Four Maine communities, including one in Aroostook County, and one non-profit group have been awarded federal grants totaling more than $1.2 million from the Northern Border Regional Commission.


The 2014 grants are as follows:

The Town of Ashland will receive a $226,000 grant to upgrade one mile of highway to support the town forest products inter-modal facility.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township will receive $250,000 to build a maple processing facility in Jackman, Maine.

Maine Wood Products Association will get $230,000 to implement a training and credentialing program for employees of the wood products industry.

The Town of Hartland, Maine will receive $250,000 to line a solid waste landfill.

The City of Ellsworth was awarded $250,000 to develop a hub station to expand the availability of high-speed internet along the city's main thoroughfare.   The project is expected to support up to 100 new jobs.

The Northern Border Regional Commission, which was established with the 2008 Farm Bill,  helps address the community and economic development needs of distressed areas of the Northern Forest region. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud authored the legislation creating the commission which was signed into law by President Obama.

In a joint statement, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King said, “These valuable infrastructure and employment programs will improve quality of life for residents and help create and sustain jobs.”

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