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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Rep. Poliquin Announces $1,557,484 Awarded to Local Economic and Infrastructure Development Programs Across Maine

August 4, 2017
Press Release
$1.5 million+ worth of grants will support local community projects in Aroostook, Washington, Oxford, Franklin and Penobscot Counties

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, is announcing $1,557,484 has been awarded to a number of Maine economic and infrastructure development programs across the 2nd Congressional District. The grants are awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:


“In order for our communities in Maine to prosper and create the necessary environment to grow jobs and allow businesses to prosper, they must have the ability to modernize and improve their infrastructure,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Whether it be fixing a sewer system, supporting efforts to revitalize local attractions for tourism, or reconstructing pedestrian sidewalks, infrastructure development is key to our communities’ success. I’m tremendously pleased our communities across the State of Maine will be receiving this important support.”


Grants will be awarded to the following projects in Maine’s 2nd District:


  • Town of Rumford - $400,000 – The project will construct 2 miles of natural gas pipelines and 2 miles of fiber optic line in the downtown area of Rumford. It will additionally reconstruct 1 mile of sidewalk, over a mile of roadway, and 2 miles of water lines.


  • Town of Baileyville - $500,000 - This project is Phase II of the Town’s ongoing infrastructure improvements project and will replace 3,500 linear feet of leaking sewer system piping along Broad Street.


  • Town of Fort Kent - $250,000 - To install approximately 800 ft. of concrete block system and fill from the Fish River Bridge on East Main St. to the existing levee on the St. John River.


  • Town of Wilton - $157,484 - The project would replace 1" residential water/sewer pipe under 561 Main St. with 6" commercial pipe and complete 1,500 sq unfinished, vacant space for new children's museum at same address. The children's museum will create permanent jobs, revitalize the downtown, and complement regional tourism plan.


  • Our Katahdin - $150,000 - The project will develop and expand broadband expansion in the Katahdin Region.


  • City of Caribou - $100,000 - To demolish and clean up the former Birdseye processing plan on Route 1 for eventual reuse.


The NBRC’s 2017 Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Award program is providing almost $9 million in grants to projects in the NBRC’s four state service area. This year’s round was particularly competitive as the NBRC Federal-State partnership received 107 applications seeking $28.4 million in funds. This is the largest amount of requests in the Commission’s history.


Grants are approved by the Federal Government’s representative to the NBRC and State

Governors based on the prioritization of applications by each State.


The NBRC was created by the US Congress in 2008 and is a Federal-State partnership whose mission is to help alleviate economic distress throughout the northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.