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Kuster highlights impact of American Rescue Plan in Cheshire County, talks future growth with local leaders

By Staff | Jun 30, 2022

KEENE — U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) met with Cheshire County Administrator Chris Coates and Cheshire County Commissioners at 21 Bar & Grill Wednesday to discuss American Rescue Plan dollars and the impact they have had in Cheshire County. Kuster discussed the newly-established Cheshire County emergency service system (EMS) with seven new ambulances, made possible by the more than $14.7 million she secured for Cheshire County through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will fill gaps in access to care in the region. The county is using $3.8 million to stand up this new county-wide EMS service.

“I was proud to support and vote for the American Rescue Plan Act and deliver game-changing relief for our small businesses and communities as we dealt with the economic impact of COVID-19,” said Rep. Kuster. “Beyond helping to safeguard our local economy, this legislation represents an important investment in our state and our future, giving power to local leaders to utilize the resources as needed in their towns — investments that will continue to be a boon for our communities.”

“I’m excited that these resources are standing up a county-wide emergency service system (EMS) with seven new ambulances that will improve public safety for the entire county,” Kuster continued. “It was great to discuss how these federal dollars are getting to work for Granite Staters in Cheshire County to strengthen the local economy and establish a new EMS service, and how they will be used to build a better, brighter future for all.”

“I was thrilled and honored to be able to meet with Congresswoman Kuster today at 21 Bar and Grill, a recipient of the County’s ARPA grant program made possible by our federal delegation,” said Chris Coates, Cheshire County Administrator. “Cheshire County made historic investments into our community by using American Rescue Plan Funds. From starting a county run ambulance service, to starting a grant program for small businesses/non-profits which helped 50 local organizations, and more, we are incredibly thankful to the federal delegation and Congresswoman Kuster for making this a possibility. Again we are incredibly thankful.”

Kuster was a key player in passing the American Rescue Plan last year and delivering critical relief for New Hampshire businesses, towns, and communities. She helped secure more than $14.7 million for Cheshire County through the American Rescue Plan.


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