Congresswoman Annie Kuster today applauded continued federal money for the Northern Border Regional Commission in the government funding bill. The funds supply infrastructure and economic grants to struggling communities in the Northeast.
The NBRC will get $15 million for Fiscal Year 2018, which is $5 million more than the year prior. That money will go toward economic development in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The commission has invested more than $7 million in the Granite State in the past seven years, though recently the Trump administration proposed cutting its funding.
Some of that money is supporting the Majestic Theatre renovation in Conway. George Wiese is the executive director of the Mountaintop Music Center, which is behind the project.
“One townsperson said it best when they said, ‘this is the project that will bring Conway Village back to life.’” Wiese said. “This is a big project for our community and we’re thrilled that the Northern Borders funding has been able to help us reach the goal we need.”
In a statement, Kuster called it an extremely effective program that supports rural communities in the state. The congresswoman is also pushing for legislation that would re-authorize funding for five years.