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November 8, 2017

USDA Aroostook County grant to fund development training for officials

The Northern Maine Development Commission received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will provide training and technical assistance on development and infrastructure to officials in dozens of Aroostook County municipalities.

The grant provides half of the $200,000 cost of the program, which includes seminars for town administrators, city managers, select boards and other municipal officials and staff in Aroostook County. The seminars will focus on building the local capacity to carry out projects like housing rehabilitation, community and economic development, and public infrastructure development, according to a news release from the USDA.

The NMDC is providing the other half of the financing for the program, according to the USDA.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, whose district includes Aroostook County, said in a news release announcing the grant: "Our communities succeed when they have the tools to grow. I'm very pleased this important support will go toward enhancing our infrastructure in the County and helping our communities most effectively carry out critical development projects."

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