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NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano with Acme Monaco Management, Congressional Staff, and Local Economic Development Officials.

NRBC Grant Funds - Maine

2016-01-28

NBRC grant funds are helping the City of Presque Isle, Maine develop a city owned property to accommodate the expansion plans of Acme Monaco, a valued employer in Aroostook County, Maine. Above: NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano meets with company, City, and Congressional Delegation staff at Acme Monaco's current operations.

Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano ® with US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Coos Economic Development Council Exec Director

Dedication of CEDC's NRBC-Funded Cell and Broadband Project

2016-01-28

Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano (right) with US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Coos Economic Development Council Executive Director Bob DeAngelis at the dedication of CEDC's NBRC-funded cell and broadband project.

NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano with Rep. Kuster (NH-2) and Claremont, NH officials

NBRC Grant News - New Hampshire

2015-10-15

Celebrating another 2015 economic development grant. NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano (2nd from right) with Rep. Kuster (NH-2) at Twin State MakerSpace and City of Claremont, New Hampshire officials to learn more about the project's progress.

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton, NY

NBRC Grant News - New York

2016-01-28

NBRC grant funds helped the Village of Clayton, NY, develop a wastewater pump station to accommodate a $20MM downtown hotel project that created 80 new jobs (1000 Islands Harbor Hotel).

Loring Commerce Center President & CEO Carl Flora, NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano, and Alain Ouellette from Northern Maine Development Corporation.

Out and About - Maine

2016-01-28

NBRC Federal Co-Chair recently toured Maine's Aroostook County to learn more about the economic and demographic challenges of America's most northeasterly county.  Loring Commerce Center in Limestone, Maine, was formerly a thriving Air Force base.  Now, thanks to good leadership and grit, the Center is working to use the remaing base infrastructure to create jobs.  Pictured left to right: Loring Commerce Center President & CEO Carl Flora, NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano, and Alain Ouellette from Northern Maine Development Corporation. 

NBRC Celebration

NBRC Grant News - Vermont

2016-01-28

NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano joined the celebration of North East Kingdom (VT) International Airport runway expansion, new private investments, and 100 direct new jobs. NBRC helped by funding enhanced wastewater service.

Out and About: New Hampshire

2016-02-26

Celebrating a NBRC funded success story for workforce development.  The NBRC helped River Valley Community College renovate a building in downtown Lebanon, NH for an education and training satellite center. During its recent "soft opening" the center more than doubled its expected enrollment.

left to right: RVCC President Alicia Harvey-Smith, NH Community College System Chancellor Ross Gitell, NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano, and Commissioner Jeff Rose of the NH Dept of Resources & Economic Development.

Info Sessions

Information Sessions for 2016 NBRC Investment Round

2016-03-23

  • 4/21  Wolfboro, NH: 2pm-4pm at the Wolfboro Town Office "Great Room" (upstairs), 86 South Main Street
  • 4/01  Newport, NH: 2pm to 4pm at the Sullivan County 5th Circuit Court Probate Room, 3rd Floor
  • 3/30  Caribou, ME: 10am at the Northern Maine Development Commission Conference Room
  • 3/29  Calais, ME: 2pm to 4pm at the Community Room of Washington County Community College

NBRC Interactive Mapping Now Available

2016-05-10

The NBRC has created an online mapping resource to assist applicants to identify their Congressional Members, Distressed Counties, and contact information for Local Development Districts. For more information, see MAPS

NBRC Assists NY Incubator Project

2016-05-19

Clarkson University Breaks Ground on Downtown Potsdam Business Incubator

Clarkson University broke ground for its new Damon Hall Business Incubator in downtown Potsdam on Monday afternoon.

Officials, including Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano, New York Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government Dierdre "Dede" Scozzafava, Clarkson University President Tony Collins and LC Drives CEO Russ Marvin, gathered for the ceremony.

A grant from the NBRC is providing partial support for Clarkson's Shipley Center for Innovation to renovate the 67 Main St. building into premium support and business incubator manufacturing space.

Damon Hall is being renovated into a safe, conveniently-situated manufacturing, support and storage option for the startup businesses in Clarkson's Peyton Hall Business Incubator, next door. 

LC Drives will be the first tenant of the new incubator, which will focus predominantly on manufacturing space. The company designs and manufactures ultra-efficient electric motors and generators for a variety of markets that include wind energy companies, oil and gas drilling businesses, and underwater use. It is among those companies already located in Peyton Hall.

The 6,000-square-foot Damon project, created through NBRC funding, will include asbestos removal, installation of a fire alarm system, roof repairs, window/door repairs, interior architectural repairs, installation of a heating system and installation of lighting.

 This project aligns with the NBRC’s focus on business and workforce development, as it focuses on the creation of new businesses and the retention/expansion of existing businesses in a dedicated incubator space.

In future phases of its Downtown Campus Revitalization Project, Clarkson envisions a premium mixed-use space that will house additional incubator businesses, as well the option of a food storage component (a stumbling block for many local food producers). This project is an opportunity to turn an unused building -- vacant for more than 20 years -- into a usable, thriving space with the potential to impact even more businesses and supporting services on a greater scale.

The NBRC is a growing federal-state partnership program that provides grants to innovative, job-creating projects in northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Created by Congress in 2008, its mission is to help alleviate economic distress and encourage job creation throughout the northern regions of these states.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise. 

Photo caption: Northern Border Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano, New York Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government Dierdre "Dede" Scozzafava, Clarkson University President Tony Collins and LC Drives CEO Russ Marvin break ground on Clarkson's new Damon Hall Business Incubator.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/damon-groundbreaking-2016.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

NBRC Releases New Data

2016-12-09

By statute, the NBRC is required to annually assess the level of economic and demographic distress within its 36 county region. The ultimate result of this work is to direct 1) where the NBRC is allowed to invest its EID funds, and 2) at what match is required by applicants for funding. 

The FY 2017 data is now available.

Join NBRC on Social Media!

2016-12-13

NBRC's Twitter FeedIn order to support great economic and demographic projects in America's amazing Northeast, the NBRC has set up numerous social media outlets for information and networking.  Consider joining us for news, updates, and sharing!

NBRC's New Strategic Plan

2017-02-28

The NBRC Federal-State Members recently released their new Five Year Strategic Plan.  The Plan was the result of a year's worth of surveys, interviews, meetings, and a consolidation of Statewide and regional plans from across the NBRC's four State region. 

The plan serves as a roadmap for NBRC's investments as well as identifying opportunities for job and wealth creation. 

Check out the link below and let us know what you think.

NBRC Strategic Plan, 2017-2021

NEW: 2016 NBRC Annual Report

2017-02-17

The NBRC is pleased to provide an overview of its 2016 accomplishments and activities.  "As a young operation, the NBRC's professionalism and support for high impact economic and community development projects increased signficantly in 2016," stated NBRC Federal Co-Chair Mark Scarano.  "The NBRC Federal and State partnership continues to grow and provide evidence of succcess and solid results for America's rural northeast." 

2016 ANNUAL REPORT

NH and ME Grant Info Sessions

2017-03-03

New Hampshire 2017 NBRC grant information sessions for interested applicants will be held on:

  • Wednesday, March 29th from 1:00-3:00 pm at the CSB Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, NH

  • Friday, April 7th from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Wolfeboro Town Hall's Great Room (upstairs), 84 S. Main St, Wolfeboro, NH

  • Monday, April 10th from 1:00-3:00 pm at the North Country Resources Center, 629B Main Street, Lancaster, NH

Maine 2017 NBRC grant information sessions for interested applicants will be held on:

  • Wednesday, April 12th from 10:00-12:00 in Caribou and Machias, ME

The information session will be live broadcast in the boardroom of NMDC located at 11 West Presque Isle Road in Caribou and in the boardroom of Sunrise County Economic Council, located at 7 Ames Way (located next to the old Grange Hall), in Machias.

To register, click here.

Information sessions in New York are currently being organized. 

NBRC Helps Celebrate Incubator Opening

2017-04-03

The NBRC is proud to support the expansion of job creating incubation space for new technology companies at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. 

Thanks to multiple awards by the NBRC as well as other funders, Clarkson's already successful Advanced Manufacturing Incubator can be expanded to into nearby Damon Hall.  According to Clarkson, 93% of space at the enlarged incubator are occupied by startup or small companies.  

Click here for more information on this high impact project for New York's North County.

Pictured: Susan Merrill, representing Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks to those assembled while Clarkson University President Anthony "Tony" Collins looks on.

Maine Grant Information Session

2017-04-04

Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) officials will be holding an informational meeting Wednesday, April 12 in Caribou and Machias to provide potential grant applicants with information about the application process and what projects may be eligible.
NBRC was created as a federal-state partnership under legislation approved in the 2008 Farm Bill, with the aim of addressing the economic and community development needs of severely distressed areas in the Northern Forest region.
NBRC provides assistance for projects in seven priority sectors: basic public infrastructure; transportation infrastructure; telecom infrastructure; workforce training and business development; renewable and alternative energy sources; resource conservation, tourism, recreation and preservation of open spaces; and health care and public services in distressed communities. 

The information session will be live broadcast in the boardroom of NMDC located at 11 West Presque Isle Road in Caribou and in the boardroom of Sunrise County Economic Council, located at 7 Ames Way (located next to the old Grange Hall), in Machias.

To register, click here.