U.S. senators Peter Welch and Bernie Sanders and Gov. Phil Scott gathered on Monday to celebrate $10.8 million in grant awards through the Northern Border Regional Commission. The Center for Agricultural Economy received a $500,000 grant for renovations of the 12,500-square-foot Hardwick Yellow Barn Business Accelerator building to expand agricultural and small business support services. The town of Brighton received a $1,000,000 grant for upgrades to a wastewater treatment facility. The town of Greensboro was awarded $1,000,000 for construction of a new town-owned wastewater collection, conveyance, treatment, and soil-based disposal facility to replace the failing on-site septic systems, allowing for housing and business development. Sterling College in Craftsbury was awarded a $275,643 grant for development and launch of a curricular component, Experiential Endeavors, focused on the agricultural, ecological, educational, recreational, and food systems sectors. This year’s funding to Vermont is nearly double that of prior-year investments.
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