On August 14, the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced $7.2 Million in new awards to 9 projects, as part of the Regional Forest Economy Partnership (RFEP). 2019 was the first year of the RFEP program, which was created to focus on innovative initiatives to engage a regional approach in addressing the decline in forest-based economies. We are thrilled to have deployed all of our available funds for the RFEP program in 2019 in the first and second rounds, which means that we will not be entertaining Letters of Intent for the potential third round that was previously announced through this program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity.
NBRC has heard, and is responding to, feedback regarding this new program. RFEP is supported by an Advisory Board, which will work closely with NBRC staff and Commissioners in the coming months to clarify strategic alignment between Commission objectives and a new Notice of Funding Opportunity in 2020, contingent on available funds. Please stay tuned to our website for an announcement about the second year of RFEP, and thank you for your interest in the program!
Notice of Public Meeting
The Northern Border Regional Commission will be holding its semi-annual meeting and is open to the public.
Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672
Date and Time
August 12th, 2019 12:30 PM-5:15 PM
August 13th, 2019 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Discussion of NBRC grants, funding, and other Commission business
Contact For More Information
Phone: (603) 369-3001
Northern Border Regional Commission Federal Cochair Harold B. Parker announced today that Rich Grogan of Vermont will become the first Executive Director of the Northern Border Regional Commission. Grogan is currently the Executive Director of Community Capital of Vermont.
“The Northern Border Regional Commission has grown tenfold since its inception more than a decade ago, maturing into an organization that communities rely on to implement infrastructure and economic development projects,” said Parker. “Rich understands the needs of the region, has a deep experience in organizational management, and will be a great advocate for the communities, businesses and people the Commission serves.”
Grogan will oversee the administration of more than $20 million a year in federal funds invested in northern border communities from Niagara Falls to the Gulf of Maine. The Commission, which consists of the presidentially-appointed Federal Cochair and the four governors of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York, will charge Grogan with developing a long-term strategic vision for revitalization in partnership with community and economic development organizations across the region.
“The communities of the Northern Border Regional Commission are poised for positive transition,” Grogan said. “Places like Millinocket, Littleton, Burke, and Saranac are investing in themselves, changing the narrative about rural places, and capitalizing on the outdoor recreation economy. Every community has its own distinct assets, and this unique federal-state partnership helps each community capitalize on these, and lift the entire region.”
Grogan is the Executive Director of Community Capital of Vermont, a statewide organization whose mission is to help small businesses and lower income entrepreneurs prosper by providing flexible financing and business advisory services. Grogan was a leader at the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center for six years, where he served as state director from 2015 to 2018 before moving to Community Capital. Grogan received his Doctorate from Michigan State University, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a degree in business from Wake Forest University. He lives in Reading, Vermont with his wife and three horses.
Created in the 2008 Farm Bill, NBRC is a federal-state partnership to reduce economic distress and encourage private-sector job creation throughout the northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Since its inception, the Commission has awarded tens of millions of dollars, leveraging more than $100 million of investment in the region and implementing more than 150 projects across the four states.
- May 14th, 2019
The NBRC has formally accepted membership on the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The NBRC is proud to be on this council and thank President Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson for this opportunity.
See below links for information on the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, as well as information on Opportunity Zones
Each State scores the applications received within their state independently. Generally, each state creates a team of reviewers and has access to a group of consultants who have specialized knowledge on scientific or technical expert opinion that provide guidance when needed. Final decisions about awards are approved jointly between the Federal Co-Chair and the Governor’s Alternates (the five members that make up board of the Northern Border Regional Commission). The scoring system for each state is provided below. If the application is for a multi-state project, each state will score the application independently. While States will consult with one another in order to strive for consistency, a multi-state application may be awarded in one state and not in another.