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Kuster introduces bill to bolster commission

By Staff | Apr 4, 2020

CONCORD – U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., introduced bipartisan legislation Friday to provide additional financial flexibility to the Northern Border Regional Commission, a rural economic development agency headquartered in Concord.

The Northern Border Regional Commission Financial Flexibility Act would waive requirements for NBRC Economic & Infrastructure Development grant recipients – currently, 20% of each project’s cost must come from non-Federal sources. This bill will remove that barrier and provide relief to both the NBRC and grant recipients by simplifying the process for the NBRC to distribute funding in New Hampshire and ensuring that grant recipients can access these funds without raising additional capital from non-Federal sources.

“As communities across New Hampshire grapple with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northern Border Regional Commission can play a critical role in expanding economic development in rural Granite State communities,” Kuster said. “However, a current regulation that requires grant recipients to raise significant capital from non-Federal sources will be problematic as traditional funding sources like municipalities and foundations are strained financially. My bipartisan legislation will temporarily remove this barrier through the end of 2021 to ensure that NBRC can inject critical resources into our rural communities and continue its mission to accelerate job creation and economic prosperity in communities that need it the most.”

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