic Development Administration is pleased to support community-led development strategies designed to boost tourism and build a better America,” Alejandra Castillo, the assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, said in a statement. “This project will bring visitors from near and far to enjoy the offerings of the region’s hospitality sector.”

The project will allow for conferences, exhibitions and concerts.

“Located on the tourist thoroughfare of Route 30, the Retreat Farm is a vital economic driver for the tourism and outdoor recreation sectors in Southeastern Vermont,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said in a statement. “The restoration of the North Barn into a year-round community gathering and event space will lead to more jobs, attract more tourists, and provide a hub that will bring people, businesses, and organizations together to build vital connections throughout the region.”

The EDA grant will be matched with $3.4 million in other federal and local funds.

The goal is to create nearly 50 jobs.

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