Vermont groups to get $7.9M in Northern Border grants

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) Officials say 18 Vermont organizations will be receiving $7.9 million in federal grants through the Northern Border Regional Commission, which spurs job creation in communities along the U.S. border with Canada.

This year's grants were announced Wednesday in Springfield by Republican Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch.

The Northern Border Regional Commission promotes economic development near the Canadian border in upstate New York and northern New England.

Officials in the four states say the program has helped create and save hundreds of jobs.

Among the Vermont projects announced this week was a $235,000 grant to convert an old school in Springfield into an entrepreneurial hub and $444,000 for the city of St. Albans to build infrastructure to redevelop an old manufacturing site.

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