Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that three organizations in Maine have received a total of $242,712 to help repair and maintain snowmobile trails for the upcoming winter season. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Development Grants.
“Maine’s snowmobile industry is a powerful economic engine for our state, contributing more than $600 million to Maine’s economy and supporting small businesses and rural communities along the trail routes,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “This funding will help to ensure that our trails in Maine are ready for snowmobilers to enjoy this winter.”
The funding was allocated as follows:
· The City of Caribou received $95,000 to purchase snowmobile trail grooming equipment, which will replace an old trail groomer. This equipment is vital to the winter economy and will ensure continued access to businesses during the winter months. This funding will assist 21 businesses and save a total of 15 full-time jobs.
· Arnold Trail Snowmobile Network received $125,500 to purchase snowmobile trail grooming equipment, which will replace an old trail groomer. This funding will assist 13 businesses and save a total of 20 full-time jobs.
· Black Mountain of Maine received $22,212 to purchase alpine trail grooming equipment that will replace an old trail groomer. Black Mountain of Maine is vital to Rumford's winter economy and plays a major role in its economic development. The mountain's historic reputation and skier events are vital to Rumford being able to attract a new hotel to the area. This funding will assist 9 businesses.