The NBRC Federal-State partnership is aided by a group of regional organizations called Local Development Districts (LDDs) that assist the NBRC in its outreach activities and administer NBRC investments for grantees. LDDs are either an already existing federally designated Economic Development District, as certiﬁed by the US Economic Development Administration, or an organization similar in nature to a regional planning commission.
Each SEID NBRC award is required to utilize an LDD for grant administration assistance unless they are an agency of State government or have requested and received LDD waiver approval from NBRC prior to the submission of the SEID application. A grantee is required to provide a copy of the executed LDD contract as part of the documentation necessary to receive a Notice to Proceed.
By statute, the Commission is required to annually assess the level of economic and demographic distress among the counties in its service area. Assessing distress is important as the resulting designations reflect whether or not the Commission can provide grants within a county as well as what level of match is required of Commission funded projects.
Interactive Map (currently being updated)
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. Once there, click "Details" in the upper left hand corner for easy-to-use instructions on manipulating the map.
The NBRC Federal-State partnership is aided by a group of regional organizations called Local Development Districts (LDD's) that provide technical assistance to applicants, assist the NBRC in its outreach activities, and generally administer NBRC investments for grantees.
Every five years, the NBRC creates a new strategic plan for its region and operations. The Plan acts as a roadmap for NBRC's investments as well as identifying opportunities for job and wealth creation.
Opportunity Zones were created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to spur investment in distressed communities in the United States. Some of the communities designated as Opportunity Zones are located in the NBRC region, and as such, the NBRC participated in The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, which concluded its work in 2020. The Opportunity Zone program remains active, and some communities in the region may find the resources available via the hyperlink above useful for their economic development efforts.
State Economic Development Strategies
NBRC Member States will typically utilize State economic developmnent plans as they prioritize NBRC funding applications. State plans that are used include:
- Vermont 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
- Vermont Strategic Plan 2018-2023 (FY 2019-FY 2023)
- Maine Economic Development Strategy 2020-2029
- New Hampshire Recovery and Expansion Strategy
- Northern Forest Center: The Center is a regional, four-state non-profit that works to create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests in the NBRC region.
- Northeastern States Research Cooperative: The NSRC is a competitive grant program funded by the USDA Forest Service and supporting cross-disciplinary, collaborative research in the Northern Forest
Federal & State Resources
- Economic Development Administration U.S. Department of Commerce
- Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
- New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs
- Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
- New York Dept of State, Local Government Division
America's Other Federal-State Partnership Commissions
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- Delta Regional Authority
- Denali Commission
- Southeast Crescent Regional Commission
- Appalachian Regional Commission: Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit
- National Broadband Map
- USDA Broadband E-Connectivity Resource Guide
- BroadbandUSA Resources
- State Broadband Initiatives: Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont
- 2018 Vermont Telecommunications Plan
Northern Border Regional Commission Shutdown Plan
The following plan is provided to detail the plan for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in the event of a lapse of government appropriations.
The NBRC is a “no-year” funded agency and, as such, we have funds available (sufficient for approximately three months’ worth of normal monthly budgeted expenses) to continue operations in the event of a shutdown.
If the shutdown extends beyond that timeline, the Federal Co-Chair will continue to report for work as they are a Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed position and therefore exempt. The other staff of the NBRC will be furloughed until appropriations and operations are resumed.
For the entire shutdown plan, please click HERE.