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Senators Collins, King Announce More than $7 Million in Federal Funding Awarded to Maine Economic Development Projects

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) has awarded 12 Maine organizations $7,371,022.46 in federal funding to strengthen economic opportunity in Maine communities. The awards are part of the spring funding round of NBRC’s Catalyst Program, funded by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—which Senator Collins negotiated along with nine of her Senate colleagues—and the Commission’s federal appropriation. A second funding round will take place in the fall.

“The NBRC has long helped provide rural regions with the economic tools they need to prosper,” said Senators Collins and King. “This funding will help improve water infrastructure and roadways in communities across our state while strengthening our workforce and creating economic opportunities for Mainers.”

A full list of the 12 Maine organizations receiving funding can be found below, and a detailed description of the awards can be read here:

  • Town of Bethel - $1,000,000
  • Town of Rockport - $1,000,000
  • City of Ellsworth - $1,000,000
  • Beth Brunswick Memorial Fund - $1,000,000
  • Maine Audubon Society - $756,544.16
  • Town of Fort Kent - $500,000
  • Aroostook Micmac Council - $500,000
  • Downeast Institute - $499,999.50
  • Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center - $484,447
  • Beth C. Wright Cancer Center - $335,327.80
  • Town of Grand Isle - $250,000
  • Washburn Trailrunners Snowmobile Club - $44,704

Created in 2008, the NBRC is a Federal-State partnership focused on alleviating economic distress and encouraging private sector job creation in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.